Counseling

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. Please note, we will be closed for Fall Break, Oct. 10-17, 2014, Spring Break, March 23–27, 2015, and for summer break. 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 all of your questions. Our tours take approximately 30 minutes, and are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. If you would like to arrange a visit please call Mrs. Galligan at 303-387-1529. 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. Moseley (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 303.387.1521
Cor-G Mr. Aaron Ragon 303.387.1731
H-Le Mr. Michael Monnet 303.387.1514
Li-Pare Ms. Caeleigh Shellhart 303.387.1517
Park-Sn Ms. Emma Schofield 303.387.1522
So-Z Mrs. Wendy Strait 303.387.1527

Counseling Calenders:

Counseling Important Dates_05.14 (8.18.2014)

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.org
303.387.1521
Master 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 16 years. I am married and have two boys.
Aaron Ragon
Students Cor-G
aaron.ragon@dcsdk12.org
I 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 return 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.org
303.387.1514
Bachelor of Arts: Interpersonal Speech Communication, The University Of Kansas
Master of Divinity: Denver Seminary
I 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.org
303.387.1517
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, University of Colorado Boulder Minor: Women’s Studies Master of Arts: Counseling, Colorado Christian University
I’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 begin 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 17 years and I’m so happy to call this beautiful state my home.
Emma Schofield
Students Park – Sn
emily.schofield@dcsdk12.org
303.387.1522
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology and History, Colby College
Master of Arts: Counseling Psychology, University of Denver
I’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.org
303.387.1527
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology, University of Colorado at Boulder
Master of Arts: Education, Regis University
Counseling and Administrative Endorsement: University of Phoenix
I 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
Phone: 303.387.1510
Cindy Galligan Clerical Support cindy.galligan@dcsdk12.org
Phone: 303.387.1529
Dara Harget
Registrar dara.harget@dcsdk12.org
Phone: 303.387.1524
Fax: 303.387.1668
Ann Marie Moseley
Counseling Secretary annmarie.moseley@dcsdk12.org
Phone: 303.387.1520
Jan Schafer Clerical Support janice.schafer@dcsdk12.org
Phone: 303.387.1637

Psychologist

Kim Frederics
kimberly.frederics@dcsdk12.org
303.387.1531 ext. 71531
B.A.: Psychology, University of Colorado
Ed. S.: School Psychology, University of Northern Colorado
Member: National Association of School Psychologists
Previous public school experience includes:
  • providing educational support within a magnet school program (San Diego Unified School District)
  • providing educational support within gifted/ talented programs and open classroom settings (Cherry Creek School District)
  • providing outdoor/experiential education programs and behavior interventions for at-risk youth (Douglas County School District)Previous experience within the Douglas County School District include:
    • South Street Elementary
    • Eagle Academy
    • D.C. Oakes High School
    • Douglas County Behavior Support Team
    • Ponderosa High School
I believe that working with high school students is the greatest job in the world and I am so honored to be working here with the dedicated staff and wonderful students at Mountain Vista High School!

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 Click HERE for the study guide.
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. Please note, we will be closed for Fall Break, Oct. 13-17, 2014, Spring Break, March 23–27, 2015, and for summer break.
WILL YOU BE AT RED ROCKS PARTICIPATING IN THE 2015 GRADUATION? All seniors must have their required 20 hours of Community Service (Community Service website) documented in the copy room by May 1, 2015 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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