My name is Karen Mays-Terry and am one of the Caring Counselors at the awesome Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy. Our school is so special and I appreciate being a part of it.
My journey as an educator started 30 years ago at Mendez Middle School in Austin, TX. I taught Special Education, Language Arts and World Cultures. Later, I followed my heart to Pecan Springs Elementary School. My educational assignment was teaching 3rd and 5th graders. While there, I was recruited and accepted the assignment to teach at Bertha Sadler Means Young Leadership Academy. The 3 years spent during my teaching assignment allowed me to be a House Leader, Culture Club Sponsor and Heritage Assembly coordinator. One of my proudest moments was being recognized and selected as our school’s 2nd “Teacher of the Year. Upon finishing my Counselors Certification, I enjoyed working 2 years at Decker Middle School in Manor, TX. I was able to learn and grow as a counselor working with a wonderful student body and staff.
I accepted the call to return to Bertha Sadler Means as a Counselor in 2019. While here, I enjoy the unique opportunity to assist “Young Leaders” develop their skills for success in their future. We provide leadership training and guidance counseling, career exploration as well as make referrals to outside agencies. We host and plan celebrations, guest speakers and coordinate Career Days for our “Young Leaders”.
We work closely with teachers, administrators and others to provide the best services and learning experiences for our girls.In my spare time away from school, I am an avid reader of all types of literary genre. I enjoy working with my sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated. I am the mother of one daughter Allyson who is also an educator and a grandmother of Aaryn.
I consider it a privilege to be a part of a wonderful learning adventure!
Karen Mays-Terry BA Huston-Tillotson University (College)
University of Texas M.ED
Counseling Certification Region 1
My name is Tiffani Mapp, and I am so excited to be a new Counselor at Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy! I am coming back to Austin ISD from Killeen, TX and previously served as a Counselor in Northeast Austin at Northeast Early College High School and Anderson Mill Elementary School in Northwest Austin.
I am a second-generation Counselor and have been in the field of Education at every educational level including higher education for 26 years and starting my 19th year as a Counselor. Prior to working in the field of Education, I was a Special Education Teacher at every educational level, in the Social Work field as a CPS Specialist for Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services in Waco, TX and a Case Manager for Communities in Schools, Inc. in Temple, Texas. In addition, I have a background in Higher Education as a former Guidance Counselor at Central Texas College in Killeen, TX and a Student Success Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. Currently, I am year-round Adjunct II Psychology Professor at the Evening & Weekend College on Saturdays and an Adjunct II Mental Health Services Professor online both at Central Texas College in Killeen, TX for the last six years. I am excited to be a collaborative, innovative team player to holistically support our young ladies in their social-emotional development, career awareness, and academic achievement.
During the pandemic, I became a Certified Therapeutic Life Coach with specialties in the areas of music, art, mindfulness, meditation, yoga, life story, and life purpose. In addition, in 2018 I became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern (LCDC-I) for Texas Department of State Health Services. With my educational background and experiences, I use an eclectic counseling and consulting approach to meet the differentiated and restorative needs of students.
When I am not providing professional school counseling services for our girls at Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy, in my spare time for the last 21 years I am a creative in the music industry and a public speaker on Mental Health, Holistic Self Care, and Music Therapy modalities. I have a 22-year-old son who is a Sophomore Social Work major and my significant other lives in the United Kingdom and is in the Music Industry as well. In addition, I am a proud legacy member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
It is truly a blessing to be a part of this awesome campus and with smooth energy ready to hit the ground running in providing professional school counseling services using our delivery system in our school community in Responsive Services, Systems Support, Individual Planning, and Guidance Curriculum!
Tiffani Mapp, M.CJ, CSC, LCDC-I
A.S. in Music, Southwestern Christian College B.S in Social Work, Oklahoma Christian University of Sciences and Arts M.CJ in Criminal Justice Administration, University of Central Texas (renamed Texas A&M University- Central Texas) Post-Masters in Counseling, Tarleton State University-Central Texas (renamed Texas A&M University- Central Texas)