-American School Counselor Association

"Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow."
Each student meets individually with their counselor in scheduled appointments. Additional individual meetings, initiated by counselor or student, take place as needed to discuss academic or personal concerns. If an issue arises which requires more in-depth counseling than our counselors are able to provide within the confines of a school day, the counselor will assist the student and their family in helping find appropriate community resources.

Counseling Services

List of 4 items.

  • Academic Programs

    • Study Skills & Learning – Providing different strategies for academic success
    • Gateway – Program designed to give freshmen the tools to develop the foundations for success through first semester classroom guidance sessions
    • Individual Support – Personalized academic planning
    • Peer Tutoring – One-on-one tutoring support
  • Leadership Programs

    • C2AC – Mentoring program through which juniors help with the freshmen’s transition to high school
    • Enhancement Programs – Internship and summer program experiences
    • Grade Level Assessments – Learning Style, Career Inventory, Strength Finder
    • Self-Assessments – A student-led conference focusing on academic performance and progress toward meeting the Gilmour Academy outcomes — see "Self-Assessments" button for details
    • Advisory – A group of 8-10 students and a faculty member who meet weekly for discussions and school updates. The advisor also helps with goal-setting, self-assessments, scheduling and areas of academic concern.
  • Social Emotional Programs

    • Individual Counseling – Guiding students toward possible solutions
    • Relationships – Creating, building and fostering healthy relationships
    • Adolescent Growth & Development – Navigating developmental milestones
    • Parent Programming – A series of engaging programs, workshops and guest speakers to educate parents on current topics relating to adolescent development
    • Substance Abuse Programming – Educating adolescents to make healthy choices through various programs
  • Career Programs

    • Assessments – Students take the following assessments: Learning Style Inventory, Personality/Career Inventory, Strength Finder.
    • Classroom Guidance – Students have the opportunity to interact with grade-level students on relevant topics.
    • Alumni Career Day  – Alumni come to campus to share information about their respective careers.
    • Career Exploration through Summer Initiatives –  Students  consult counselors to determine passions and opportunities outside of the classroom.

MS/US School Counseling Staff

List of 3 members.

  • Mrs. Meagan (Urban) Fowler '06 

    Director, Student Support Services
    (440) 473-8000 x5002
  • Ms. Samantha Johnson '09 

    Director of Upper School Counseling; Assistant Coach-Varsity Girls Lacrosse
    (440) 473-8000 x3008
  • Ms. Rebecca Reidy 

    Associate Director of College and Residence Life Counseling
    (440) 473-8000 x3004

List of 4 members.

  • Ms. Michele Kay 

    Coordinator of Learning Enhancement; School Counselor
    (440) 473-8000 x3009
  • Mr. James Kazel Jr.  

    School Counselor, US; Head Coach, JV Boys and Varsity-B Girls Tennis; Assistant Coach-Varsity-A Boys
    (440) 473-8000 x3007
  • Mrs. Kathleen Lynch 

    Administrative Assistant to the Director of Upper School; College Counseling and Student Development
    (440) 473-8000 x3001
  • Mrs. Erin Song 

    School Counselor, US; Head Coach-Varsity Girls Lacrosse
    (440) 473-8000 x3010

Mailing Address

34001 Cedar Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040
phone: (440) 473-8000

Campus Addresses
An independent, Catholic, coed, day and boarding school in the Holy Cross tradition. Toddler-grade 12.