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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

Meghan Sousa, Beacon Community School Counselor 

Justin LaBerge, Beacon Community School Counselor 

Jeremy Rischall, Highland Community School Counselor

Kelly Albrecht, Highland Community Bilingual School Counselor 

Natalia Ruiz Toro, Broadway Community Bilingual School Counselor

Cathy Maguire, Broadway Community School Counselor 

Anne Herzberg Eden, Elm Community Multilingual School Counselor, (860) 577-2663 (during school hours)

Anne Irwin, Regular Education Adjustment Counselor

Nancy Macias-Smith, Elm Community Multilingual Adjustment Counselor

Elly Mullins, Redirect Counselor

Julie Phylis, School Counseling Administrative Assistant

Traci Small, School Counseling Director

Melanie Kessler, Director of College & Career Readiness

Melanie Banks, College and Career Counselor

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

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.