Counseling Services Department 

Phone: (301) 650-6460
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The Counseling Program at Takoma Park Middle School focuses on the rapidly changing needs of adolescents. These changing needs unfold in every aspect of a youth’s life and range from the emotional to the physical as well as from the personal to the social. As students in Grades 6-8 struggle for an identity, counselors help them to balance these needs with those associated with the school setting.


 Counseling Office Personnel

  •  Megan Litten                  Resource Counselor and Special Population
  •  Kate Hankins                  6th Grade Counselor
  •  Pam Lever                      7th Grade Counselor 
  •  Carmen Martinez            8th Grade Counselor (I - Z) and ESOL
  •  Anne Salzman                8th Grade Counselor (A - H)
  •  Marci Ponton,                 Counseling Office Secretary/Registrar


Counseling Services

Personal and Social Development

  • Help students discover their strengths and weaknesses in relation to school performances.
  • Help students use their problem-solving and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Help with conflict management and interpersonal relationships. 
  •  Help students become their own advocates.

Academic Achievement

  • Identify programs available to students and the requirements for participation in these programs.
  • Help students adjust to the school and plan their programs.
  • Help students with time-management.
  • Consult with teachers on ways to improve student academic achievement.

Career and Educational Decision-Making 

  • Develop a 4-year plan for high school.
  • Review graduation requirements.
  • Assess student aptitudes & interests and explore career options.
  • Reinforce problem-solving and decision-making skills.  


Naviance Family Connections

  • click above to access Naviance link

 Information about High School Choice Process for 8th Graders

 2017 DCC Presentation  

 Handout Notes from DCC (2017)                                                                                                                      

Homework Resources for Parents and Students

Homework Completion Contract  

Homework Contract

How to Set Up a Good Homework System at Home

My Homework Plan

Time Management Sheet

What We Can Do to Help Our Adolescents Learn  

 Course Bulletin 2017 - 2018

Resources for Parents

Mental Health Resources - Includes addresses and numbers for the following: Crisis Center, Behavioral Health Assessments, Area Hotlines, Self-Help and Support Groups, Non-Profit Professional Mental Health Services, Youth Services Center, and Hospitals


LGBTQ Resources

CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health 

Gender Spectrum



The Ally Coalition

The Rainbow Youth Alliance


Body Image

 Body Image - Dove Videos


 Study Skills: 

Social Media: 

Bully Prevention:

Health and Wellness:

Al Anon:

* Meeting at the Seekers Church (across from the Takoma Metro Station), 276 Carroll Street, Northwest Washington, DC 20012

Sundays 6:30 - 7:30.  (all but the first Sunday of the month) 





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