Meet the Counselors

Melissa Leischner, MA, NCC

 Thank you for taking the time to read more about me. Originally from Long Island, NY, I love to travel and I love the beach!  While in college I studied in London.  I visited many exciting places while there including Ireland, Scotland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France.  I also had the opportunity to visit most of the states in the US when I worked as a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines. 

My career in education started in 2004 as a School Counselor at Potomac View Elementary in Woodbridge, VA. During my six years there I was privileged to receive the Business Partnership Award with the Quantico Marine Corps and an Above and Beyond Award from Student Services. I was also selected as one of eight finalists for the National School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counseling Association. 

I have a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a MA in Counseling from Trinity University.  I also completed my certification in Administration and Leadership at Mary Washington University.  In addition to my work in School Counseling, I worked as an Assistant Principal (AP) at PB Smith Elementary in Fauquier County for three years.  I also worked as an AP at Piney Branch Elementary for one year before returning to School Counseling. 

When I'm not at Bristow Run, I enjoy spending time with my family and our dog, Daisy.  I live in Gainesville with my husband, Ryan, who is a Captain in the Arlington County Fire Department, and our two children.  In my spare time, I enjoy attending football and basketball games at my alma mater, the University of Maryland (Go Terps). 

Please email me at if you have any questions or comments.  I look forward to working with the students, staff and parents at Bristow Run!  Go PANTHERS!

Katrina MacWhorter, MS 

Hello Bristow Run Panthers! I am so excited to be the second full-time school counselor at Bristow Run Elementary. I live in Gainesville with my husband, our two boys and our adorable French Bulldog named Pierre! I received my BA in Psychology from West Virginia University and my Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University in School Counseling.

I have been an elementary school counselor for eleven years in another local public school district in Virginia. I decided to come to PWCS to be closer to my home and family. I am a school counseling leader and passionate about the school counseling profession and the unique impact school counselors have in the lives of ALL students. I am excited to work with the students, families and staff members here at Bristow Run Elementary. Please email me at if you have any questions or comments. Also Follow me on Twitter: @CounselorMac_KM

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