Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year at Oak Hill Elementary School! We are very excited about working with all of the Oak Hill students! Kimberly Gallagher (formerly Sharp) is returning to Oak Hill as our full-time counselor and will be working with first, third, fifth, and sixth grade general education. Christy Ryder is back as one of our part-time school counselors and will be working with fourth grade and sixth grade AAC on Wednesdays, Fridays, and alternating Tuesdays. Please welcome Melissa Cochrane to Oak Hill as our new part-time counselor. Melissa will be working with kindergarten and second grade on Thursdays, Fridays and alternating Tuesdays.
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Meet the counselors…
Kimberly grew up in a military family that moved around a lot! She has lived in Germany, Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada (Las Vegas), Georgia, and Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and her Graduate Degree from Valdosta State University in Georgia. Kimberly got married last December to another Hokie graduate and has a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named, Beau Walker, who she adores and talks about all of the time. She enjoys going to Bethany Beach, watching college football, and working with your kids!!
Christy grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, and is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. She received her teaching degree from James Madison University and her school counseling degree from Virginia Tech. Christy and her husband are proud parents of Caroline, 4, and Craig, 2. In her free time, Christy enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and playing volleyball in her neighborhood league. She is looking forward to another exciting year at Oak Hill!
Melissa is joining us from Fairfax Villa Elementary School and also grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. In fact, she and Christy grew up within miles of each other and graduated from the same high school. Melissa received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her school counseling degree from Marymount University. Melissa has a 2 year old daughter named Sydney and enjoys exercising and walking her dog, Kuma. She is thrilled to join the Oak Hill family!
How can I contact the counselor?
We are looking forward to a great year! Please visit our Blackboard course for more information about the school counseling program.
Kimberly Gallagher, Christy Ryder, and Melissa Cochrane