Online Master of Education in School Counseling Faculty
Our Lady of the Lake University’s online Master of Education in School Counseling faculty teaches based on past real-world counseling experiences. You’ll follow a curriculum that mirrors the standards of the Council or Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).
Dr. Cullen Grinnan
Dr. Cullen Grinnan is a tenured Associate Professor with the Education Department of Our Lady of the Lake University. He is a product of Catholic Higher Education, earning his Baccalaureate, Master of Arts, and Ph.D. from St. Mary’s University. Dr. Grinnan received his Doctorate with a specialization in Counselor Education and Supervision.
Dr. Grinnan initiated the Online School Counseling Program at Our Lady of the Lake University in 2010 and served as the Program Coordinator from fall 2010 to spring 2016. He has taught counseling and education classes in the traditional and online formats. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and an LPC Board-approved supervisor for counseling interns. Outside of academia, Dr. Grinnan has served as a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services team, and as a staff therapist for Abiding Presence Lutheran Church. He has also served as a committee member of the Counseling Technology Interest Network with the American Counseling Association. Dr. Grinnan maintains active membership in the American Counseling Association, the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, the Association for Adult Development and Ageing, the Texas Counseling Association, and the South Texas Counseling Association. He served 2013-2014 President of STCA. He was the recipient of the prestigious 1895 Commemorative Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2009-2010 academic school year at Our Lady of the Lake University. In 2014, he was appointed a Faculty Fellow with John Wiley and Sons Publishing, Inc., a global publishing company that specializes in academic publishing.
Dr. Grinnan’s research interests include the assessment of emotions, trauma treatment and recovery, counselor identity development, career interest and exploration with high school and college populations, and the integration of technology into counselor supervision in distance-learning programs. Dr. Grinnan has presented at the local, state and national levels. He has vast experience and is a respected authority on working with at-risk children and their families, especially within the juvenile justice system.
Dr. Grinnan resides in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife, Donna. They have three adult children and two wonderful grandchildren, Ella and Charley.
Dr. Tiffany Simon
School Counseling Program Director and Assistant Professor
Dr. Tiffany Simon earned her B.S. in Biology and M.A. in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University, as well as a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Simon has been a counselor educator since 2014 and has facilitated classes in the face-to-face, hybrid, and online settings. Prior to working at Our Lady of the Lake University, Dr. Simon served as a counselor educator at Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, TX. During her time there she had the privilege to share her online teaching experiences and knowledge at the Sam Houston State University Online Teaching and Learning Conference in 2015 and was an invited guest speaker at the annual "An Evening with Education" fundraiser banquet. Dr. Simon routinely participates as a mentor in the Sam Houston "Dissertation Bootcamp", which is aimed at providing support to doctoral candidates in the dissertation phase of their doctoral programs. In 2015, Dr. Simon was awarded the Sam Houston State University Distinguished Support Professional Award for her work as a school counselor in public schools.
As a Texas certified teacher and school counselor, Dr. Simon has worked with students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels since 2001. During her 10 years as a school counselor, she has worked with students from various demographics (ranging from students at-risk to very high achieving students). As the lead school counselor in a large Houston area school district, Dr. Simon helped to plan and develop comprehensive school counseling programs and provide support to staff members and the community. Dr. Simon has helped to train school counselors by presenting at the local, state, and national levels on topics including teen dating violence, career awareness, social media trends, and school counselor/administrator partnerships. In 2012, Dr. Simon traveled to Costa Rica to further explore counseling programs within the school system and partnerships between school counselors and other support staff. Dr. Simon is an active member various professional organizations including: TCA, Chi Sigma Iota, TSCA, ASCA, and ACA. She currently serves as a committee member for TCA member recruitment.