School Counseling

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. 

Summer Information: During summer break, our hours are 8:00am-3:30pm and we will have one counselor working each work day, but it may be a different counselor each day. The best way for us to assist you with any questions or concerns is for you to fill out this google form and and the “counselor of the day” will respond within 2 business days.  Please note that if you just e-mail a counselor, he/she may not be working.


During the school year, our department office hours are from 8:30am until 3:50pm for students and parents each school day.

Parents and students are encouraged to directly email their counselor to ask questions. During the 2022-2023 school year, appointments are preferred to meet with counselors.  

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 send your counselor an email or stop by the office.

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 Team
IRH Webmaster

School Counselor for students with last names Cu-Har

Please contact Mr. Cohen. 

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 14th 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
Benevolent Braves Committee
VTSS Committee

Students with last names Me-Sc

Please contact Mr. Cohen. 

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

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

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 ( 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)
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. Lee Anne Johnson
Graduation Coach
Mrs. Lee Anne Johnson is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia and is a graduate of Princess Anne High School. She earned a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University and a M.S. in Education from Old Dominion University. Mrs. Johnson was a co-teacher for the Program of Accelerated Learning (PAL) where she taught US history, life science and physical science for 14 years. She then taught all subjects and grade levels at Indian River Middle as the Academic Resource Class (ARC) teacher. This is her 27th year as an educator and she is excited to start her new role at Indian River High School.

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

Ms. Ciara Pervall
Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Ms. Ciara Pervall is a native of Richmond, VA and has lived in Hampton Roads since 2004. She is an honor graduate from Norfolk State University with a B.S. in Business Management and is currently enrolled in the graduate program at James Madison University. In 2015, Ms. P started her teaching career as a substitute for Portsmouth Public Schools. In a few months time, she became a Career & Technical Education teacher for Norfolk Public Schools where she earned her credentials in Business & IT. For five years, she taught courses such as Computer Information Systems, IT Fundamentals, and Web Design and Multimedia. She has also served as the lead FBLA advisor, junior class sponsor, and work-based learning coordinator. Her most gratifying hobbies include making memories with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering. One of her favorite quotes is by John C. Maxwell, “If you want to keep giving you have to keep growing!”

Responsibilities & Duties:
College, Career, and Civic Readiness Initiative (CCCRI)