Jayne Caflin Fonash has served as the Director of School Counseling at the Academy of Science since 2005, following eight-year tenure at Potomac Falls High School where she was the Guidance Director and a member of the Charter Faculty and Administrative Leadership Team for the first new high school in Loudoun County in over 20 years. Her path to high school college counseling reads much like the twenty-first century career paths she describes to her students. She tells them that they will most likely have a varied career path and work in several related areas over the course of their lives.
Her work has always been with children and their families; the first twenty years in public and private mental health practice prepared her to assist high school students and families in facing a multitude of real-world challenges. The range of her practice included individual and family therapy, school-based counseling and consultation, forensic evaluations, and treatment of adolescents and families in court-ordered treatment as well as active participation in several community-based task forces in child sexual abuse, youth services and domestic violence services. Dr. Fonash spent her first two years with LCPS as a counselor at Board Run High School.
As she made the shift into secondary school counseling, one of her goals was to develop a school counseling program that would encourage students to become self-directive and responsible for their behavior in relation to academic achievement. With a range of factors influencing decisions concerning student mental health and post-secondary education, counselors are tasked with providing students with the information and skills necessary to prepare for and participate in post-secondary education.
Her leadership and membership in the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling (PCACAC) and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) have helped her to develop the leadership, advocacy and counseling skills necessary to successfully engage counselors, students and parents in the college and career planning process. Dr. Fonash is a Past-President of PCACAC, has also served as the Chair of the PCACAC Government Relations Committee and a member of the NACAC Government Relations Committee. She is currently serving a three-year term as a Board Director on the NACAC Board of Directors.
Acting as a voice for students who have none, she has played a leadership role in advocacy work at the state and national level, focusing on access and equity in post-secondary education for all students. She was invited to testify to the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill on behalf of NACAC in
June 2014 in support of The Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, legislation designed to assist students and families to make well-informed choices about the cost of post-secondary education.
Dr. Fonash was recognized in 2013 as the recipient of the NACAC Government Relations Award, and in 2015 as the recipient of the PCACAC Apperson Award.
Dr. Fonash's professional affiliations also include the American School Counseling Association, the George Mason Community Admissions Advisory Council, the National Consortium of Specialized Stem Schools, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She is currently serving a three-year term as a member of the Immaculata University Alumni Board of Governors.
Dr. Fonash received a B.A. in English from Immacualta University, an M.A. in Counseling from Villanova University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the Curry School of the University of Virginia.