Learn about Oak Hill's Clinical Team
A Note from the Oak Hill Clinical Team…
We are here to support all Oak Hill students and families. We put together a list of resources that we hope will be helpful during this time. Please reach out to any member of the Clinical Team if you would like assistance navigating these resources or if you (the parent/guardian) would like to set up a mental wellness consultation. The consultations are not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911.
Have your child visit the School Counseling Virtual Guidance Site for activities, fun ideas, and coping strategies. Check back weekly for updates. Please note, students must first log in to their fcpsschools.net account to access the site.
School Counselor, Kimberly Gallagher @email
School Social Worker, Cammy McCleskey @email
School Psychologist, Ginny Phinney @email
School Counselor, Christy Ryder @email
Resources to Help You Talk to Your Children
Talking to Children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource (Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Vietnamese & Amharic)
Resources for Mental Health Services
Northwest Center for Community Mental Health: 703-481-4100
Crisis Link Regional Hotline: 703-527-4077
Merrifield Center Emergency Services: 703-573-5679
Resources for Basic Needs
Brightpaths (food assistance by referral only)
Food For Others (weekly food distribution at specified locations)
Oak Hill’s school counseling program strives to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and college and career counseling services. The belief that all students can achieve academic success is a touchstone of our program. We work with students in a variety of different capacities including lunch bunches, classroom lessons, group counseling, and individual counseling.
Please do not hesitate to contact a counselor at Oak Hill.
Social Work and Support Services
School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.
All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.
Our School Social Worker
Cammy McCleskey, [email protected]
School Psychology Services
School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other care givers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.
Our School Psychologist
Ginny Phinney, [email protected]