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School Counseling Department

Welcome to the SHS School Counseling Department! All Somerville High students are assigned to a school counselor during their time here. The School Counseling Department team members are here to support students and families as students progress through high school and beyond. Below you will find information about many of the programs and services we provide. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s counselor.

School Counseling Department and Contact Information

Simone Braga, SHS Registrar, x6173

Meghan Sousa, 9th grade CTE Counselor, x6112

Justin LaBerge, Beacon House School Counselor (students with last name A-Doq), x6127 

Jeremy Rischall, Elm House School Counselor (students with last name Dor-Le), x6129

Paula Keymont, Highland House School Counselor (students with last name Lf-Pi), x6128 

Cathy Maguire, Broadway House School Counselor (students with last name Pj-Z), x6126

Anne Herzberg Eden, ELL School Counselor, x6130

Anne Irwin, Regular Education Adjustment Counselor, x6132 

Nancy Macias-Smith, Bilingual Adjustment Counselor

Elly Mullins, Redirect Counselor, x6180 

Julie Phylis, School Counseling Administrative Assistant, x6120 

Traci Small, School Counseling Director, x6125 

Melanie Kessler, Director of College & Career Readiness, x6259 

Melanie Banks, College and Career Counselor, x6288

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To facilitate the academic, personal/social, and career development for all students through a School Counseling Program that is comprehensive, preventative, and developmentally appropriate.

Core Values

Strengths-based, Comprehensive, Developmental, Preventative, and Proactive

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Bound by Confidentiality

A counseling relationship involves the development of trust and confidentiality, which must not be breached by the counselor except where there is bullying or a clear and present danger to the individual receiving counseling, or to other persons. The counselor may share information gained during the counseling process in essential consultation with other appropriate persons specifically concerned with the individual. Confidential information may be released only with the consent of the individual being counseled, except when required by law or when a clear and present danger exists.