New Counseling Intern

Mr. Cornelius

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Alex Cornelius and am the counseling intern from January through May 7th. I am very excited to be part of Rippon middle school. I will be working with Aida Hernandez, Counseling Director every Tuesday and available to help students one-on-one.

I was born and raised in New York, where I received a dual Bachelor's degree in Education and Mathematics. I really enjoyed my student teaching experiences, although, I realized that I enjoy connecting with students and helping them rather than teaching them math. After graduating in 2016, I moved to Springfield, Virginia and began substituting in D.C. charter schools. I enjoyed substituting in high schools, however, I left substituting to become the lead teacher of a KinderCare pre-kindergarten class. I love working with my young students and teaching them the basics of caring for one another, as well as academics.

In 2017 I moved into a townhouse in Dale City with my fiance. We fell in love with the area and decided to move our careers from Springfield to Woodbridge. My fiance, Janyce, is a fifth grade teacher at Enterprise Elementary School. We own two dogs that are a year old (Bella and Quito) and we are fostering a 6 month old puppy (Diego). Diego had his paw stuck in a bear trap, causing him to lose his paw, and we are helping to rehabilitate him. Diego is getting a prosthetic paw within the next few weeks and shortly after that we will be able to officially adopt him. Before we found Diego, Janyce and I, fostered 9 dogs (one at a time) and found them loving homes. Our dogs are very energetic and we all love hiking around Leesylvania State Park on the weekends. I also have two guinea pigs (Mocha and Little) that are five years old! Janyce and I are both vegetarians; she has been a vegetarian for 9 years and I have been for a year.

Currently, I am attending a school counseling Masters program through the University of Marymount. I am also working full time as a pre-kindergarten teacher at the Lake Ridge KinderCare. I am excited to begin working as a school counselor. Thank you for letting me become part of your school's community.

Special Message from Ms. Hernandez

Hello Rippon Family!

We are very happy to have Mr. Cornelius with us! I will be in charge of supervising him on Tuesdays. If your son/daughter would like one-on-one counseling time, please email me. Having an intern gives us a little more freedom and time to work with students in a different way. You can email me here:

Again, Welcome Mr. Cornelius! I am looking forward to working with you these next few months.

Ms. Hernandez