Student Support Team
GUIDANCE COUNSELOR: Uses data to program and place all students into academically appropriate and rigorous classes that will prepare them to meet all graduation and A-G requirements. Provides guidance to students in matters regarding graduation, college entrance requirements, and scholarships; consults with parents and school personnel as a means of helping students with educational and personal problems that may be interfering with their learning and success in school.
Cleveland’s guidance counselors:
- Lori Howe, Head Counselor: Humanities Magnet
- Priscilla Morales, Head Counselor: Humanities Magnet, Newcomers (ELD 1-4), World Languages Pathway
- Nicole Delondi: Humanities Magnet
- Raquel Alotis: SAS
- Stephanie Hussey: SAS
- Teresa Frias: STEM Pathway
- Ami McColl: AOAT and Art Pathways
- Judith Perez: GMS and Media Arts Pathway
- Diane Shapiro: MR, AUT, SDC, Liberal Arts and Performing Art pathways
- Rudy De La Torre: Cleveland Learning Academy & Articulation
COLLEGE COUNSELOR: Primary function of identifying for students the coursework and preparation needed for college admission and assisting students and their families in the college application and financial aid processes. Publicizing and providing information about college readiness, mentorship and student support programs for 9th through 12th grade students.
Cleveland’s College counselors: Geni Cobb (9th and 10th grade students) and Sharon Drell (11th and 12th grade students)
A-G COUNSELOR: Focuses on dropout prevention, A-G intervention and credit recovery, supporting transition and articulation, and college and career readiness. Counselors work with a targeted student population in grades 9- 12 that are Tier 2 (3–4 A-G courses behind) or Tier 3 (5 or more A-G courses behind) teaching high school preparedness and culmination/graduation requirements.
Cleveland’s A-G counselors: Nancy Garcia and Jennie Garcia
PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER (PSW): Promotes early identification of students with behavioral, social, and/or emotional problems and provides opportunities for intervention; and recommends procedures for dealing with those effects on a student’s learning and behavior.
Cleveland’s PSW’s: FIaz Syed and Nancy Dimecali
PUPIL SERVICES AND ATTENDANCE COUNSELOR (PSA): Counselors who work to improve system-wide student attendance, engagement, achievement, and graduation. They work directly with students who experience difficulties in achieving their academic potential due to socio/emotional, home and community barriers.
Cleveland’s PSA’s: Taniesha Blake and Cindy Bernal
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST: Provides psychological services to general education students and students with disabilities; conducts psycho-educational assessments to assist in determining eligibility for special education services and the development of educational programs; consults with school personnel, parents and others concerned with the progress of students; provides individual and group counseling services.
Cleveland’s school psychologists: Chris Vanek and Natalie Cicekci/Mor Saghez
FOSTER YOUTH COUNSELOR: Provides case management and supports the educational outcomes and academic achievement for students living in foster care. Provides counseling services to students and their families; work with children's social workers to ensure school stability; assist in locating District services and community resources available to at-risk students; and engage in research and data collection aimed at improving educational policies and identifying best practices for students living in foster care.
Cleveland’s foster youth counselor: Araceli Gonzalez
SCHOOL NURSE: Provides nursing services to students age 0-22. Services include, but not limited to, first aid, immunization assessment and follow-up, communicable disease control, health education, health appraisals, development of school health plans, and child abuse reporting.
Cleveland’s schoolnurse: Gina De La Luna