Student Wellness

Castilleja School 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.

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Meet the Faculty

Patrick Burrows

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

Jacqueline Heler

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

Claire Mancini, MFTi

Titles: Wellness Department and Counselor, Assistant Coach, Varsity Lacrosse

Jennifer O'Sullivan

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Department Head

Lea Pence

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness

Joke van der Hulst

Titles: Faculty Member, Fitness and Wellness, Head Coach, Varsity and 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

Jenna Borrelli

Titles: Director of School Counseling and Wellness Department Head

Wendy Cruz

Titles: Counselor and Wellness Teacher

Claire Mancini, MFTi

Titles: Wellness Department and Counselor, Assistant Coach, Varsity Lacrosse

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.

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.