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 team is collaborative by nature, and although each counselor is assigned alphabetically, students and families are welcomed to seek advice from any counselor.
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.

Counseling Team

Christina McDade (students with last names A-E, grades 9-12). This is Ms. McDade's second 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.



Jane Lowery
(students with last names F-Mc, grade 9-12): This is Ms. Lowery 4th year at ACS. She has worked at a variety of of counseling positions in a diverse list of international schools in Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Colombia and Venezuela. Prior to her overseas career she taught mathematics and was a counselor in the the U.S. Her degrees, from University of Tennessee are in Math/Science (B.S.) and Educational Psychology (M.S.) Ms. Lowery's counseling background ranges from K-12 schools focusing on high school students working on post-secondary planning. Over the years Ms. Lowery has devoted time to mentoring new international counselors and encouraging professional growth for colleagues in the profession. She loves getting to know ACS and the region and looks forward to becoming active in the community. In her free time she enjoys photography, music of all kinds, reading, cooking and exploring her new location.

Phil Abraham (students with last names Md-Z, grade 9-12): This is Mr. Abraham's 1st 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!