Meet the Team

Counseling Team

Ms. Deitchel
- 6th Grade Counselor

Hello! I am the 6th grade counselor and I love working at KCMS! I have been in the middle school for the past 5 years, and I am loving it. I have been a school counselor for 13 years now and I believe strongly in the work that I do to help raise and support my students to reach their highest selves. At home I stay busy with two children of my own and five pets; never a dull moment. For fun I love to swim, sing, cook, garden, read, and anything that puts me near the ocean! Please feel free to reach out to me at any time should questions or concerns arise. I very much look forward to working with you and your student this year. 

Voicemail: 303-982-4658


Ms. Terrell

Ms. Ellis - 7th Grade Counselor

My name is Joni Ellis and I am so excited to be working at Ken Caryl! While being a stay-at-home mom of my three amazing red-headed children, I went back to college to earn my school counseling degree. It is something I feel called to do. My role here at KCMS is to support my students being successful academically and personally and to help them build toward their full potential. When I am not at KCMS working with the awesome students, I enjoy baking, singing, hiking, reading, and binge watching Netflix.
Voicemail: 303-982-7080
Email: [email protected]
Ms. Ellis

Ms. Fiess - Gifted & Talented Counselor

Hello! I am Lisa Fiess and I joined the Jefferson County Gifted and Talented Department nine years ago as a GT social emotional learning counselor, with the goal of supporting the affective needs of our gifted learners. I currently split my time between two GT Center programs: Ken Caryl MS and Kendrick Lakes ES, where I proactively counsel students and am a resource for staff and parents. I will be at KCMS on Mondays and Fridays during the school year. I am excited to be a part of the KCMS counseling team and look forward to supporting our gifted students through their middle school years. When I am not at one of my schools, you can find me hiking in the mountains or on the sidelines at a sporting event for two kids of my own.
Voicemail: 303-982-6345


Ms. Fiess

Mr. Fitzgerald - School Social Worker

My name is Zach Fitzgerald and I am the school social worker for KCMS. I moved to Colorado three years ago and grew up in NY. I enjoy hiking, rock-climbing, writing music and boxing. This is my third year at Ken Caryl and I really enjoy having the opportunity to support students in building their emotional intelligence.

Voicemail: 303-982-8368

Email: [email protected]
Mr. Fitzgerald

Ms. Patrick - Social Emotional Learning Specialist

My name is Therese Patrick and I am the new Social Emotional Learning Specialist! This is my 17th year in Jeffco as a Counselor and as a Social Emotional Learning Specialist. My husband and I have four grown up sons and we are enjoying being empty nesters with our dog Zoie. I love traveling, gardening, hiking, cooking and baking. I am greatly looking forward to working with your middle school student and grow our social emotional knowledge and skills together! 

Voicemail: 303-982-7630

Email: [email protected]

Ms. Patrick

Ms. Ourganian - 8th Grade Counselor

My name is Janell Ourganian and I will be the 8th grade counselor this year. I am a Colorado native and grew up in the Littleton area. I attended Colorado State University where I met my husband of 22 years. We have two sons; one is 18 and the other is 9. I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and being out in the sun. I have worked for Jeffco for 18 years as a middle school counselor and I look forward to empowering, supporting, and guiding your student through their middle school experience.    

Voicemail: 303-982-4333


Ms. Ourganian


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