Counseling

Office Information

 

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FOR CLASS INFORMATION, go to the student tab of the home page and down to your appropriate class.

STUDENTS AND PARENTS—HOW TO REGISTER FOR A COLLEGE VISIT: Approximately 100 colleges/universities come to visit Mountain Vista every year, 75 percent of those in September and October. Each visit enables you to meet with that college/university representative and get information about the school, as well as ask questions. The visits last up to 30 minutes. Juniors and seniors may sign up for these visits through Naviance (be selective and choose only those schools you are genuinely interested). Naviance is continually updated as new visits are scheduled. If you do not know how to sign up, please stop by Counseling. There are slips in an envelope on the outer window giving you step-by-steps. Please follow the steps carefully. It’s very easy!

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY REPS—HOW TO REGISTER FOR A COLLEGE VISIT: If you would like to arrange a visit at Vista, please contact: cindy.galligan@dcsdk12.org or 303.387.1529.

SCHOOL TOURS: Are you considering attending Mountain Vista? We would be more than happy to take you (parents and students) on a tour of our building! We will provide information about us, as well as answer ​any questions you might have​. Our tours take approximately 40 minutes, and are scheduled for 12:​45 p.m.​Wednesdays and Thursdays​. If you would like to arrange a visit please email Mrs. Galligan at Cindy.Galligan@dcsdk12.org. Mountain Vista does not participate in any sort of Shadow Days. We look forward to meeting you!

TO SEE A MEMBER OF OUR STAFF…

OFFICE HOURS: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m-3:30 p.m.
Students:Each counselor has a sign-up sheet on a clipboard that hangs next to his/her office door. Sign up in the appropriate time slot for an appointment. Mrs. Compton (counseling secretary) will give you a pass to return on the day of your appointment. Parents:Please call 303.387.1520 to make an appointment.To speak with your student’s counselor, please contact the counselor directly:
A-Cop Mrs. Robyn Mott Robyn.Mott@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1521
Cor-G Mr. Aaron Ragon Aaron.Ragon@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1731
H-Le Mr. Michael Monnet Michael.Monnet@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1514
Li-Pare Ms. Caeleigh Shellhart Caeleigh.Shellhart@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1517
Park-Sn Ms. Emma Schofield Emily.Schofield@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1522
So-Z Mrs. Wendy Strait Wendy.Strait@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1527

Counseling Calenders:

2015-16 Counseling Important Dates_8.18.15

Mission Statement

The Mountain Vista High School Counseling Department is a comprehensive guidance and counseling program facilitating student growth in academics, career, and personal/social development. We are committed to serving and supporting students, families, and staff through listening, problem-solving, informing, guiding, and nurturing for the purpose of inspiring all toward extraordinary efforts.

Counselors

Robyn Mott
Students A – Cop
robyn.mott@dcsdk12.org303.387.152Master of Arts:  School Counseling, University of Northern ColoradoBachelor of Arts:  Social Science, University of Northern Iowa.I have been a Social Studies teacher since 1998. I began my educational career at Adams City High School in Commerce City. After teaching and coaching there for four years I made the move to Mountain Vista High School. I have taught many different social studies classes, but my true passion was teaching AP Psychology. Teaching AP Psychology inspired me to pursue a school counseling position. I feel extremely privileged to be able to work with this student population. I am originally from Iowa, but I have lived in Colorado for 17 years. I am married and have two boys.
Aaron Ragon
Students Cor-G
aaron.ragon@dcsdk12.org303.387.1731I have a bachelors degree from CU Boulder and my masters in counseling and psychology from CU Denver.I started my high school counseling career at Mountain Vista, working here between 2007-2012. I am thrilled to have returned to Mountain Vista after working for two years at an international school in Tokyo, Japan. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Practicing Counselor. My previous work experience has included the Denver Children’s Hospital where I was a mental health counselor, working as a therapist in private practice, the commercial fishing industry in remote Alaska and at McMurdo research station in Antarctica. I am married and my wife and I have two fantastic sons.
Michael Monnet
Students H- Le
michael.monnet@dcsdk12.org303.387.1514Bachelor of Arts: Interpersonal Speech Communication, University Of KansasMaster of Divinity, Denver SeminaryI have 20 years of experience working as a counselor with individuals and families in a variety of contexts. My wife and I enjoy the many adventures that our children, travel and day-to-day life bring. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be a part of our community and at every moment attempt to be mindful of the words of Richard Feynmen, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.”
Caeleigh Shellhart
Students Li – Pare
caeleigh.shellhart@dcsdk12.org303.387.1517Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder (Minor: Women’s Studies)Master of Arts: Counseling, Colorado Christian UniversityI’m a National Certified Counselor and my background is in clinical counseling. I spent 2009-2012 working in the non-profit realm counseling at-risk teens in the Denver Metro area. Since 2010, I have been working with both teens and adults part-time as a private practice counselor. I feel blessed to have begun my career as a school counselor at Mountain Vista. I’m passionate about working with my students. I consider it an honor to be involved in student’s lives both in the here and now as they navigate high school, and also as they begin to formulate plans for their future. Though I can’t call myself a true Colorado native, I have lived here for the past 18 years and I’m so happy to call this beautiful state my home.
Emma Schofield
Students Park – Sn
emily.schofield@dcsdk12.org303.387.1522Bachelor of Arts: Psychology and History, Colby CollegeMaster of Arts: Counseling Psychology, University of DenverI’m proud to say that I started my school counseling career at Mountain Vista High School and have remained here since! I am also a National Certified Counselor with a background in mental health counseling as well as school counseling. In the past, I have worked with children and adolescents in a variety of contexts including coaching. I am originally from just outside of Boston, Mass., but have been living here in Colorado for several years.
Wendy Strait
Students So-Z
wendy.strait@dcsdk12.org303.387.1527Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, University of Colorado at BoulderMaster of Arts: Education, Regis UniversityCounseling and Administrative Endorsement: University of PhoenixI have been a counselor since 1994. I began my educational career at Limon School District as a K-12 counselor. In Douglas County, I worked at Ponderosa High School for three years before moving to open Mountain Vista High School. I have also worked in community development, human resources, and with at-risk students in a government work program. I am married with four children.

Counseling Staff

Lori Cagle
Post-Grad Secretary lori.cagle@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1510
Glenda Compton Counseling Secretary glenda.compton@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1520
Cindy Galligan Clerical Support cindy.galligan@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1529
Dara Harget
Registrar dara.harget@dcsdk12.org 303.387.1524 Fax: 303.387.1668

School Psychologist

Michael Christofferson
mchristofferson@dcsdk12.org
303.387.1531 ext. 71531
B.S. in Psychology, Brigham Young University
M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota
Ed.S. in School Psychology, University of Minnesota
Prior to coming to the best high school west of the Mississippi I worked at a charter school network in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I claim Utah as my home state, but I’m really more of a mutt — I’ve lived in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Utah, Mexico City, Portugal, El Salvador, Texas, Minnesota, and — save the best for last — Colorado. Before going back to school to train as a school psychologist, I taught a bilingual first grade class in Dallas, Texas. My wife and I have two irresistible boys.

Social Worker

Julie Sturgeon
julie.sturgeon@dcsdk12.org
303.387.1518
Bachelor of Arts: Social Work, New Mexico State University
Master of Arts: Social Work, University of Denver
Clinical License in Social Work (State of Colorado)
Master of Arts: Education, Regis University (in progress)
I have always had respect for education and a passion for working with youths and their families, which are my reasons for dedicating my life to a career in school social work. Previous to working at Mountain Vista High School, I worked in Denver Public Schools experiencing school social work at all levels, athough the majority of my work has been at the high school level. My true love is working with high school students. I have also enjoyed assistant coaching track and cross country, as well as sponsoring student leadership activities.”The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.” —Arthur C. Clark

Professional Learning Facilitator

David Larsen
david.larsen@dcsdk12.org
303.387.1690
ALGEBRA ACCUPLACER STUDY GUIDE—HERE for the study guide.
MINI COLLEGE FAIR TUESDAY, SEPT. 1 DURING BOTH LUNCHESSeventeen colleges will have tables set up near the auditorium to talk to students. The Counseling Department highly encourages students to stay on campus during lunch to visit with these admissions counselors. This is a STUDENT-ONLY event.Schools represented include:

  • UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
  • ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
  • ARAPAHOE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
  • COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
  • CORNELL COLLEGE
  • FT. LEWIS COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
  • HASTINGS COLLEGE
  • UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
  • UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
  • UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI
  • UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO
  • UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
  • REGIS UNIVERSITY
  • ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY
  • TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
  • UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact  Mr. Ragon or Mrs. Galligan in the counseling office.

COLLEGE VISITS AT MOUNTAIN VISTA STUDENTS AND PARENTS— Approximately 100 colleges/universities come to visit Mountain Vista every year, 75 percent of those in September and October. Each visit enables you to meet with that college/university representative and get information about the school, as well as ask questions. The visits last up to 30 minutes. Juniors and seniors may sign up for these visits through Naviance (be selective and choose only those schools you are genuinely interested). Naviance is continually updated as new visits are scheduled. If you do not know how to sign up, please stop by Counseling. There are slips in an envelope on the outer window giving you step-by-steps. Please follow the steps carefully. It’s very easy!

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY REPS— If you would like to arrange a visit at Vista, please contact: cindy.galligan@dcsdk12.org or 303.387.1529.
WILL YOU BE AT RED ROCKS PARTICIPATING IN THE 2016 GRADUATION? All seniors must have their required 20 hours of Community Service (Community Service website) documented in the copy room by May 1, 2016 in order to graduate. Please complete the form and return it to Ms. Reed in the copy room across the hall from the library.
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