Mary Beth Gillespie




    This is my 5th year working with Houston high school students.  I am assigned to students with last names "L -Z". Previously, I worked at Houston Middle School and formerly Houston Jr/Sr High School for the past 22 years. 

    I grew up outside of Philadephia, PA and traveled to the University of Alaska -Fairbanks to play basketball.  I received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at UAF and returned to Pennsylvania.  I earned my Masters of Education in School Counseling at West Chester University. I married my wonderful husband and returned back to Alaska settling in the Houston area to work and start a family.


    I am excited to be working with high school students as they begin to explore post-high school possibilities  The teen years are both challenging and highly rewarding as teens navigate from who-and-where they are now to who-and-where they want to be.


    “If you only do what you can do, you'll never be more than you are."
    -Master Shifu, Kungfu Panda 3
    "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
    -Winnie the Pooh, Pooh's Grand Adventure
    Home Of the Hawks!
    Helpful Links (see Link Library):

    Career Exploration/Preparation

    ·        AKCIS (Alaska Career Information System
    ·        Occupational Outlook Handbook

    ·        AlaskaCareer Ready




    Teen Hotlines

    • Covenant House –Nineline 1-800-999-9999
    • BoysTownNational Hotline 1-800-448-3000
    • The Safe School Helpline 1-800-418-6423  ext.359



    Parent Resources

    • AlaskaFamily Directory: Welcome to the Alaska Family Directory for parents of children with special needs!
    •      Olweus- Bullying Prevention Program: 
    •       The Partnership at DrugFree.org: Information and resources on raising a drug-free child.
    • LINKS Resource Center: Non-profit in Mat-Su providing support and assistance to families caring for children and youth with special needs.

    Teen Resources

    •    Above the Influence: created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign)

    •    Teen Central: Website maintained by KidsPeace- The National Center for Kids Overcoming Crisis


Last Modified on March 18, 2020