• MCPS School Counseling Mission, Vision, and Beliefs

    Mission, Vision, and Beliefs

    Vision Statement

    Each student in Manassas City Public Schools will become a productive citizen of the 21st century. The MCPS comprehensive school counseling program will support all students in becoming: 

    • Effective communicators and collaborators.
    • Critical and creative thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers.
    • Globally aware, independent, responsible learners, and citizens.

    Mission Statement  

    The mission of the Manassas City Public Schools (K-12) comprehensive school counseling program is to support students in the areas of academic, career, and social/emotional development through a proactive student-centered curriculum designed to develop the whole child.

    MCPS school counselors believe:

    • Each student has dignity and worth, regardless of their individual differences.
    • All students have the ability to meet their academic potential and become career and/or college ready by graduation.
    • Each student's differences and special needs must be considered in the planning, implementation, and delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program.
    • School counselors must collaborate with and advocate for the students and families that they serve, helping to ensure access to an academically challenging learning environment that inspires and engages all students.
    • Student achievement is enhanced by participation in a comprehensive school counseling program.
    • All students have access to a full-time, state-certified, master's degree-level professional school counselor.
    • Data is necessary to continually evaluate and implement the most successful and appropriate interventions for the students in our schools.
    • Adherence to the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors allows staff to make decisions based on best school counseling practices.  

    About Our Counselors


    Robert Vavrinak 

    Hello everyone, I am proud to be back for another year as a school counselor here at Mayfield Intermediate School. I am a graduate of Trinity Washington University with a master’s in School Counseling and Westminster College (PA) where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology. I have previous experience in a variety of settings, including working in a multitude of mental health settings, as a substitute teacher, and as a substitute school counselor. My wife and I have two sons who are named James and Lucas! I am also a big football fan (Go Pack Goes!) and enjoy watching hockey (Let’s go Pens!). I look forward to assisting your students with their academic, career, and social-emotional needs through individual meetings, small groups, and in-class lessons. I look forward to continuing to meet and work with the members of the Mayfield Intermediate Family.



    Jill LaScola 

    My name is Jill LaScola and I am excited for another year as a Mayfield Bobcat!! I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Liberty University and a Master’s degree in Professional School Counseling from Liberty University. I have three amazing children. When we aren’t enjoying the outdoors, playing board games, or traveling, we can be found cheering on our favorite New England teams! I am excited to meet each and every one of you and assist in supporting student achievement. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance.

    I am looking forward to a fantastic school year!



    Tammy Shaffer    

    Hello!  My name is Tammy Shaffer and I am very excited to be a school counselor at Mayfield Intermediate School. Most recently, I was a school counselor at Jennie Dean Elementary but have also worked in Fauquier and Fairfax County during my educational career. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.  I then went on to complete my Master’s in School Counseling from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. 

    I love spending time with my husband, our children, and our two dogs.  I also enjoy watching professional baseball, reading, and refinishing furniture. I look forward to working with the students, our school staff, and families in the Mayfield community.  I am here to provide support and assistance to students with academic, career, and social-emotional needs through individual counseling, small counseling groups, and classroom lessons.  Go Mayfield Bobcats! 



    Erica Lima-Bravo    

    Hello everyone! My name is Erica Lima-Bravo.  I am super excited to be working as a school counselor here at Mayfield Intermediate School as a member of the Bobcat family!  I am a graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, VA., earning my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology.  I will be earning my Master’s degree in School Counseling in December 2023 at George Mason University.  I have previous experience working with students in daycare at the Merit School of Manassas Park, as a 4th-grade catechist at All Saints Catholic Church, and within the MCPS division working as a Pre-K Instructional Assistant at Round, as a Substitute Teacher, as a Summer School Translator, and have had the opportunity of interning in MCPS and FCPS to prepare for licensure.

    I am the oldest of 4 siblings; I love spending time with my family and loved ones, especially when we go to Mexico (Puebla in particular) to visit even more family! I love reading, watching K-drama, traveling, and hiking.  Please contact me if you need assistance.  I am super excited and looking forward to assisting your students with their academic, career, and social-emotional needs through individual meetings, small groups, and classroom lessons.  It’s going to be an amazing year!




Meet The Counselors