SJND's Counseling Department is dedicated to your success. Our professional team of four counselors is committed to your personal, academic, and college success. SJND has a low counselor to student ratio of 170:1 (national average is 1:500) and a 60:1 ratio for our learning differences counselor. Counselors develop important relationships with you, your teachers and families and help you develop your values and carve your unique path to college.
SJND Counseling Department
John Gunty, Director of Counseling
Angelica Bailon, Ed.D., College Counselor
Lauren Sabia, Personal/Academic Counselor
Maryanne Stehr, Learning Services Coordinator
Jessica De Mesa '12, Learning Support Coordinator and Counseling Administrative Assistant
Academic and College Counseling
Working with our professional counselors, select academic course work and enrichment opportunities that encompass your interests and abilities and meet requirements for college admissions. You are encouraged to pursue Advanced Placement, Honors, and elective courses that fuel your interests and prepare you for the rigors of college.
Dr. Angelica Bailon is our counseling team’s dedicated college counselor. Professionally trained to support students in their college search, Dr. Bailon works with you throughout your four years at SJND. For more information, see College Counseling.
Adolescence is a time of growing independence, maturity and exploration of self. SJND counselors are fully trained to discuss issues and advise you on all matters related to your personal growth and development. We work collaboratively with students, teachers and parents to provide a safe and caring environment. We ensure that the needs of every student are addressed, that students are proactive in advocating for themselves, and that each student’s post-secondary academic goals are realized.
SJND provides educational support for students with documented learning differences. SJND’s Learning Services Counselor, Maryanne Stehr, is a specialist who provides direct educational support to you and your family as well as research-based teaching tools and strategies for our faculty and staff. This alliance between you, your parents, teachers, counselors, administrators and the Learning Services Counselor is an ongoing process of individualized, strategic guidance and support for your academic success.
If you have a learning difference, Mrs. Stehr will help you:
- Get started in the Pilot Prep Program
- Develop a learning plan with requisite accommodations to enhance and maximize your abilities
- File for accommodations on College Board and ACT college entrance testing
Pilot Prep Program
Pilot Prep is an after school study group that is offered three days per week from 3-4:30 pm. This program is in place for students with identified learning needs and aims to provide students with additional educational skills and support so that they may reach their full potential within the SJND community. The students who participate in the Pilot Prep program have identified learning differences or other health issues that make it more challenging for them to organize, plan, track, and complete their homework assignments.
The Learning Center is an academic support program. The Learning Support Coordinator oversees the Learning Center and serves as an academic coach to students. Students work directly with the Learning Support Coordinator, teacher supervisors, and academic coaches to manage and complete their assignments, prepare for exams, and receive tutoring. The coach-to-student ratio is 1:6.
Counselors in the Classroom
In addition to our individual student services and college counseling, the SJND counseling team has designed and implemented a four-year program to address the distinct needs of our student population. In our direct services to students in the classroom, the counselors provide all students with knowledge and skills appropriate to their developmental level. Through effective collaboration with teachers, we are able to implement a curriculum that is organized to help students acquire, develop, and demonstrate competencies in identified areas of need. Some topics covered during Counselors in the Classroom: responsible technology use, social media, resilience and coping with stress, self-concept and self-talk, personal boundaries and healthy relationships, strengths-based career exploration, using MBTI and SDS to discuss college and career planning.