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School Counseling

Our Counselors

School Counselors

From left to right: Mr. John Baxter, Mrs. Rachel Machen, Mrs. Dana Papalia, Ms. Tara DeComo, Mr. Ben O'Connor, Mr. Tim McLister


Our counselors are assigned by student last name. For last names starting in:

About Our Office

The Fox Chapel Area School District counseling program:

  • Is standards driven and developmentally based
  • Is comprehensive and equally accessible to all students
  • Is focused on students' personal responsibility, basic need fulfillment, and individual decision making
  • Is planned and coordinated by the school counseling team
  • Is based on the importance of prevention while providing intervention and ongoing support
  • Is strengthened by the collaboration, communication, and support of the administration, staff, parents or guardians and community

The counselors in Fox Chapel Area School District believe:

  • All students have dignity, worth, and the potential to succeed
  • Support from home, school, and community enhances all students' opportunity to reach their potential
  • All students have individual differences that need to be addressed by all personnel through the use of teamwork and collaboration
  • The interdependent areas of academic, career, ethical, social, emotional, and physical development are equally important to all students
  • Abide by the ethical standards described by the American School Counselor Association
  • Act as advocates for all students
  • Provide and participate in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program