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 Hello and welcome to the VAHS Counseling page. We hope that you will find these pages full of helpful resources you can use as you navigate your high school career.


Ms. Karen Gracy, Counselor for last names A to K


I am starting my second year as a Van Alstyne Panther and I am excited about the 2021-2022 school year.  The past two years have been different and I feel blessed that we will hopefully have a normal year so I can get to know students better.  Kids are my passion and my heart lies in helping every child achieve success in all aspects of life. The 2021-2022 school year will mark my 29th year in education. This will be my 25th year as a school counselor. I completed my bachelor’s degree at The University of North Texas and my master’s degree at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. I have


I have one grown son and 4 fur babies. When I am not at work, you might find me reading a book, walking the pups, or working out in the yard.


I look forward to working with each student and family.  My door is always open so please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can help with. 


Karen Gracy, M.Ed.
(903) 482-8837





Mrs. Candace Purdom, Counselor for last names L to Z


This is my third year at VAHS and I am very proud to be a Panther! I am extremely passionate about high school students and helping them achieve their goals, whether they are academic, social, or emotional. I moved out of the classroom in the 201-2020 school year, but when I was teaching I was a physics and astronomy teacher for McKinney ISD. I am originally from the Houston area, but have had the opportunity to live and work all over the southern United States. I completed my undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University - College Station and my master's degree at Angelo State University. Outside of school, my passion is for animals and agriculture. Any free time I have is spent raising and training dogs for service work and on the farm with my Quarter Horses. I look forward to supporting students and parents this year, and I know every year I will learn as much from y'all as you learn from me!


Candace Purdom, M.Ed.

(903) 482-8816