Meet Our Team - Columbia Heights Educational Campus

/ Maria Tukeva, Principal

3101 16th St, NW / Washington, DC 20010 / HS: 202.939.7700 / MS: 202.939.6680
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ANDREA LEWIS,
6TH and 7TH GRADE COUNSELOR




​Andrea is a first year counselor at Columbia Heights Education Campus. She relocated from Raleigh, North Carolina where she counseled both Elementary and Middle School Students. While residing in North Carolina, Ms. Lewis obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Winston-Salem State University and Masters of Education in School Counseling from North Carolina State University. Throughout her educational journey, Ms. Lewis worked as a behavioral science research assistant for Winston-Salem University. Overall, Ms. Lewis is enthralled that her journey as led her to Washington, DC at CHEC where she hopes to continue assisting others in their own educational journey.
BRITANY BROWN
7TH AND 8TH GRADE COUNSELOR




I am the 7th and 8th grade counselor. I received my bachelors in psychology from Penn State University and my masters in school counseling from George Washington University. I truly believe that education is power that no one can take from you.
HURLEY ODOM
9TH GRADE COUNSELOR




​Hurley J. Odom is a third year 9th grade counselor at Columbia Heights Educational Campus. He is from Suffolk, VA and has been living in the Northern Virginia area since 2008. Mr. Odom is a 2005 graduate of Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. In the fall of 2005 He entered into the Community/Clinical Psychology Masters program at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. After careful consideration and deep thought of his talents and gifts, he transitioned into the Urban Education/School Counseling program. He then graduated from Norfolk State University in 2007 after being in the program only a year. He recently earned his Educational Specialist degree in Supervision/Administration with a concentration in Special Education, Spring 2017.

He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., American School Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association and serves on several committees within Prince William County Schools. With the help of his family and friends he has been guided to the field of education and has dedicated his life to it. He has been quoted as saying “It is my responsibility as an educator, to be a role model and a positive representation for the youth of today so that they will be productive citizens of tomorrow.”
LUIS A. DIAZ LUNA
9TH GRADE COUNSELOR




​Luis A. Diaz Luna was born in Puerto Rico and came to the United States when he joined the Armed Forces. Mr. Diaz received his Bachelor’s Degree with a concentration in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisville at Louisville, KY.  He continued his studies in Counseling in Psychology at the same university and later transferred and graduated with a Master’s Degree from Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, KY with a double concentration in Mental Health and Family Counseling.  Mr. Diaz has been working in educational settings ever since he completed a practicum in School Counseling at the Naples High School in Naples, Italy.

Mr. Diaz has been working at Columbia Heights educational Campus as a Bilingual Counselor since August, 2006. He is currently serving as counselor for the 10th grade.
EVELYN IRAHETA
10TH AND 11TH GRADE COUNSELOR





Evelyn Irehata, who is Bell graduate, received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish with a concentration in Political Science at Hood College. She also received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Trinity Washington University. Mrs. Iraheta was born in El Salvador. She is married and has two daughters.

Mrs. Iraheta is a doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at Argosy University. She has also taught at Trinity University in the counseling graduate program. Additionally, Mrs. Iraheta is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia. Mrs. Iraheta is an active member of the American School Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association and the DC School Counseling Association. Currently, she serves as a school counselor for 9th grade students.
KIMBERLY TROY
MATH SCIENCE AND BUSINESS (MSB)
10TH AND 11TH GRADE COUNSELOR



 
​Kimberly Troy is a first year counselor at Columbia Heights Education Campus. She is a native Washingtonian and has been living in the Metropolitan area all of her life. Mrs. Troy has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Morgan State University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. She started her journey in education in 2001 as an English and Language Arts teacher for 7th and 8th grades and transitioned into school counseling in 2006. She has serviced grades K-12 and is currently a 10th and 11th grade MSB counselor. Mrs. Troy is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the American Psychology Association. She has a true passion for working with children and has dedicated her life to supporting students academically and emotionally.
KWAME YEBOAH
11TH AND 12TH MCA COUNSELOR




 
Kwame Yeboah-Kankam was born in Ghana and moved to the United States in 1995.  In 2004, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and French Language and Literature. He worked as a teacher before earning a master’s degree in school counseling from George Mason University in 2013. Mr. Yeboah worked as a high school counselor in Virginia for three years and he joined CHEC in 2017. He is fluent in Twi, French and Patois. Mr. Yeboah is a staunch proponent of ambition and resilience in all his students and he advises his students to be excellent rather than strive to be. He advises each student to manage the 168 hours s/he has weekly, in a way that drives her/him to be a matchless amalgam of academic and social achievement.
MARIANELLA CASTRO
MATH SCIENCE AND BUSINESS (MSB)
11TH AND 12TH GRADE COUNSELOR




Ms. Castro is the 11th and 12th grade counselor for the Math Science & Business (MSB) Academy. This is her second year at CHEC and her 7th year as a counselor. Ms. Castro was born in Nicaragua and raised in California (Bay Area). Ms. Castro received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling from San Jose State University. She worked as a school counselor in San Francisco for five years before coming to CHEC. What she mostly enjoys at CHEC is working with the diverse student population and helping them through their college application and career exploration journey.
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