Military-Connected Students and Families

Welcome to Hunt Valley Elementary School!

Hunt Valley Elementary School (HVES) is proud to be a Purple Star School.  One in four students at HVES is connected to a military branch in our community. Being a home to many military connected families and youth, we are fortunate to have a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) working with this student population.  Our MFLC offers a variety of services and is available to parents and students. 

Below you will find information and resource links to help your transition into Fairfax County and Hunt Valley Elementary School.  We value you and are thankful for your service!

Military Support Staff Resources

Hunt Valley's Family Liaison

HVES has a Family Liaison dedicated to supporting military-connected families through school transition, resources for military installations and FCPS, and can provide helpful information about our surrounding community. If you are new to area or planning an upcoming move, contact Cynthia Youssef, @email.

Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC)

The Military and Family Life Counseling program supports service members, their families and survivors with confidential non-medical counseling where they are stationed. Non-medical counseling can help individuals address issues such as improving relationships at home and work, stress management, adjustment difficulties, parenting, and grief or loss.

Trained to work with the military community, military and family life counselors deliver valuable face-to-face counseling services, as well as by phone and video. They also provide group support with briefings and topic-specific presentations to the military community both on and off the installation. To get started, contact Caroline Miller,  202-725-7018.

Consent Form

Please complete the OPT IN FORM and return to your student's school or email the form to your student's counselor. 

How does the MFLC make a difference?

  • Engaging in activities with children and youth through individual, group and lunch bunches.
  • Providing short term, non-medical counseling support
  • Available at no cost to assist children and youth, parents, family members, and staff of child and youth programs
  • Providing behavioral interventions in classrooms, at camps, and in Child Development Centers to assist staff in setting and managing boundaries
  • Modeling behavioral techniques and providing feedback to staff
  • Being available to parents and staff to discuss interactions with children and other concerns
  • Facilitating psycho-educational groups

Services are private and confidential except for child abuse or neglect, domestic abuse, illegal activity, or any other duty-to-warn situations.

Family Partnerships Specialist, Military-Connected Youth & Families

Meredith Ayala, email: @email 

Military Outreach Liaison

Katie Server, email: @email 

Military School Liaison Officer (SLO)

Pharnice "Marie" Bailey, email: [email protected]  

Distinguished Purple Star Schools

Other Helpful Resources for Military Families

Military Installation Information- Ft. Belvoir

An overview of Ft. Belvoir including main contact information, post services, Family Advocacy Program, relocation assistance, and more. 

Army Community Service (ACS) 

Organization that assists the Fort Belvoir community by developing, coordinating and delivering comprehensive services to help promote self-reliance, resilience and stability. ACS offers no-cost classes and trainings that are designed to equip Servicemembers, Family Members, Retirees, and Department of Defense Civilians with the life skills, knowledge and support needed to face the challenges of military life.