Jayne Fonash joined the faculty of the Academy of Science following eight-year tenure at PotomacFalls High School where she was the Guidance Director and a member of the Charter Faculty and Administrative Leadership Team for the first new high school in LoudounCounty in over 20 years. Her path to high school guidance and college counseling reads much like the twenty-first century career paths she describes to her students. She tells them that they will most likely have a varied career path and work in several related areas over the course of their lives. Her work has always been with children and their families; the first twenty years in public and private mental health practice prepared her to assist high school students and families in facing a multitude of real-world challenges. The range of her practice included individual and family therapy, school-based counseling and consultation, forensic evaluations, and treatment of adolescents and families in court-ordered treatment as well as active participation in several community-based task forces in child sexual abuse, youth services and domestic violence services. Ms. Fonash spent her first two years with LCPS as a counselor at Board Run High School.
As she made the shift into secondary school guidance and counseling, one of her goals was to develop a school guidance program that would encourage students to become self-directive and responsible for their behavior in relation to academic achievement. With a range of factors influencing decisions concerning post-secondary education, counselors are tasked with providing students with the information and skills necessary to prepare for and participate in post-secondary education. Her membership and active participation in the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling (PCACAC) and the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) have helped her to develop the leadership, advocacy and counseling skills necessary to successfully engage counselors, students and parents in the college and career planning process.
Ms. Fonash is currently serving as the President-Elect of PCACAC. She previously served a three year term as a member of the PCACAC Executive Board and as a High School Delegate to the assembly at the annual NACAC’s National Conference, and served as co-chair for the Local Counselor's Day Programs for the 2009 NACAC Conference to be held in Baltimore. She has also been a NACAC conference presenter, a PCACAC conference planning committee member Ms. Fonash's professional affiliations include the American Counseling Association, the George Mason Community Admissions Advisory Council, the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Mathematics, Science and Technology, the College Board, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Ms. Fonash received a B.A. in English from Immacualta University in 1974 and an M.A. in Counseling from Villanova University in 1976. She has taken additional graduate coursework through the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech, and is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. Program in School Administration and Supervision at the University of Virginia.