Brett Welch was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She did her undergraduate work at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, double majoring in Psychology and English; and received her Master’s in Counseling at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She began her career as an 8th grade English and AP Psychology teacher, and then discovered her true calling and passion as a school counselor and counselor mentor, which she has been for the past 10 years. She is currently the past-president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and has presented at conferences on classroom management, play therapy and clean language in schools. She spearheaded developing a comprehensive statewide school counselor evaluation accountability tool with the Virginia Department of Education, and, most recently, interviewed with NPR about how domestic violence affects the lives of students in and out of the classroom. Brett lives with her husband, 3-year-old daughter and rescue dog in Henrico, Virginia.