School Counseling Department and Support Staff

Ms. Amanda Staples

Head Counselor, 9-12th Grade, (N-R)

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HometownRoanoke, Alabama
Personal Motivation:  


School Counselor Responsibilities:

  • Star Student
  • Gear UP
  • IB Liaison
  • GA Futures/HOPE 
  • DUAL Enrollment Coordinator
  • Community Advisory Committee
  • GA Virtual Learning – $$ Fee Based
  • College Fair Representative
  • Activity Chair for 12th Grade Guidance & Parent Night
  • FLEX Online Academy- $$ Fee Based

Contact Amanda Staples at

Mr. Marcus Stanley


Counseling Administrative Assistant

Hometown:  Atlanta, GA
Personal Motivation: 


Counseling Administrative Assistant Responsibilities: 

  • Transcript Requests
  • Locker Assignments
  • SAT/ACT Waiver Requests {11-12TH GRADE ONLY}
  • College Tours

Contact Marcus Stanley at

Mrs. Angela Williams

School Counselor, 9-12th Grade, (J-M) 

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Hometown:  Detroit, Michigan
Personal MotivationOffering direct student services through guidance lessons, that will help students understand… knowledge is power.

Angela has been an educator for 28 years (elem. teacher, middle school para./secretaries, and elem./high school counselors). She holds a Masters of Arts degree in K-12 School Counseling and many hours of course work in EDS Leadership. She is a wife, and mother of two (daughter 25 years and son 14 years of age). She loves to spend quality time at home with family and enjoys reading spiritual wisdom; which provides the peace she needs to cope with life’s challenges: 2 Timothy 3:1, “But know this, is the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.”

School Counselor Responsibilities:

  • Counseling Website 
  • Quarterly Newsletter-DEBUT: Friday, December 21, 2018
  • College Fair Organizer
  • Counseling Student Requests {Google Docs}
  • Accommodations for SAT/ACT
  • Honors Day Program
  • MALES (Career Exploration-Small Group, beginning January 2019)
  • Activity Chair for 10th Grade Guidance & Parent Night
  • FLEX Online Academy- $$ Fee Based

Contact Angela Williams at

Dr. Shanesa Walker


School Counselor, 9-12th Grade, (A-C

Hometown:  Bainbridge, Georgia
Personal Motivation: 


School Counselor Responsibilities: 

  • STEM Liaison
  • College Fair Organizer
  • Scholarship Club
  • Teacher/Counselor Academic Collaboration
  • Advisement Material Preparations
  • Activity Co-Chair for 12th Grade Guidance & Parent Night
  • FLEX Academy- $$ Fee Based

Contact Shanesa Walker at

Ms. Deven Currie


School Counselor, 9-12th Grade, (S-Z

Hometown:  Brownsville, Tennessee
Personal Motivation: 


School Counselor Responsibilities:  

  • Governors Honor
  • Financial Aid Night
  • Academic Signing 
  • Georgia Merit
  • Activity Chair for 9th Grade Guidance & Parent Night
  • College Fair Organizer
  • Community Advisory Committee
  • FLEX Online Academy- $$ Fee Based

Contact Deven Currie at

Mrs. Stephanie McDonald


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Hometown:  Atlanta, GA
Personal Motivation: 


Registrar Responsibilities: 

  • Onsite Enrollment and Withdrawals
  • Registration of New Students (between the hours of 8:00AM-12:noon) 
  • Data Entry (new address, telephone numbers, email, emergency contact, etc.)
  • Review Grade Reports for Teachers
  • Process/Print Progress Reports and Report Cards
  • Record Requests
  • Input Approved Teacher Grade Corrections/EOC Test Scores

Contact Stephanie McDonald at

Mrs. Nicole Bodiford

School Counselor, 9-12th Grade, (D-I) 


Hometown:  Decatur, GA
Personal Motivation: No one can choose your mountain or tell you when to climb, it’s yours to chose at your own pace and time.

Mrs. Bodiford has been a school counselor for the past 12 years, working in middle and high schools in both Florida and Georgia. She has also had the opportunity to train and support other school counselors in her previous role, as the District Counseling Specialist for Clayton County Schools. She is a product of our DeKalb County School District and graduated from Redan High School in 2001. She received her undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Nursing. She earned her Master of Education in School Counseling from The University of West Georgia and her Educational Specialist Degree in Leadership from Georgia College and State University. She enjoys working with young people, recollecting memories as a cheer coach and being a mom.

School Counselor Responsibilities: 

  • ASVAB Coordinator
  • Activity Chair for 11th Grade Guidance & Parent Night
  • Military Liaison
  • Professional Development
  • GIRLS (Self Esteem-Small Group, beginning February 2019)
  • NCAA Clearinghouse
  • College Fair Organizer
  • FLEX Online Academy- $$ Fee Based

Contact Nicole Bodiford at

Mrs. Deyonda Edwards

Data Clerk

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Hometown:  Morristown, TN
Personal Motivation COMING SOON

Deyonda has experience in the finance world and also has a security business. She is currently, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting CPA and a Sunday School Teacher as well. She is a wife, the mother of three children, and has a dog named Ebony.  She enjoys spending her free time relaxing and reading.

Data Clerk Responsibilities:

  • Educational Verification
  • Contact person for returned mail
  • Graduation Cohort Report
  • Transcribe Transcripts

Contact Deyonda Edwards at

Mrs. Brandi Beavers


Post- Secondary Transition Specialist

Hometown: COMING SOON 
Personal Motivation: Brandi loves identifying and removing barriers, which may negatively influence college and/or career success.

Brandi worked within the financial aid departments of two higher educational institutions and the Georgia Student Finance Commission prior to joining the DeKalb County School District.  She is a former Geologist and holds a Master of Science in Education as well as a Master of Art in History. She is a wife, and mother of three wonderful children–two of which have successful matriculation histories at the University of Georgia, Athens. As a mother of two college level students, Brandi educates from personal experience with 100% transparency and informative college and career advice.

Post-Secondary Transition Specialist Responsibilities:

  • Preparing students for post-secondary options
  • Analyzing district, state and federal college/career indexes
  • Identifying factors impacting academic success
  • Helping students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid)
  • Attending educational fairs
  • Recognizing students who are at-risk of not graduating

Contact Brandi Beavers at