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
Justin LaBerge, Beacon Community School Counselor (students with last name A-CHE)
Jeremy Rischall, Highland Community School Counselor (students with last name G-LE)
Kelly Albrecht, Highland Community Bilingual School Counselor (students with last name LH-N)
Natalia Ruiz Toro, Broadway Community Bilingual School Counselor (students with last name O-SAI)
Cathy Maguire, Broadway Community School Counselor (students with last name SAL-Z)
Anne Herzberg Eden, Elm Community Multilingual School Counselor (Newcomers in the MLE Program)
Anne Irwin, Regular Education Adjustment Counselor
Alyssa O'Donnell, 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
To facilitate the academic, personal/social, and career development for all students through a School Counseling Program that is comprehensive, preventative, and developmentally appropriate.
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.