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Mrs. Griffin

Hi! My name is Mrs. Griffin and I am one of the School Counselors here at Cougar Elementary. I am embarking on my 11th year as a School Counselor at Cougar Elementary! Wow! That’s hard to believe! Prior to joining the MPCS team I grew up in a little town 20 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania called Coraopolis (Cory-op-ah-lis). After high school I went to the University of Pittsburgh and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. From there I went on to Duquesne University just down the street to work on my Master’s Degree, which I received in School Counseling. During my time at Cougar I have been passionate about helping people, big and small. I strongly believe in the power of positive thinking and am excited to dive into our seventh year of Bucket Filling. I’m also a big fan of choice theory which I weave into all of my work.

This year I will be helping our second graders and first grade students located on the 3rd floor. Should you have any questions or concerns please reference my contact information at the bottom of this page. I am happy to answer any questions or concerns regarding your child’s academic, social/emotional or behavioral development! I look forward to working with the wonderful families of Manassas Park again this year!

Brie Griffin

Mrs. Brie Griffin
2nd Grade and First Grade Students on the Third Floor

News & Information

  • We are a Bucket Filling school! Bucket Filling is a way to teach children that their words and actions matter. Please check out the Bucket Filling FAQ’s at for answers to common questions, free resources and more!

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

We are a Bucket Filling school! Bucket Filling promotes a culture of caring by encouraging children to be kind and considerate. I would love to talk more with you about Bucket Filling! Please call or email me with any questions. You can also visit the Bucket Filling website by following the Bucket Filling link to the left under the Useful Links module.

Mr. Coston

Hello! My name is Ricky Coston and I am excited to enter my 6th year as a School Counselor at Cougar Elementary School. This school is where I began my career as a School Counselor after graduating from The College of William and Mary with my B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy and my M.Ed. in School Counseling. In my professional life, I am a member of the American School Counselor Association as well as the Virginia School Counselor Association. My practice as a School Counselor is driven by both Solution-focused therapy and Person-centered therapy. In my personal life, I train in several styles of martial arts and I teach martial arts classes to children. I also do acting, dance, gymnastics, and parkour. I love spending time with my family and friends. Originally, I’m from Dunnsville, VA (it’s just outside of Tappahannock, VA). At a young age, I knew that I wanted to help young people in a positive way. I worked as a mentor in my community, and I have always encouraged my sister who is on the autism spectrum.

This year, I will be serving all of the kindergarten classes as well as the first grade classes located on the first floor. I am pleased to assist our students in the realms of academic development, personal/social development, and career development. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me using my contact information found at the bottom of this page. I look forward to working with our spectacular staff as well as the phenomenal families represented here at CES. Here’s to an amazing school year!

Mr. Coston

Mr. Ricky Coston
Kindergarten and First Grade Students on the First Floor

Cougar Elementary is committed to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. In order to help our students, staff and community better understand the definition of bullying please take a look at the visual aide, “Is it Bullying? What is it?” Please let Mrs. Griffin or Mr. Coston know if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help!

Is it Bullying? Graphic

CES Counselors

Why Elementary School Counselors?

“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement."
-“Toward a Blueprint for Youth: Making Positive Youth Development a National Priority,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Please visit the American School Counselor Association website for more information about how Elementary School Counselors can help!