Meet the Counselors
School counselors promote and enhance achievement with an annual comprehensive school counseling plan that ensures that every student receives school counseling services. Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention with continuous academic, career, and personal/development activities that will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world. These activities include classroom guidance, small groups for skill mastery, individual counseling for students with specific needs, and a variety of other proactive and innovative ways to support student performance.
School counselors implement a program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. They also provide resources to staff, students, families, and others to ensure that a family-friendly environment is established and ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.
Parents are always welcome to come in or call 754-323-3800 for assistance or advice.
Ms. Vastie Lherrisson, 6th Grade Guidance Counselor
I would like each student to receive the best education while preparing to be college and career-ready. I am dedicated to ensuring that students feel supported throughout their educational journey either within the school building or a virtual classroom. My objective is to work with all stakeholders to create a positive learning environment where students can reflect on their emotional growth and gain the skills needed to achieve their academic goals.
“Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ms. Elisa Weisel, 7th Grade Guidance Counselor
My name is Elisa Weisel and I am a brand-new resident of Florida. I was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts, outside of Plymouth, where I lived for most of my life. I started out my employment journey as a college and adult career counselor. During that time, I saw too many people graduate from college without being prepared for the workforce and/or who were miserable in their jobs. I became a high school and middle school guidance counselor mainly to help students enter the workforce in jobs that they were not only prepared for but in jobs where they would truly be happy.
For the past eleven years, I have worked for Baltimore County Public Schools, first as a middle school special educator and, for the past seven years, as an elementary school counselor.
As a counselor, I have always made it my point to get to know students in every aspect: academically, personally, and socially/emotionally. Getting to know students and developing a trusting relationship with them and their parents is how I lay the groundwork for helping students reach their maximum potential.
I relocated to Florida to be with my family. I have a daughter, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren who live in Davie. Secondly, I chose to come to Awesome Olsen Middle, primarily because it is an all-magnet middle school. The school system where I worked, Baltimore County Public Schools, had a large magnet school program. With my background working there as a magnet school liaison and my career background, Olsen became a perfect fit for me!
I describe myself as an outdoor person. One of my favorite activities prior to moving to Florida was hiking in the woods. I enjoyed challenging hikes over rocky terrain. Growing up in Massachusetts, I also became an avid sports fan, especially baseball. I love the Boston Red Sox and follow the baseball season from start to finish.
If you have any questions, please visit the Zoom Welcome Center.
Ms. Moniquie Foster, School Counseling Director
Greetings Awesome Olsen Family,
Middle students are unique, and it can be a trying and sometimes scary time for students and parents alike. We, the School Counseling department here at Olsen Middle School, are here to help you through these three years. Our purpose is to help students be successful during their three-year experience with us in middle school. We, as school counselors, focus on the development of the student as a whole person, facilitating academic achievement, career planning, and social/personal functioning while serving as a needed bridge between counseling and education in school. Here at Olsen, we strive to develop lifelong learners as we prepare students for high school and beyond. We strive to show our students that the impossible is possible and that they can decide what your future reality will be. Middle school is the time to set goals, develop good study habits, time management skills, and plan for higher education- whether that involves community college, vocational programs, a four-year college or university, going directly into the workforce, or joining the military. We look forward to working with all our students and parents throughout the years your child spends at Awesome Olsen.
Excellence for Every Student Everyday!
School Counseling Director
"In your heart, you have a song that will change the world, once you give yourself permission to sing."
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Benefits
Are you concerned about your student's social and emotional learning?
When the benefits of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) are considered, students show:
- 23% improvement in social and emotional skills
- Have an 11% improvement in achievement test scores
For more information go to the BCPS Social and Emotional Learning Webpage.
School Social Work Department
Provides school and community resources so students can achieve educational success.
School Family Counseling
Free on-campus individual and family counseling. (Monday-Friday 7:30am-7:30pm)
Fosters academic achievement, career awareness, personal growth, and a positive self-image for students.
A multi-agency endeavor designed to support children who are experiencing serious emotional disturbances.