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School Counseling Department

Welcome to the SHS School Counseling Department! All Somerville High students will be assigned to a school counselor during their time here. We are here to support students and families as students progress through high school and beyond. We hope you can find information about many of the programs and services we provide here on this website. 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 

Amber Miller, Redirect Counselor, x6180 

Julie Phylis, School Counseling Secretary, x6120 

Traci Small, School Counseling Director, x6125 

Melanie Kessler, Director of College & Career Readiness, x6259 

Melanie Banks, College and Career Counselor x6288

Department Brochure

English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole


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.



Seniors Post High School Planning Night

Thursday, September 19, 2019
SHS Auditorium
7:00-8:30 pm
Information for seniors and families on post-secondary options, Naviance, and financial aid.


Post-Secondary/PSAT Day/Financial Aid Completion Event

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
During the school day
10th and 11th graders take the PSAT. Special schedule for 9th and 12th grade
FAFSA/CSS completion event in partnership with uAspire for 12th graders.


Introduction to College Basics for Junior Families

Thursday, November 7, 2019
SHS Auditorium
7:00-8:30 pm
Join the School Counseling Department for basic information about the college process.


SHS Introduction to Course Selection Process Night (for 8th grade families only)

Thursday, January 30, 2020
SHS Auditorium
6:00-7:00 pm
An opportunity to hear from SHS counselors about the high school course selection process. This event is for families of 8th graders. 


Class of 2020 Scholarship Awards Night

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
SHS Auditorium
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Seniors are recognized with scholarships from the community.