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Student Support Team

SCHOOL 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 school counselors:  


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/10th grade students (

                                                                Sharon Drell-11th/12th grade students


COLLEGE EMPOWERMENT SOCIAL WORKER: College Empowerment School Social Workers are assigned to a selected secondary school zone serving foster youth, English learners, and low-income students in grades 9 through 12. These social workers will focus on mitigating barriers to college access for underrepresented student populations, maintaining a strong college going culture, increasing access to college pathways, resources, information and supporting college planning, application and transition.

                Cleveland’s College Empowerment Social Worker: Krista Lombard-Conely


A-G COUNSELORS: 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 WORKERS (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 Mayra Villa


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: Cindy Bernal


SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS: 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 Marlien Ortiz


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 school nurse:  Gina De La Luna (


SPECIALIZED STUDENT SERVICE COUNSELOR (SSS):  Counselor who provides local, integrated, and specialized support services for targeted student populations, including students in foster care, experiencing homelessness, and/or involved in the Juvenile Justice System.

Cleveland’s SSS:  Cindy Aranada-Lechuga: