Counseling Center Staff
Students, please use the Bookings link below to make a virtual appointment with your School Counselor. Your Counselor will send you a confirmation calendar invite with a Google Meet code prior to your appointment time. Please note at this time, Bookings is reserved for current SPHS students. Rising 9th grade students who still attend SPMS should direct their questions to their current School Counselor and/or teachers.
Parents, please email your student's School Counselor directly with questions. Our Bookings Calendar is reserved for students only. You may attend the meeting with your child but we will not be accepting parent only appointments at this time. Thank you for your understanding!
If a student is at immediate risk, call the Anne Arundel County Warmline at 410-768-5522 or 911.
Please do not email immediate safety concerns.
Lindsay Brown, M.Ed.
School Counselor, Department Chair
Mrs. Brown has been a School Counselor at SPHS since 2013. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from Loyola College in Maryland and Master's degree in Education: School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. Prior to working at SPHS, Mrs. Brown was a College & Career Advisor at a local high school and a Financial Aid Counselor at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Mrs. Brown is an Annapolis native and currently resides there with her husband, daughter, two kitties and bulldog. She enjoys boating, paddle boarding, yoga, coffee, and spending time with her family.
Allison Tate, M.S., M.Ed.
Students A - Col
Ms. Tate-Pastine has been a school counselor for over 15 years, and prior to that was a teacher at the high school level for 9 years. After earning her degree in counseling from Loyola College in Maryland, she completed post-graduate coursework at Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Ms. Tate-Pastine earned a Master of Science in Health Administration. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Ms. Tate-Pastine grew up in Severna Park and attended Benfield Elementary, SPMS and Severn School. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and being outside, especially at the beach!
Chelsea Singer, M.Ed.
Miss Singer has been a School Counselor since 2007. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education from Loyola College in Maryland and her Master’s degree in Education: School Counseling from Loyola College of Maryland. Miss Singer is a native Pennsylvanian, but has converted to being a Baltimorean for the past 19 years. She is a diehard Caps fan. She enjoys traveling, movies, paddleboarding, being outside and anything with her family, friends and dogs. She spends most of her free time training and competing in dog agility and teaching others who share the same love of the sport.
Min Yi, M.A.
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Mr. Yi was born in Guam but has spent most of his life in Maryland. He also lived in Spain for three years where he taught English as a foreign language to primary school students. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Spanish from University of Maryland – College Park and his Master's degree in School Counseling from Wake Forest University. He enjoys traveling, going to the beach, and watching movies.
Lisa Nichols, M.A.
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Mrs. Nichols has been a school counselor since 1997. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice from Temple University, in Philadelphia and her Master’s degree in Counseling Services from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. A Native Philadelphian, Mrs. Nichols and her family currently live in Arnold. She enjoys shopping, movies, traveling and spending time with her daughter.
Rosa Ruhf, M.Ed.
Mrs. Ruhf has been a counselor at SPHS since 1999. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Elon College and a Master’s degree in Education: School Counseling from Bowie State University. Mrs. Ruhf is an Annapolitan and enjoys yoga, reading, movies, spending time with family and friends and football – especially Penn State
Shira Levy, NCSP, M.A., C.A.S.
Shira Levy has worked in AACPS as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) for over a decade. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Haverford College and a Masters (MA) and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in School Psychology from Towson University. She went on to earn a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP), the science behind happiness and what makes people thrive, from The University of Pennsylvania. Shira brings her positive psychology expertise to SPHS to help students boost their moods, take on a mindful mindset, build relationships, develop a sense of meaning, and create a connection to school. Shira provides individual, group and crisis counseling, teacher and family consultation, special education assessment, school-wide social emotional learning support, GLSEN Safe Space training, and is the club co-advisor of S2SP, a club to help new and transitioning students build relationships and school connectedness. She enjoys spending time appreciating nature and going on adventures with her family and friends.
School & Community Liaison
Mrs. Jackson, a former elementary teacher, is the School & Community Liaison with her primary focus in the College Career Center. Having graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, she is a die hard Carolina Basketball fan. She currently lives in Severna Park with her husband and two sons (when they are home from college). When not at work, she is usually enjoying something outside or on the water with friends and family. Her favorite place to "be" is Mayo Lake, NC. She describes her position at SPHS as "the perfect job"!
Counseling Center Secretary
Mrs. Burge-Yates has worked as a school secretary in Anne Arundel County for over 18 years. She graduated from South River High School in 1999. Mrs. Burge-Yates is a Notary Public and has participated in a wide variety of staff development and trainings. An Edgewater native, she currently resides in Queen Anne’s County. Her hobbies include reading, pilates, spending time with family, friends, and her 2 dogs (Rollo and Chunk).
Mrs. Besche has worked in AACPS since 2009. She graduated in 2005 from South River High School and resides in Turkey Point, Edgewater with her husband and dog. In addition to working at Severna Park High School, she is a certified personal trainer and owns a boat detailing and shrink wrap company with her husband in Herrington Harbour located in Tracy’s Landing. Her hobbies include boating, cooking, weight lifting, and spending time with her family and friends.
School Test Coordinator
ACT, AP, HSA, MISA, PARCC, PSAT, SAT
Mr. Connolly is a Social Studies teacher by trade, but has served as SPHS’ School Testing Coordinator for the last 10 years! He has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of Maryland and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel University. Mr. Connolly lives in Pasadena with his son and daughter. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, all kinds of sports and music, and the occasional Netflix binge or video game session.