Meet the Counseling Team

Meet the Jamestown Counseling Team

Spees, CounselorDr. 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.

Picture of Ms. BisbeeKelynne Bisbee, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.

Ms. Bisbee is a half-time school counselor at Jamestown, working mainly with kindergarten and first grade. She earned her M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. (masters plus 30) in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Starting in 2000, Ms. Bisbee was the full-time counselor at Barcroft for 5 years and Glebe for 3 years. Since becoming a mom, she has been a part-time counselor at Nottingham, Carlin Springs, Barrett, and Jamestown schools. Ms. Bisbee has presented at national and state school counseling conferences and is a published author. She lives in Arlington with her husband, young son, mother-in-law, and a small zoo of pets. Ms. Bisbee works at Jamestown on Wednesday mornings (8:30-12), and Thursdays and Fridays (8:30-4).

Due to her itinerant schedule, she prefers to be contacted initially by email at and she will respond in a timely manner.

Katie SwanKatie Swan – Counseling Intern

Ms. Katie Swan will be working at Jamestown Elementary all day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  She is getting her Master’s in school counseling from George Mason University, and will be graduating this May!  She received her Bachelor’s in human services and psychology from Old Dominion University in 2015 and has been working with children for ten years! In addition to being a counseling intern and substitute teacher in Arlington, Ms. Swan enjoys cooking, running, and playing with her two year old lab named Ollie.  She is so excited to be a part of the Jamestown team. Go Jaguars!