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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Courtney Stevenson
6th Grade Counselor

Courtney Stevenson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communications from Hampton University and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. Courtney has over 6 years of experience in program development and education management from her time at the College Board and a lower Manhattan charter school. She is a certified school counselor with a strong background in student and parent engagement. Courtney enjoys writing, dancing, traveling, Saturday morning brunch and Sunday morning workouts. New to the district, she is excited about calling D.C. home and joining the CHEC team.
Joy Rose
7th and 8th Grade Counselor

Ms. Rose is from the great state of North Carolina where she attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- go Heels! She graduated from UNC with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After working for a number of years in NC, Ms. Rose moved to DC to attend George Washington University. She received her Master’s degree in Education and Human Development; with a focus in School Counseling, in 2012 and has been working at CHEC since then. She is passionate about being a consistent source of support for the students at CHEC and she loves working closely with our students and their families. Please reach out to her at any time!
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.
Hurley J. Odom
9th Grade Counselor

Hurley J. Odom is a first year counselor at Columbia Heights Educational Campus and an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College, Manassas and Woodbridge, VA 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 is currently working on his Educational Specialist degree in Supervision/Administration with a concentration in Special Education.

He has worked as a substitute teacher with Suffolk Public Schools, in Suffolk, VA adjunct psychology professor with Tidewater Community College and an after school tutor with Suffolk Public Schools in Suffolk, VA.

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.”
Evelyn Iraheta
10th and 11th Grade MCA 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.
Katie Doppleheuer
Math Science and Business (MSB)
10th & 11th Grade Counselor

Ms. Doppelheuer has lived in the Washington D.C. area for close to 5 years, and is a Master’s degree graduate from Trinity College.  Her professional experience includes several years working in clinical mental health, as well as school guidance and counseling.  Areas of experience and specialization include individual counseling, family counseling, applied behavior analysis, college, and career counseling. She is joining us for her first year at Lincoln Middle School and is extremely excited to be working at CHEC!
Britany Brown
11th and 12th MCA Counselor

I am the 11th and 12th grade M.C.A school 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.
Marianella Castro
11th and 12th MSB 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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