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The mission of the West Allegheny School District counseling program is to equitably support all students’ career, personal/social, and academic development. By partnering with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies, we strive to foster each student’s ability to acquire and develop the necessary skills to transition to post-secondary goals and become productive members of a rapidly changing society.

Meet the Counselors

Ms. Lynn Birnie

School Counselor (last names beginning H-Pe)

724-695-5252
  • Began her career at West Allegheny in 1997
  • Began her career in education in 1995
  • Bachelor of Art degree in Special Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh
  • Certifications: School Counseling K-12, Special Education K-12, Cooperative Education
  • Post graduate work includes completing the Drug & Alcohol Counseling program through Penn State University.
  • Currently enrolled in the Counselor Supervision and Education program at Waynesburg University

Mrs. Sue Kriznik

School Counselor (students with special education services, WAVA, WALC)

724-695-5253

  • Began her career at West Allegheny in 2009
  • Began her career in education in 1990
  • Bachelor of Art degree In Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University
  • Master of Science in Education degree in School Counseling from Duquesne University
  • Certifications:  School Counseling K-12, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Post graduate work includes earning a College Admissions Counseling Certification from the University of California, Riverside

Miss Laura Montecalvo

School Counselor (last names beginning Pf-Z)

724-695-5249 
lmontecalvo@westasd.org 
  • Began her career at West Allegheny in 2016
  • Began her career in education in 2012
  • Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the California University of Pennsylvania
  • Certifications:  School Counseling K-12

Mrs. Sophia Mooney

School Counselor (last names beginning A-G)

724-695-5251 
smooney@westasd.org 
  • Began her career at West Allegheny in 2000
  • Began her career in education in 1996
  • Bachelor of Science degree In Communication Media & Theater from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Science in Education degree in Counseling, with a concentration in Community Counseling, from Duquesne University
  • Certifications:  Secondary School Counseling

Mrs. Lynn Ann DeBor

High School Assessment Coordinator

724-695-5245 x3700

ldebor@westasd.org

  • Began her career at West Allegheny in 1996
  • Began her career in education in 1996
  • Bachelor of Art degree in English Education from Chatham University
  • Master of Education degree In Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University
  • Certifications:  Secondary English Education
  • Currently enrolled in the Point Park University pursing Pennsylvania Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction certification.
 
Guidance Department Secretary:
Pat Hoskins
724-695-5250
phoskins@westasd.org