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 leischma@pwcs.edu 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 macwhokm@pwcs.edu if you have any questions or comments. Also Follow me on Twitter: @CounselorMac_KM

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