As the Lead Counselor for College and Career planning, Ashley McPherson makes sure that every GLCPS student receives the support needed for academic readiness and future planning. A staff member since 2015, Ms McPherson established the school's College & Career Center. Here, all students, families, staff, and college representatives and community partners are welcome to support students' future planning. Ms. McPherson works with students in all grades, 5-12. Middle school students are challenged to explore their career interests. 8th grade students present their final Presentation of Learning by sharing their individual 10 Year high school/college/career plan. High school students carefully plan their academic pathway and work with the Naviance program in monthly, grade-level seminars. College advising ramps up in the 11th and 12th grade for students and families, with significant support in the college application process and financial aide advising. She is also working to strengthen the GLCPS Alumni Association and looks forward to entertaining winter and summer reunion opportunities.
She earned a Bachelors' from the University of Florida in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences (Go Gators!) and Masters' degree in Counseling from Wake Forest University with a specialization in School Counseling. Ms. McPherson holds School Counseling and Administrative licenses in Massachusetts. She loves the beach, traveling internationally, plays and coaches soccer, & loves to read Harry Potter.
"In high school, no one ever asked me what I wanted to do after high school. I never want that to be the case for my GLCPS students!" Ms. McPherson remembered.