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    No Place For Hate 2021 Designation

    During Gwinnett County's digital learning days, Ms. O'Rear, Ms. Royal and Ms. Troy are available by email for parents or students at chavonne.orear@gcpsk12.org or anne.woodworth@gcpsk12.org.

    Ms. O'Rear, Ms, Royal and Ms. Troy will consistently check email between the hours of 7:30-3:30, Monday-Friday. 

    An appointment to talk by phone for parents or students can be setup by email as well. We are here to help!

About Us

  • Mrs. Cassandra Royal

    I grew up in Virginia and graduated from Livingstone College in North Carolina. Upon graduation I moved to the Washington, DC area, where I attended Howard University and graduated with my master’s degree in Counseling Psychology (Go Bisons!). I have 15 years of experience in mental health and education, from being a special education teacher to a therapist. This year will be my second year at WMES.


    I love to travel with my husband and two amazing children around the world, enjoying family movie nights, exploring Georgia parks, and attending concerts. As the counselor for second, and third grade I look forward to connecting with and supporting all Cub-students, parents, and teachers. This will be a great school year!



    Ms. Chavonne O'Rear

    This is my 14th year as a school counselor, and my 18th year in education. I have worked as a classroom teacher, but began my work as a school counselor because I saw so many kids that needed a little extra love and attention in my classroom. I received my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Emory University. I have a Masters and an Ed.S. in School Counseling from Georgia State University. I am a Georgia Peach and love my hometown, though I wish we had beaches here! I love traveling, trying new brunch places, snuggling with and showing pictures of my dog, Cooper, and hosting events for my friends and family. I will be working with Fourth and Fifth grades. I look forward to a great year!


    Ms. Heather Troy

    A big hello and a hug to my new Cub family!


    My name is Heather Troy and this is my first year as a school counselor. I received my Bachelor's in Psychology from Hampton University with Honors and my Master's in Clinical Social Work from New York University. I have worked as a therapist in positions serving groups across the life span, from play group therapy with little ones to hospice social work in the Atlanta area. For me, this work only solidified the importance of giving children all they need in their formative years to create the best chance for continued success. I'm so very excited to start my dream job working in education and following in my family's footsteps. The best part is that I myself am a product of GCPS! I am also a proud parent of a GCPS elementary student. Now I get to bring it all full circle working for the school system that changed my life for the better as a student with its vast educational opportunities and stellar staff. This year I am honored to serve and support the Kindergarteners and First graders at Woodward Mill and their awesome families. Here's to a wonderful year ahead!