Student Wellness


Fitness & Wellness


All students at Castilleja are guided to achieve health and physical literacy and become self-directed critical thinkers who make decisions to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

A developmentally appropriate curriculum allows different learners to safely challenge themselves to find balance, take risks, and explore roles, ideas, and activities. We model and instill a compassion for self and others and a commitment to mindfulness and life-long learning.

As competent, confident, and responsible leaders, students are empowered to effectively collaborate, problem-solve, and communicate when making choices and taking action for both personal and community health and fitness.

Girls laugh while playing with a parachute on the Circle

A student prepares to catch a football during a Middle School Elective fitness class.

 

Meet the Faculty

Patrick Burrows

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Middle School Athletic Director, Head JVA Soccer Coach

Jacqueline Heler

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Head Coach, Varsity Volleyball, Head Coach, VA Gold Volleyball, Head Coach, VA Basketball

Claire Mancini, MFTi

Titles: Wellness Department and Counselor, Head Coach, Varsity Lacrosse, Head Coach, VA Swimming

Jennifer O'Sullivan

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Department Head

Lea Pence

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness

Hailey Smith

Titles: Head Coach, JV Water Polo, Assistant Coach, Varsity Basketball, Head Coach, Varsity Swimming

Joke Van der Hulst

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Head Coach, Varsity Softball, Head Coach, VA Gold Softball

Counseling & Student Wellness


When wellness topics are seamlessly integrated into the entire curriculum, students become more self-reflective and empathetic and develop the skills to effectively relate with others.

The Counseling and Student Wellness department supports girls as they learn to identify, to voice, and to be proud of who they are.  In addition, our full-time professional counseling staff offers counseling services for students and supports faculty and staff in reinforcing positive social and emotional development.

The immediate outcome of social and emotional learning may be academic success or improved psychological well-being for the individual student. But, in the end, we all benefit through the creation of a kinder and more compassionate society”

—Vicki Zakrzewski, Education Director of Greater Good Science Center

Meet the Counselors

Terese Brennan-Marquez, LCSW

Titles: Director of Counseling and Student Wellness

Claire Mancini, MFTi

Titles: Wellness Department and Counselor, Head Coach, Varsity Lacrosse, Head Coach, VA Swimming

Eva Tuschman, LMFT

Titles: School Counselor

The Castilleja SEL Model

Social and Emotional Learning at Castilleja is comprehensive and multi-faceted. Our aim is to provide students with tremendous support as they develop life-long skills, resilience, and self-reliance.

Retreat

All students enjoy a grade-level overnight retreat where classmates build relationships through team building and problem solving

Advisory

All students meet weekly with their advisor and advisory group, a time for reflection, personal challenge, and joy

Big/Little Sisters

Big/Little Sisters pair 6th and 8th graders, building reciprocal friendships, empathy, and support

Counselors

Our professional counselors provide counseling to students and promote a healthy social and emotional learning environment

Awareness, Compassion, and Engagement Center

Through the ACE Center, girls volunteer in the local community, mentoring, partnering, and self-reflecting

Open Session

In Open Session, students learn to listen, empathize, reflect, and advocate

Wellness

Wellness classes and seminars empower students with knowledge to make informed choices for lifelong health and well-being

Grade-Level Teams

Grade-level teacher teams get to know students well and work together to meet their academic and social-emotional needs

Classroom Connections

Our full-time professional counseling staff supports faculty and staff in reinforcing positive social and emotional development through curriculum in day-to-day classroom activities and lessons. 

Counseling Services


Our doors are open in the Counseling Department and we want to make connecting with us as easy as possible.

Counseling is available to all students throughout the school day, including some after school hours. These services include individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, parent consultation, and parent education.