School Counseling

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The Indian River High School Counseling Department can help with a variety of things, including but not limited to, graduation information, course selection advisement, Dual Enrollment (DE), career advisement, transcripts, and college decisions.  When you call or email we will make every attempt to assist you in finding the answers to your questions. We look forward to working with all Indian River High School Braves and parents. 

Our department office hours are from 8:30am until 3:45 pm for students and parents each school day.

Parents and students are encouraged to directly email their counselor to ask questions.  

Parents/Guardians: to request appointments with counselors or to schedule a conference with multiple teachers, please click on the name of the counselor for your student below to send an email.

Students: to request an appointment, please click the link to visit your counselor’s appointment page.

School Counseling Department:
Office: 757-578-7009
Fax: 757-578-3420

IRH School Counseling Staff
Please click the respective name to send them an email. 

Mr. Scott Cohen
School Counseling Director
Mr. Scott Cohen grew up in Short Pump, Virginia and graduated from Mills Godwin High School. He is considered a triple Hoo as he earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UVA in 1992, a Master’s in Counselor Education from UVA in 1994, and an Educational Specialist Degree from UVA in 2008.   Mr. Cohen started his career at Indian River High School in 1994 as a School Counselor and has been here ever since.  He has served as a School Counselor for 11 years and as the School Counseling Director for 16 years. While at Indian River he was a class sponsor for 13 years, the Academic Advisor for over 15 years, and he emcees the Miss/Mr. IR pageant as well as other Chesapeake and Virginia Beach high school pageants each year.

Responsibilities and Duties:
School Counseling/Guidance Department Chair
Virginia Summer Governor’s School
School SOL Testing Coordinator
NCAA Eligibility
College Board Testing Special Accommodations Coordinator

Mr. Timothy Hargrove
School Counselor for students with last names A-Cr

Mr. Timothy Hargrove is a native of Portsmouth, Virginia and a proud graduate of Churchland High School. He earned a B.A. in English: Communication Sciences and Disorders from Norfolk State University (Go Spartans!);  a M.A. in Urban Education: Professional School Counseling K-12 from Norfolk State University; and a Post-Master Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. Mr. Hargrove has been with Chesapeake Public Schools for 8 years, spending 6 years  at the elementary level and he is excited to be in his 2nd year at the River! Mr. Hargrove has one dog, Maxie G and enjoys spending time with family, friends and the Marching Spartan “Legion” band at Norfolk State University as well as working out, traveling and attending church.  One of his favorite quotes is, “I Am…two of the most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality.”

Responsibilities and Duties:
Scholarship Coordinator
Technology Committee
Communications’ Committee
Assistant Page master

To schedule an appointment click here: Calendly

Ms. Teonna Thompson
School Counselor for students with last names Cu-Har

Ms. Teonna Thompson is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia and a proud graduate of Chesapeake Public Schools. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Old Dominion University and a M.A. in School Counseling from Old Dominion University. Ms. Thompson was a long-term substitute for Indian River High School’s Guidance Department in 2019 and is now a full-time Professional School Counselor at Indian River High School. Ms. Thompson has an art business called Teezie Designs. In addition, she uses her art business as a platform to support the youth in the Hampton Roads area by hosting events like “Back to School Drives,” and/or “Thanksgiving Food and Toy Drives.” Ms. Thompson’s favorite quote is, “Two things you are in total control in life are your attitude and your effort.” 

Responsibilities and Duties:
Dual Enrollment
Angel Tree Committee
Assistant Coach for Girls Varsity Volleyball
Assistant Coach for Girls Basketball Program

To schedule an appointment click here: Calendly

Mrs. Christen Jones
School Counselor for students with last names Has-Mc
Mrs. Christen Jones is a long-time resident of Chesapeake, Virginia and a proud graduate of Oscar Smith High School.  She earned her B.S. in Earth Science Education and M.S.Ed. in School Counseling from Old Dominion University.  Mrs. Jones taught 6th and 8th grade Science for seven years at Indian River Middle School, where she also served as the NJHS sponsor, a HYPE mentor, and the ESTAT secretary.  She then went on to teach Earth Science here at Indian River High School for two years prior to becoming a School Counselor. This is her 13th year as an educator (and as a proud Brave!) – all of which have been in Chesapeake.  Outside of school, Mrs. Jones enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, fitness, traveling, reading, and crafting.  One of her favorite quotes is “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.

Responsibilities and Duties:
AP Coordinator
Homebound Coordinator
ESTAT
Angel Committee
VTSS Committee (Secretary)

To schedule an appointment click here: Calendly

Mrs. Katrina Peterson
School Counselor for students with last names Me-Sc

Mrs. Katrina Peterson has 20 years of professional experience as a school counselor with Chesapeake Public Schools. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in School Counseling from the renowned North Carolina A & T State University (Aggie Pride!). In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to podcasts, reading and shopping. One of her favorite quotes is “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Wishing is not enough; we must do.”

Responsibilities & Duties:
Academic Career Plan Coordinator

College Visits Coordinator
PSAT Coordinator 

To schedule an appointment click here: Calendly 

Ms. Kelly Potts
School Counselor for students with last names Se-Z
Ms. Kelly Potts is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and a graduate of Hickory High School. She earned a B.S. in Science: Psychology from Old Dominion University and an M.S. in Education: School Counseling at Old Dominion University. Ms. Potts has been with Chesapeake Public Schools for 3 years, spending 2 years at Oscar Smith Middle and happy to be new to the River this year! Ms. Potts enjoys laid back activities and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys interior design and is a UNC Chapel Hill Basketball fan – Go Tarheels!  One of her favorite quotes is, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

Responsibilities and Duties:
Career Counseling
Chesapeake Career Center Liaison
Military Liaison

To schedule an appointment click here: Calendly 

Mrs. Crystal Goodman
Student Assistance Counselor
Mrs. Crystal Goodman is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and a proud graduate of Great Bridge High School. She double majored at THE Norfolk State University, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology: Mental Health, and a B.S. in Early Childhood Educations. Mrs. Goodman met the love of her life, “Dion”, and together they had 3 beautiful children, KyAura, Kristopher, and Kameron. After teaching for 10 years, Mrs. Goodman wanted to help students on a larger scale. So, she returned to school by going to Cambridge College. There, she received her M. Ed. in School Counseling, and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in School Administration and Instruction. Mrs. Goodman has been in education for 19 years, in Chesapeake for 15 and a counselor at Indian River High School for 10 years. Mrs. Goodman loves spending time with her family and friends, going to church, taking pictures professionally and making t-shirts. Mrs. Goodman lives by the quote, “If you can believe, you can receive it, IT’S YOURS!!!”

Responsibilities and Duties:
Student Assistance Counselor
Crisis Counselor
AVID Counselor
Truancy/Attendance

To Schedule an appointment please send Mrs. Goodman an email.

Mrs. Nicole Eze
School Counseling Department Secretary
Mrs. Nicole Eze is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and a proud graduate of Great Bridge High School. She earned an A.A.S. in Legal Assisting from Tidewater Community College and has done further studies in Criminal Justice at Regent University. Mrs. Eze has been with Indian River High School since 2000 as their Guidance Secretary and Registrar and the proud sponsor of the class of 2007. She places God as number one in her life and believes in doing things with His will and grace. In her downtime she loves reading, listening to music, spending time with family and friends and purchasing and collecting shoes. One of her favorite quotes is “It is much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it”.

Responsibilities and Duties:
Administrative Assistant Duties
Records Management
Assisting families with enrollments and withdrawals

Mrs. Natasha Sackey
Access Counselor
Mrs. Natasha Sackey is a graduate of Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Virginia.  She earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and Public Relations from Virginia State University (Orange and Blue). She has been with The ACCESS College Foundation (https://accesscollege.org) for 7 years. This is her 5th year as the ACCESS Advisor at IRHS. Mrs. Sackey is also a former recipient of the ACCESS scholarship. As an Advisor she can help you with the college and financial aid process from A-Z and more! She enjoys traveling and having fun with her husband and 3 year old daughter, Lauryn.

Responsibilities and Duties:
Mrs. Sackey works with 9-12th graders to help with preparation for college and other pathways. 

FAFSA $$ Assistance (financial aid)
College Application completion assistance
Fee waivers for college applications
SAT/ACT Test waivers
VA SOAR Scholarship Program
College tours (before Covid-19)
$cholarships
And more!!

To Schedule an appointment click here: Mrs. Sackey Calendly
(Mrs. Sackey is flexible, if you prefer another day or time, please email  her)

Visit Mrs. Sackey’s Virtual Office

*ACCESS is a program that is offered in the high and middle schools from Northampton, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Western Tidewater area.  Additionally ACCESS has a College Success Program that is available on 13 VA college campuses to assist students. There is also a Career Connection Program to assist college students with finding employment and internships*

Ms. Hailey Estes
SOL Testing Clerk
Ms. Hailey Estes is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia and a proud graduate of Indian River High School. After college, Ms. Estes came back to her home and continued her journey of being a Brave and has worked here for 14 years serving as the attendance secretary and for the past 4 years, has served as the SOL testing clerk. Ms. Estes is also the Varsity cheerleading coach, sponsor of Alpha Omega Phi Tri-Hi-Y, and the director of the Miss and Mr. Indian River Pageant. She loves Indian River and enjoys being a part of the Braves family!

Responsibilities and Duties:
SOL Testing Clerk
Awards Committee
Varsity Cheerleading Coach
Alpha Omega Phi Tri-Hi-Y Sponsor
Miss and Mr. Indian River Pageant Director

Mrs.  Holly Tuten
Graduation Coach
Mrs. Tuten grew up in Chesapeake, VA and graduated from Indian River High School.  Mrs. Tuten received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Science Degree from Old Dominion University.  This year marks her 3rd year at Indian River high school and 21st year in education.  Throughout her career, she has been a History teacher, department chair, assistant principal, and now serves as a graduation coach. Mrs. Tuten loves to spend time with her family and being on the beach.  One of Mrs. Tuten’s favorite quotes is “you cannot control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.” 

Responsibilities & Duties:
Assist with on-time graduation
Assist with attendance compliance
Assist with academic achievement
Liason for ISAEP program
VTSS Site Coordinator