Meet the Jamestown Counseling Team
Dr. Karen Spees, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
I am the full time counselor at Jamestown Elementary school in Arlington, Virginia, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Arlington as well. I received my Ph.D. in Education, with specialties in counseling and conflict resolution, from George Mason University. In addition to my experience in counseling, I have been an elementary teacher and support group leader. My research interests are in peer mediation and gender issues in elementary settings. I have made presentations at the local, state and national level regarding my research findings, and was published in the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) proceedings. I was named the Arlington Public Schools Elementary Counselor of the Year for 2007-2008. Born in Missouri, I have lived in Arlington for most of my life and am a graduate of Washington-Lee High School.
Mark M. Jones, M.A.
I am a part-time counselor at Jamestown Elementary School in Arlington, VA. I am at Jamestown on Fridays, working primarily with the kindergarten and first grade students. I majored in psychology at Connecticut College, a small liberal arts college in New London, then embarked on my first career as a child counselor at a community mental health agency. I became side-tracked for a bit (three decades) as a civil trial lawyer practicing locally. However, I recently received my second graduate degree (masters in school counseling) so that I could resume my favorite job of helping children succeed. I am an avid tennis player and bicycler (you might see me riding around Arlington on my beloved bike of 35 years – “Blue”). My wife and I have lived in Arlington for almost 30 years. Our daughter is in her first year of teaching in Boston (6th grade) and our son is a senior in college.
Olivia McCormick, Counseling Intern, GWU
I am completing my master’s degree in school counseling at George Washington University, and will be the counseling intern at Jamestown Elementary throughout this school year. I will be at Jamestown on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. I received my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University in 2016. I grew up in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoy spending time with my friends and family, finding new music to listen to, and taking advantage of all that DC has to offer.