Student Services

The Guidance department is the headquarters for student services. Guidance counselors can assist you in picking classes, signing up for tests, researching scholarships, and preparing for graduation and beyond.

EHS Profile 2021-22.pdf

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Ms. Jessica Richardson  
Counselor Last Name Dr-Lap [email protected] 

Jessica brings her passion for student success and over ten years’ experience working in education to EHS. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from Jacksonville University in 2009 and began working as a 4th grade writing teacher. During her five years teaching Jessica became very aware of the extraneous issues affecting her students’ mental health and well-being and desired to be in a better position to help.

In 2014, Jessica graduated from Stetson University’s CACREP-accredited counseling program with a Master’s degree in School Counseling. 

After completing her Master’s, Jessica decided it was time for an adventure in school counseling and secured a position as an itinerant school counselor in Bush Alaska in 2015. Jessica served three native schools along the Huslia River in Alaska working with students Pre-K through 12th grade. All travel was by bush plane or snowmobile. Jessica loved immersing herself in the Athabascan culture and using those experiences to help guide her students through the college planning process.

Jessica has since returned to Central Florida to be closer to her family. She spent three years as an 8th grade school counselor before coming to work at Edgewater High School in 2019. Jessica enjoys assisting her students with academic planning and college and career readiness. She also serves as Edgewater’s assistant cross country coach.

Shamoyia James Guidance Counselor
Shamoyia Hadley
Counselor Last Name Lar-Ri [email protected]

Mrs. Hadley has been a school counselor for 13 years now, working 11 years at Evans High School prior to coming to Edgewater. She did her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Central Florida, majoring in Psychology and Counselor Education. Mrs. Hadley became a school counselor because she enjoys working with young people, assisting them through their academic and postsecondary journeys, and learning from them just as much as they learn from her. Outside of work Mrs. Hadley enjoys spending time with her family and taking vacations.

Tangela Mackey
Tangelia Mackey Counselor Last Name Ro-Z
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Ms. Mackey is a proud graduate of Florida State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She then attended graduate school at Nova Southeastern University where she received her Master's degree in School Guidance & Counseling. She has been in the education field for 12 years, 11 of those as a School Counselor. This will be her seventh year with OCPS, having served at the high school and middle school levels. Ms. Mackey chose counseling because she’s a natural helper and enjoys assisting people in any way that she can. Seeing her current and former students reach their full potential is one of her greatest joys. She is excited to work with her students and looks forward to building lasting relationships with her students and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her son, family, and friends, as well as traveling, and watching sports, especially basketball. 

Staffing Specialist: Laurie Scussel
Email: [email protected]
Laurie Scussel  

Ms. Scussel earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida.  She has been working in OCPS for over 25 years.  She began her teaching career in exceptional student education (ESE) and then transitioned to teaching ninth grade English for ten years. She transitioned back to the ESE world several years ago, her true passion, first supporting students in the general education classroom.  This will be Ms. Scussel’s fifth year working as a Staffing Specialist here at Edgewater.  She is the proud parent of two children, one a graduate of EHS and the other will be graduating from EHS this school year.  Ms. Scussel works collaboratively and tirelessly with her teachers, parents and students to ensure that all of her ESE students have are receiving the services and help they need in order to be successful and have the best high school experience possible.

Assistant Principal of Instruction: Maria Schmidt-Sutton

Guidance Coordinator/Registrar: Michelle Kaiser

Records Coordinator: Shayna McLaughlin

School-Home Communication

According to Section 233.058, F.S. Rules 6A-6.0902,6A- 6.0904, 6A-6.0906, 6A-6.0908, F.A.C. and section I-IV, 1990 LULAC vs. State Board of Education Consent Decree “The Florida Department of Education shall monitor regularly to ensure that all communications (written and oral) between school district boards and personnel and parents of current or former language enriched pupils are undertaken in the parents’ primary language or other modes of communication commonly used by the parents unless clearly not feasible.”

In order to meet rule requirements, established procedures must be in place at each school in order to ensure that documents such as Code of Student Conduct, bus rules, disciplinary forms, suspension letters, school newsletters, registration procedures, ELL Committee meetings, IEP meetings, and other such documents/procedures are available in the native languages of the students served at each school and that staff member(s) are available to provide interpretation/translation services.

School staff should not ask students to serve as interpreters or translators. The responsibility for ensuring home-school communication rests with school employees. Students may not be used to fulfill this requirement. All interpretation/translation efforts shall be coordinated by the school first, when assistance in a less commonly spoken language is needed, please contact the Multilingual Students Education Services Department at 407-317-3410.