School Counseling

We know that the wise guidance that leads to success beyond Woodward must extend beyond our classroom walls. That’s why from pre-K through graduation, alongside teachers, our counselors guide students every step of the way on their academic and personal journeys. Counseling is catered to the age and maturity level of the students at each of our schools. Student communication with counselors is confidential, and counselors work with parents, psychologists, and psychiatrists as needed. 

Their credentials are remarkable—at all levels, our counselors are skillful mental health professionals with master’s degrees, and some also hold certificates and licenses in the field. Even more than their credentials, we're impressed with the compassion they show to each and every Woodward student. We believe you will be, too.

At the Primary School, counseling is focused on character building. Character words are woven into the curriculum throughout the year, and our counselor provides weekly classroom guidance for kindergarten and first grade as well as monthly classroom guidance for second and third grades. The counselor also provides tools for parents to continue character lessons at home.

Laquita Hardimon

Laquita Hardimon

Titles: School Counselor
Locations: Primary School

Students in the Lower School develop qualities such as compassion, courage, perseverance, and self-control through counseling. In small group and individual sessions, our counselor assists students in their educational and emotional growth as they begin to discover their own unique identities.

Carrie Lauchlan

Carrie Lauchlan

Titles: School Counselor
Locations: Lower School
Taylor Strawn

Taylor Strawn

Class of 2012
Titles: School Counselor
Locations: Lower School

Middle School counselors provide academic support, guidance on peer relationships, strategies for solving problems and resolving conflicts, and more in individual and group counseling sessions. The counselors also teach a Life Skills course and sponsor the Peer Helpers program, which allows students to lead their classmates by example in the academic and social spheres.

Meredith Draper

Meredith Draper

Titles: School Counselor
Locations: Middle School
Naima Williams

Naima Williams

Titles: School Counselor
Locations: Middle School

In the Upper School, the Academic Dean and Counseling Offices provide academic, social, and emotional counseling. A grade level counselor works with each class of students until graduation, allowing for sustained personal connections with students and families throughout Upper School. Additionally, beginning in February of junior year and continuing through senior year, students are assigned a college counselor.

Tonya Dedeaux

Tonya Dedeaux

Titles: School Counselor, Class of 2025 Counselor
Locations: Upper School
Chato Hendrix

Chato Hendrix

Titles: School Counselor, Class of 2024 Counselor
Locations: Upper School
Alisha Panjwani

Alisha Panjwani

Titles: School Counselor - Class of 2022
Locations: Upper School
Leigh Shelor

Leigh Shelor

Class of 1998
Titles: School Counselor, Class of 2023 Counselor
Locations: Upper School