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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

      It is truly a blessing to now call myself a Van Alstyne Panther. I am excited to get to know each student, family and faculty member at Van Alstyne High School. Kids are my passion and my heart lies in helping every child achieve success in all aspects of life. The 2020-2021 school year will mark my 28th year in education. This will be my 24th 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
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.
      The 2020-2021 is starting out very different than other years and I am excited to be a part of Van Alstyne ISD as we navigate through this year. I look forward to meeting everyone and am thankful for the opportunity to work for such an amazing school district.
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