Hello SLA Community,

Welcome to Mrs. Hirschfield’s College News Blog. Started in the fall of 2012, this is a site to organize and archive all college related events, happenings, suggestions, and strategies as well as topics on out-of-school-time resources in the Philly area and post-high school transitions for Science Leadership Academy students, parents, and community members.

If you have any questions, please be in touch directly.

Mrs. Karina Hirschfield
khirschfield (at) scienceleadership (dot) org

Meet the staff at the College office!
Mrs. Karina Hirschfield

College Counselor: Karina is a founding faculty member here at SLA.  Before joining SLA’s faculty, she taught in the New York City Public School System for four years in a classroom setting in her Bronx, NY hometown.  Her love of education and interest in counseling led her to a Masters of Science in Education degree in School Counseling from Fordham University.  Karina currently runs the school’s College Counseling program where she is thrilled to pursue her passion of supporting students in their pursuit of higher education and professional goals. Karina enjoys getting her students fully engaged in their entire college process experience.  This involvement has resulted in her students achieving success beyond their expectations.




Mr. Mark Miller

img_2980Mark will be one of the new School Counseling interns for SLA during the 2016-2017 school year. Mark is originally from Denver, Colorado and attended Villanova University where he earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology & Interpersonal Communication and played on the Division 1 Tennis Team. His experience, courses and activities at Villanova led him to have a passion for the counseling field. Currently, Mark attends the University of Pennsylvania earning his Master’s of Science degree in School and Mental Health Counseling. Mark’s hobbies include camping, hiking, skiing, kayaking and traveling. Mark is looking forward to getting to know the SLA community!

Ms. Krissy Vartanian

Inline image 1Krissy is a current graduate internship student completing her Masters of Education in School Counseling at West Chester University. She received her B.S. from Drexel University and is a native of Philadelphia. Her passion for counseling stemmed from her experience as a student at Central High School, where she was actively involved with the counseling office and an advocate for its importance to the high school experience. Her hobbies include travel and blogging, where she enjoys recording her experiences as both a student and an adventurer. She spent her youth traveling to Spain and Mexico as a volunteer for a language-immersion program, helping to build community centers and provide guidance for families in poverty. She is thrilled to be a part of such an exceptional community at Science Leadership Academy.

Ms. Joanne Lin 
unnamed.jpgJoanne is a school counseling intern for the 2016-2017 academic year. She is currently getting her school counseling degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Philadelphia, Joanne attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree in biology. Joanne considers herself a third-cultured individual because she has lived in Taiwan, Canada, and the U.S. growing up. During her free time, she likes to go hiking in the woods and travel across states via Greyhound.
Ms. Jackie Devlin

unnamed-1.jpgJackie is a sophomore co-op student at Drexel University where she is double majoring in Psychology and Behavioral Health Counseling. She is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she graduated high school from the LSU University Lab School. Her love of travel and new experiences lead her to moving far away from home to Philadelphia. One of her favorite activities is baking or cooking with her friends and family. She loves to help others regardless of if they need a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, or a freshly baked cookie.


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