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Valerie Marks
Val S3
Full name: Valerie Marks
Alias: V, Val, Val-gina
Gender: Female
Age: 30s
Occupation: Guidance Counselor
Vice-Principal (former)
"Male" stripper at a gay bar(former)
Liquor store cashier (former)
Friends: Jenna Hamilton (best friend)
Lacey Hamilton (best friend)
Tamara Kaplan
Relationships: Mr. Mishra (ex-boyfriend)
Will(Biggie) (husband)
Enemies: Sadie Saxton (possibly)
Collin Jennings (possibly)
Portrayed by: Desi Lydic
First Appearance: Pilot

Valerie "Val" Marks is the series' main female lead on Awkward. She is the Palos Hills High School's Guidance Counselor, and later became the vice principal, but drops it to become a Guidance Counselor, but was later fired by the school's principal after he read the school's newspaper and Jenna Hamilton's article of Valerie (during her rebellious phase). But she later got rehired after her re-appeal after the help of Lacey Hamilton, Jenna Hamilton, Matty McKibben and Bailey Parker.

She is best known for her outgoing and quirky personality, as well as her crazy fashion sense.


Valerie Marks is the well-intentioned, although incompetent at times, guidance counselor at Palos Hills High. Jenna begins seeing her after her accident is misinterpreted as a suicide attempt. Val tends to display lapses in judgment both in her counseling of the students (particularly Jenna) as well as her own personal life. She sees Jenna as more of a close friend (often referring to her as "my girl") and later forms friendships with Lacey and Ally. Val dates a professional mascot named "Biggie". After the kids graduate, Val quits to "find herself".


I don't wanna go down. I've been there, one minute you're on top of the world, and next, you're butt-popping Meth in an abandoned warehouse with a guy named Rooster.|Valerie (Ep.202)}} I want to thank you all for coming to this required assembly.|Valerie (Ep. 203) Don't worry I won't let her know you're a hobag.|Valerie to Jenna Hamilton (Ep. 206)