High School Counseling Team
American Community School Counseling Mission Statement
As student advocates, ACS counselors work in partnership with students, educators, parents and the community, to foster an inclusive and collaborative school environment central to the success of the ACS mission. ACS counselors provide an accessible program that is comprehensive, developmentally appropriate and addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students.
ACS counselors believe:
- Every student has the right to have a caring adult advocate
- Every student should feel safe, supported, and accepted
- Every student is unique, capable, and developing as an individual
- Every student, with support, possesses the ability to advocate for themselves and generate solutions to problems
- Students learn through a variety of learning styles, depth and comprehension
- Students should maintain balance with their academic and non-academic lives
- Counselors should work within professional counseling code of ethics and adhere to standards of confidentiality
- Our counseling program requires continual review and revision in order to meet the needs of the school
HS Counseling at ACS
The high school counseling team at ACS is comprised of highly trained professionals who provide a variety of developmentally appropriate services for students in grades 9-12. The high school counselors work in partnership with students, staff, and parents to promote and develop academic achievement, social growth, emotional well being, and higher education planning for all ACS students. The high school program at ACS is dynamic and continually evolves to meet the needs and challenges faced by our students.
The links and web pages found here provide valuable current information, to support success at ACS and beyond. This information is only a sample of the wealth of information and resources available in the counseling office.
Christina McDade (Grades 10-12)
This is Ms. McDade's fifth year at ACS. She previously worked as a college counselor at Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait, as well as in her home state of Indiana. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Evansville, a Masters of Social Work from Indiana University, and a Masters of Education from Purdue University. Ms. McDade has a long career working on behalf of children and families, and is excited to be a part of the Sand Viper community. In her spare time she enjoys writing, singing, cooking, and of course, traveling.
Andrew Weiser (Grades 10-12)
This is Mr. Weiser’s first year at ACS. He has spent the last nine years at the International School Bangkok (ISB) as a high school counselor, college counselor, Head of Department, baseball and golf coach, and Operation Smile sponsor. Prior to ISB, Andrew worked in Cairo (Cairo American College), Paraguay (American School Asuncion), and El Salvador (Escuela Americana); he also taught social studies for 10 years in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Andrew earned a BA in Economics and Government from Shippensburg University (PA), an M.Ed from Framingham State University (MA), completed post-graduate work in School Counseling from Millersville University, and earned a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. After school hours, to find Andrew, you may want to check a baseball/softball field, golf course, or other athletic fields/events. Andrew’s wife, Carmen Cano, is joining the Elementary team as a Learning Support Teacher.
Phil Abraham (Grades 10-12)
This is Mr. Abraham's third year at ACS. Mr. Abraham previously worked as a High School Counselor at GEMS American Academy (GAA) Abu Dhabi. Prior to that he worked as a counselor, teacher, and social worker in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Abraham's counseling background ranges from K-12 and focusing on students' personal, social, and academic development as well as their post-secondary planning. Having been in Abu Dhabi for the past five years, Mr. Abraham is familiar to many ACS families through his involvement in local high school and community athletics, specifically, wrestling and rugby. In his free time, Mr. Abraham enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing and watching sports, traveling, and discovering new places to eat.
Brian Cadogan II (Grades 8-9)
This is Mr. Cadogan’s second year at ACS. He has 18 years of experience as a School Counselor. Mr. Cadogan started his career at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois where he was the Student Achievement Counselor for six years and Director of Summer School for three years. He then moved back to his home state of New York where he worked as a high school counselor at Uniondale High School in Uniondale, New York. He then moved to Silver Spring, Maryland where he was a middle school counselor in the Montgomery County Public Schools for six years. Brian earned a BA in Psychology from Hampton University, M.Ed in School Counseling from Long Island University, CW Post Campus, and an M.Ed from Northern Illinois University in Educational Leadership and Supervision. In his spare time, Brian enjoys travel, naps, and reading about economics and quantum physics.