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Russ Ingersoll

My Wisconsin native roots may be showing in the name I chose for this practice: Lakes and harbors everywhere!

After high school graduation, I attended and graduated from Duke University. To assist in the cost of attending college, I experienced several summer jobs that included working on the Pewaukee Lake weed barge as a weed harvester and at the Allen-Bradley Company in Milwaukee as a drill press operator. While at Duke, I did my student teaching at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C. During that experience, I strengthened my commitment to education and realized my deep interest in counseling.

Following Duke I earned my M.Ed. in Counseling at UVA. During my time at UVA, the Blue Ridge Mountains captivated me and soon I found myself earning my living and making life here.

I have been involved in school counseling for over 30 years at both the high school and middle school levels. Along the way, I earned my Education Specialist degree and obtained licensure as a professional counselor.

I began my career as the Project Opportunity Counselor in Nelson County, then transferred to the Charlottesville Public School system, where I worked until 2000. From 2000 through 2011, I served as the guidance director at Fishburne Military School.

During my years as a school counselor I have served as President of the Virginia Career Development Association, President of the Jefferson Counselors Association, Secretary of the Virginia Counselors Association, and Vice President of the Virginia School Counselors Association.

In 1996 I taught a graduate course in Counseling Adolescents at UVA as an adjunct faculty member. I have presented at several conferences on College Counseling and Writing the Counselor’s Recommendation.

In addition, I am a member of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admissions Counselors and the Central Valley Counselors Association. I travel throughout the state visiting colleges and universities and have established close working relationships with many college admissions representatives.

In the summer of 2011, I launched my private counseling practice.