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Counseling and Support

Del Mar High School offers students and parents various counseling options to assist with daily aspects of high school life and challenging times at home or work.  Whether students need some help with academics or a friendly face to talk to, Del Mar can help!
 
GUIDANCE COUNSELORS
 
Del Mar's Guidance Counselors are always available to meet with students confidentially and offer emotional support. Each counselor will listen and guide each student to ensure they have a happy and successful education experience within a safe learning environment.
 
Meet our Guidance Counselors!
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Image of Guidance Counselor, Evelyn Beas  Evelyn Beas, Hometown: San Jose, California
 

Ms. Beas' Alma Mater:  Undergrad - SJSU - BA in Child Development, BA in Spanish, Minor in Nutrition; Grad School - SJSU - MA in Counselor Education, PPS Credential.

The best part of Ms. Beas' job:  "The best part of my job is helping students realize their academic potential and supporting them as they navigate through their educational journey that is high school." 

Ms. Beas' tips for success at Del Mar:  "Advocate for yourself, communicate, ask questions, take advantage of opportunities you may be interested in because high school is a time to learn and have fun - 4 years will fly by!"

An interesting fact about Ms. Beas:  "I am a first-generation college student.  I am fluent in both English and Spanish, (Spanish is my first language).  I love trying new foods and traveling."
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Image of Guidance Counselor, Kristie Geist  Kristie Geist, Hometown: San Diego, California
 

Ms. Geist's Alma Maters: Undergrad - UCLA - BA in Political Science; Grad School - National University - MA in Educational Counseling with PPS Credential.

 

The best part of Ms. Geist's job:  "I love working at Del Mar and have been here since 2015! We have such an amazing group of students and staff that create our positive, welcoming, and strong community.

 

Ms. Geist's tips for success at Del Mar:  "Ask questions, try new things, and get involved early!"

 
An interesting fact about Ms. Geist:  "Outside of DM I enjoy reading, yoga, the beach, and traveling to new places."
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Image of Guidance Counselor, Richard Mendoza  Richard Mendoza, Hometown: Gilroy, California
 

Mr. Mendoza's Alma Maters: Undergrad - SJCC & SJSU - BA in Social Science; Grad School - SJSU - Counselor Education, PPS Credential.

 

The best part of Mr. Mendoza's job:  "I like meeting new students. I like watching my students come in as young teens and leave as young adults.  I also like seeing where my former graduates end up working and hearing back from them after they’ve left Del Mar.  I also enjoy working with my fellow colleagues here at Del Mar.

 

Mr. Mendoza's tips for success at Del Mar:  "Work hard, look for solutions, stay grounded, and know that setbacks will breed success in the long run."

 
An interesting fact about Mr. Mendoza:  "I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters.   I also enjoy spending time with friends and family as well.   In my spare time, you’ll find me working in my yard. I’m a die hard 49ers, Giants and Warriors fan."
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Image of college and career specialist, Chasity Knight Chasity Knight, Hometown: Charlotte, NC
 

Mrs. Knight's Alma Maters: Undergrad - Benedict College - BA in History; Grad School - Columbia College - Divergent Learning Education; Grad School - UNCC - Teaching Credential in middle grades Social Studies.

 

The best part of Mrs. Knight's job:  "Building relationships with students and investing time into their success." 

 

Mrs. Knight's tips for success at Del Mar:  "Kindness will open doors that no degree can, work hard and stay humble, give back to your communities, and continue to challenge yourselves."

 
An interesting fact about Mrs. Knight:  "I have a Shih Tzu named Oreo, I love traveling with my husband, hiking, dancing, trying new food, and going to the movies."
 
 
CASSY & UPLIFT COUNSELORS

 

CASSY and Uplift Counselors offer both individual and group counseling as additional support options on campus. Referrals are made by teachers, counselors and administrators.  Parents and students can contact guidance counselors to self refer as well.  

Counseling is offered for a variety of reasons including but not limited to the following:

  • Emotional / mental health
  • Family / home issues
  • Grief counseling
  • Substance abuse
  • Physical health
  • Behavior
 
Meet our CASSY Counselors!
 
Image of CASSY Therapist, Rebecca   Rebecca Warton, Hometown: Oakland, California
 

Ms. Warton's Alma Maters: Undergrad - UCSC - BA in Anthropology; Undergrad - UC Berkeley - Post Baccalaureate in Psychology; Grad School - The California Institute of Integral Studies - MA in Integral Counseling.

 

The best part of Ms. Warton's job:  "I absolutely delight in connecting with students.  Being a part of their "Adult Resources" is an honor and privileged I hold close to my heart.

 

Ms. Warton's tips for success at Del Mar:  "Listen to the wisdom of your inner voice.  Ask questions of teachers and friends so that you stay engaged with your classes, teachers and the social support of fellowship with peers."

 
An interesting fact about Ms. Warton:  "I love traveling and eating different cuisines.  I financed much of my young adult traveling through working at a local restaurant in Capitola.  I share this to inspire youth who want to see the world but are reluctant to believe they can due to the cost to go.  In my career as a Psychotherapist I have worked in Elementary School, High School and College sites.  I am also a Meditation Mindfulness Teacher and integrate a number of different therapeutic interventions in my work with students!"
 
Jill Schwerin, Hometown: San Jose, CA and Winchester, MA
 

Ms. Schwerin's Alma Maters: Undergrad - DeAnza College - AA in Social and Behavioral Psychology; Undergrad - CSU Humboldt - BA in Psychology; Grad School - The California Institute of Integral Studies - MA in Counseling Psychology; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #113754.

 

The best part of Ms. Schwerin's job:  "I love what I do. It is a priviledge to be able to have someone's confidence and assist them with their emotional issues.  I'm always curious about human behavior and the human psyche.  This is something that feels like a calling for me.

 

Ms. Schwerin's tips for success at Del Mar:  "Ask for help. Say something to anyone who works in the school. We want to see you suceed. We really care about you."

 
An interesting fact about Ms. Schwerin:  "My first love was fine arts. I attended the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I was a working fine artist for many years. My family has lived in California since 1848 and were part of the gold rush. We now have 6 generations here and are working on the 7th."
 
 
EMPOWERING OUR COMMUNITY FOR SUCCESS
 

The Empowering Our Community for Success program is hosted by Del Mar and held on campus by Danny Chavez.  The program is designed to work with freshmen and sophomores who need extra guidance and support.  

Some of the features of the program are:

  • Male Empowerment Group
  • Female Empowerment Group
  • Individual counseling
  • After school tutoring support

For more information on counseling and support, please contact your student’s Assistant Principal: