• “Disclaimer: Due to the current building shutdown, school counselors cannot address mental health emergencies, and are only available to respond to other requests or emails during school hours. If at any time you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health emergency: tell the nearest adult, call 9-1-1 for support, or contact the local Community Services Board 24/7 at 703-792-7800 for non-life-threatening mental health emergencies.


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     Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! School Counselors are here to facilitate academic, career and social/emotional development with all of the Mayfield students. During distance learning, we are available from 8:30 am until 4 pm Monday through Friday. Please feel free to email us at any time with questions or concerns. We look forward to supporting students, parents, and staff throughout this unique experience! 

    Academic goal: Students will acquire the academic preparation essential to choose from a variety of educational, training, and employment options upon completion of secondary school.

    Career goal: Students will investigate the world of work in order to make informed career decisions. Please see the resources related to career development.

     Personal/Social goal: Students will acquire an understanding of and respect for self and others, and the skills to be responsible citizens.

     This school year we will be providing students with weekly virtual lessons focusing on social-emotional learning, such as self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills.


    About Our Counselors


    Robert Vavrinak 

    Hello everyone, I am proud to be back for my second 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 named James (4) and we just welcomed our second son Lucas over the summer! I am also a big football fan (Go Pack Go!), 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 working with the members of the Mayfield Intermediate Family.


     Amber Dutchess

    Hello! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Amber Dutchess and this is my sixth year as a Mayfield Intermediate school counselor. I am originally from Pennsylvania and received my master’s degree in School Counseling from Edinboro University. Prior to being at Mayfield, I was at Round Elementary for three years working with students in a counselor role and love working in Manassas City! I live with my husband and three pugs, and I enjoy being outside and I also practice yoga. As a school counselor, I will be working with students through individual counseling, small groups, and monthly classroom lessons, as well as working with community stakeholders to best meet the needs of all students at Mayfield. Working with students is my passion and I absolutely love working with the students in Manassas City. I am looking forward to working with your child and having a successful school year!


    Jill LaScola 

     Hello Bobcats, My name is Jill LaScola and I am excited to join the Mayfield family! 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: Katelyn and Kylie attend James Madison University (Go Dukes!)  and Kaden is in the 8th grade. 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 an amazing school year!



    Elizabeth Thomasson

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself; my name is Liz Thomasson, and I am entering my seventh year as a school counselor, and my fifth year as part of the Mayfield family. I hold a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a master’s in School Counseling from Liberty University’s online program. I love to spend time with family and friends (especially my baby niece!), watch figure skating, play card, and board games, and be with my energetic dog, Luna. I look forward to continuing to offer support to the students, staff, families, and community in Manassas this year. I am here to help students achieve their goals!



Meet The Counselors