Kelli Ritter, Ph.D., LPC, NCC – Student & Parent Counselor

The Founder and President of Effective Parenting, LLC in Atlanta, Kelli B. Ritter earned her Ph.D. in counseling from Georgia State University where she specialized in child and family counseling. Dr. Ritter is trained as a play therapist with many years of experience and research in child and family therapy. She possesses a unique approach to helping families by utilizing concepts and skills from both Play Therapy, Individual Psychology, and Positive Psychology.

Dr. Ritter inspires parents to make the most of play with their children. Through her classes, workshops and products, Dr. Ritter’s FEEL Method helps parents by engendering confidence in and control over their own parenting style. Dr. Ritter’s parenting book & DVD, Come Play with Me!, illustrates her true passion for working with parents, caregivers, and teachers to enhance relationships with children. Dr. Ritter is also an inspiring public speaker and presenter.

Val Schwan, LPC, NCC, MA- Director of Counseling Services

Val Schwan, LPC, NCC earned her M.A. in Community Counseling from Argosy University and holds a B.S. in Business from Arizona State University.

Val’s work experience includes individual and small group counseling with children and adolescents in the school setting as well as in private practice. She is experienced in helping students with tools for their social and emotional needs that will enable them to thrive. Val enjoys the unique gifts and characteristics of each child and works from a child-centered and strength-based framework.  She provides a supportive environment that encourages students to reach their highest potential academically, emotionally and behaviorally. She is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator who helps parents with strategies to navigate difficult parenting challenges.

Yvon Roland, MA, LAPC, NCC- Student & Parent Counselor

Yvon Roland, LAPC, NCC, earned her M.A. in Community Counseling from Argosy University and B.B.A. in Marketing from Georgia Southern University. She earned the opportunity to be a counseling intern during the 2014-2015 school term and joined the counseling team fulltime the following year.

Each day she works with the students individually and within groups, supporting their emotional, social, and academic successes. Yvon works from a nonjudgmental point of view with each child and aims to meet the students where they are developmentally and emotionally. In addition, she provides a safe, supporting, and encouraging environment to be expressive.  One of Yvon’s greatest enjoyments is helping students recognize that they possess the tools that will help them reach their highest potential. Yvon believes that every child has a unique gift and journey that should be cultivated and nurtured.

As an avid bowler, Yvon and Coach Carlock teamed up to create the Cumberland bowling club.

Belinda Horne, M.Ed – Student & Parent Counselor

Teaching in Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System for eighteen years gave me the wonderful experience of combining my passion for teaching with my desire to help each child attain to his/her highest possible expression. During that time I was privileged to work in classrooms, as well as, in a program for high-achieving students. I also designed and presented training for teachers seeking certification in Gifted Education for the state of North Carolina. Following my public school teaching I spent a few years traveling nine southeastern states as an Educational Consultant for MacMillan Publishing Company.

My role at Cumberland Academy of Georgia will include staff development, along with parent and student consultations. I will be sharing skills which I have found to be successful while working with ADD/ADHD students, as well as those on the autistic spectrum. I will also create a safe, inviting, de-stressing room within the school for use by the students and others who choose to be there.

Anna Scheidt, MA, LAPC, NCC – Pioneer Counselor

Anna Scheidt earned her M.A. in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University Atlanta and a B.S. in Psychology from Georgia Gwinnett College.  During the 2015-2016 school year Anna was a counseling intern here at Cumberland. As a counselor, her responsibilities include advocating for students by encouraging personal and social growth, co-leading social skills groups, providing academic support and being an empathetic and listening ear to any student in need. As well as counseling, Anna has volunteered assisting in the special education classroom setting. Anna feels that every child and student has the tools within themselves to strive towards social and emotional growth.  Anna is the Pioneer Counselor and Girl Talk Facilitator.