Jayne Caflin Fonash is the Director of School Counseling at the Loudoun Academy of Science (AOS) in the Loudoun County Public School System in Virginia. The mission of AOS is to provide an academic environment where students are encouraged to develop creative scientific endeavors of their own design, while having the opportunity to pursue a rich, well-rounded high school experience. Ms. Fonash joined the faculty of the Academy of Science in 2005, following an eight-year tenure at Potomac Falls High School where she served as the School Counseling Director and a member of the Charter Faculty and Administrative Leadership Team for the first new high school in Loudoun County in over 20 years.
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. Dr. Fonash spent her first two years in Loudoun County as a counselor at Board Run High School. As she made the shift into secondary school guidance and counseling, her goals have been to develop school counseling programs that would encourage students to become self-directive and responsible for their behavior in relation to academic achievement, to prepare students for post-secondary education opportunities, and to advocate for access and equity in the college admission process.
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. A Past-President of PCACAC she has served as member of the NACAC Affiliates Presidents Council, a member and Chairperson of the PCACAC Government Relations Committee, and a member of the NACAC Government Relations Committee. In October 2015 she will begin a two-year term as the Chairperson of the NACAC Government Relations Committee.
Dr. Fonash’s professional affiliations also include the National Consortium of Secondary Stem Schools, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. She has served as a member of the Counselor Advisory Board for the Common Application, The University of Alabama Counselor Advisory Board and the George Mason Community Admissions Advisory Council.
Dr. Fonash was recognized by NACAC as the 2013 recipient of the NACAC Government Relations Award, presented to a NACAC member who has made outstanding efforts in support of policy initiatives that promote equal access to higher education, encourage student achievement and promote counselor excellence, and further the government relations priorities of NACAC members. In 2015 she was recognized by PCACAC as the recipient of the Richard L. Apperson Award, awarded annually to a member whose career embodies the ideals of the association - providing extraordinary service to students, to PCACAC and to the college counseling profession.
Dr. Fonash received a BA in English from Immacualta University, an MA in counseling from Villanova University, and an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from the Curry School of the University of Virginia.