Meet Your Counselors!
Ms. Molly Pruski (Director of School Counseling): Welcome to the Counseling Department! As the Director of School Counseling, I am so excited to be working with your students this year. I am a graduate of both the University of Charleston and West Virginia University, and spent several years working for our Federal Government prior to pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling. My belief is that all of our children can be successful, as long as they have a strong advocate in their life. We work each day to mentor our students and serve as positive role models for them. The idea that “we’re all in this together,” allows their success to be our success and their setbacks to be something we must overcome together. I look forward to working and growing together. Please reach out if ever I can be of assistance!
Ms. Medina Gipson (8th Grade): This will be my 33rd year in education with the past 16 years serving in Prince William County. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education from Abilene Christian University with endorsements in School Counseling, Supervision and Instruction, and Special Education. I am new at Woodbridge Middle School and have witnessed that your children are in good hands. Administrators and teachers are committed to academic success for all students. My role as one of the school counselors is to provide support for that same success.
Ms. DeAnne Lewis (7th Grade): I am a native Northern Virginian from Fairfax County. Prior to coming to PWCS, I served as a primary counselor for an intensive inpatient drug/alcohol program along with working for ASAP (Alcohol Safety Action Program) in Fairfax. This will be my 25th year in education here in Prince William County. The first 20 years, I spent working for the Office of Student Services as a Student Assistance Program Specialist (SAPS); providing primary prevention and intervention in the areas of substance abuse, bullying, mediations, violence, and suicide. I served thousands of students during those years at all three grade levels; high school, middle, and elementary. I have a Master's Degree in Counseling from Suffolk University, Boston, MA and have an endorsement in school counseling. My goal as a middle school counselor is to stress the importance of integrity at all times, taking care of oneself, asking for help, and encouraging healthy peer relationships. Through my humor and direct but caring approach with students, I am hopeful they will make the necessary behavioral changes to help ensure academic and social success.
Mr. Julio Zevallos (ESOL): I was born in Peru and immigrated to the United States in 1981. I have been a teacher in the county for the last 24 years, and have worked with English learners for over a decade. More recently, I completed a Master degree in the School Counseling program at George Mason University. Currently, I combine a counseling part-time job with my teaching duties. At Woodbridge Middle, I enjoy counseling individual students and working with all members of the school staff in order to better coordinate services for any student that needs help. This year, I am the school counselor for all ESOL students levels 1-3. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish. My teaching experience, counseling training, and personal background as a former English learner and immigrant makes me particularly well suited to assist English learners and their families. I help newcomers to the country, and their parents, overcome cultural, educational, and institutional barriers.
Ms. Jessica Lewis (6th Grade): This is my first year at Woodbridge Middle School, as well as my first year as a School Counselor. My previous experience has included higher education recruitment, art therapy, program management and most recently, marketing for a rock climbing gym. Motivated by my passion to see children build confidence and resiliency, I earned a Master's Degree in School Counseling from the George Washington University. It is an honor to be a part of your students' journey as they explore their identities, navigate peer relationships, learn skills of self-advocacy, develop their strengths and become empowered life-long learners. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Seminole family and my door is always open!