Ashley Giljum has returned to Viz after a three-year absence, and we are thrilled to have her back as our Middle School Counselor. Ashley first came to Viz in 2007, just a few months after completing her master’s degree in social work at Saint Louis University. Her degree work focused on families, and she worked in the Saint Louis University Admission Office as an Admission Coordinator and Program Coordinator while she was obtaining her degree – a perfect combination to bring to her role of Director of Admission.
During her time as the Director of Admission for Viz, Ashley worked with and enrolled hundreds of amazing students from Toddler through Grade 12. She truly enjoyed getting to know all of the families individually, helping them find the best fit for their student. One of her all-time favorite programs that she created is the Student Ambassador Program, a program that is still used at Viz to this day.
Ashley left Viz in 2016 to pursue other passions. She hoped to find a position in counseling, some other area of social work, or even something completely new, but her path took her to a local independent elementary school, Chesterfield Day School. They were looking for an experienced Admission Director to revive their Admission program. Ashley welcomed the opportunity, crediting this challenging experience with growth that she would not have had otherwise.
Ashley is bringing all that experience back to Viz as the Middle School Counselor. Here is what she had to say about her return to Viz –
“It feels like coming home! I truly missed Viz more than I ever realized when I was away. While wonderful Admission opportunities kept presenting themselves over the years, my true passion has always been to work more directly with students and their families. This counseling role is honestly my dream job come true! I could not be happier to be back at Viz, a school I love so dearly, working as the Middle School Counselor. Middle School is a time of major transition and growth, and I am looking forward to working with students and their families during this exciting time in their lives. My initial goal is to get to know all the students and their families as best and as quickly as I can, so that I can be a resource for them. I am here to support all of their academic, social, and emotional needs as they navigate Middle School.”
Ashley has been married to her husband Brian for 11 years and has a daughter, Lila, who is in third grade and two puppies – Otto and Bear.