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ACADEMIC/College/PERSONAL GUIDANCE CounselinG

Mission and Philosophy
The Guidance and Counseling Program at La Salle Prep seeks to positively impact the lives of our students by partnering with parents, community, faculty and staff.  Our program offers comprehensive planning and guidance services addressing student academic and career goals, as well as personal, spiritual and social needs.  We work to give students the opportunities to acquire the educational and social competencies necessary for their growth toward lifelong success and effective, responsible citizenship for a diverse and changing world.

We are pleased to introduce Family Connection from Naviance, a Web-based service designed especially for students and parents. Family Connection is a comprehensive website that you and your child can use to help in making decisions about courses, colleges, and careers. Family Connection is linked with Counselor's Office, a service that we use in our office to track and analyze data about college and career plans, so it provides up-to-date information that's specific to our school.

Family Connection will allow you and your child to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
  • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
  • Sign up for college visits – Find out which colleges are visiting our school and sign up to attend those sessions

Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your child about up-coming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other Web resources for college and career information. In addition, the site includes a link that your child can use to send us an e-mail message.

Click here to visit our school's Family Connection site. For your initial log-in, use the guest password of FALCON. (This is case sensitive, so make sure you use all capital letters.)

When you visit the site for the first time, please enter your personal registration code in the New User box and follow the on-screen instructions to create your own account. If you do not know your registration code, please contact the College Counseling Office for assistance. Note that you and your child may each receive different registration codes, and that each code may be used only once. Once you have your own account, you will sign in using the user name and password you chose during the registration process.

I am  hopeful that you will find this resource helpful. If you have further questions about Family Connection, please contact the College Counseling Office at 503.353.1419. Thank you.

Counseling Services

There are five guidance counselors who are trained to respond to the needs of individual students. Each guidance counselor also brings an area of expertise to their work and these are listed below. Students may choose to work with any counselor, but they are officially assigned to a counselor by last name as follows:

 

 

Nancy Orr                         norr@lsprep.org               503-496-1750
Last Names:  A-B

Responsibilities include:

  • Support for first-generation college prep students
  • San Miguel Scholars Counselor

Nancy Orr, MA earned her Master of Arts in Counseling and Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 1986 and has worked at La Salle since 2000. Ms. Orr received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Nebraska. She is also a member of the (ASCA) American School Counseling Association. Previous experience includes being a small business owner, classroom teacher and a drug and alcohol counselor at an alternative high school. She currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Multnomah County.

 

Renee Giesemann          rgiesemann@lsprep.org       503.353.1442
Last Names:  C-F
Responsibilities include:

  • Support for students with learning differences
  • Support for Signum Fidei Students

 

 

Renee Giesemann, SSP earned her Specialist in School Psychology degree from Winthrop University in 2012, and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in 1988. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University in New Orleans. Mrs. Giesemann has provided counseling and school psychology services to students in grades K-12. She has also worked in community mental health and provided career counseling services to US Army personnel in Germany. Mrs. Giesemann is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

 

Kerri Kelvin                   kkelvin@lsprep.org               503.353.1421
Last Names: G-L
Responsibilities include:

  • Counseling Department Chair
  • International Student Support
  • Transfer Student Support
  • Introduction to Psychology Teacher

Department Chair Kerri Kelvin, MSW graduated from Portland State University’s Master in Social Work Program and has been a counselor at La Salle since 1997.  Her previous experience includes individual and family counseling with teen parents, advocating for survivors of domestic violence and teaching high school in Szeged, Hungary.

 

Tyrone Stammers          tstammers@lsprep.org          503.353.1419
Last Names: M-Q

Responsibilities include:

  • College and Career Guidance Programs
  • AP Coordinator
  • Naviance Administrator
  • Testing Coordinator (Explore, PLAN, PSAT)

Tyrone Stammers, M.Ed earned his Master of Education in School Counseling from Lewis & Clark College in 2012. Prior to joining the La Salle Prep family, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Gonzaga University and worked in the Commercial Printing industry for 16 years. Mr. Stammers has been part of the counseling team since 2011. Mr. Stammers is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and National Association for College Admission Counseling. He has worked with youth as a cross country and track coach for the last 16 years.

 

 

Seth Altshuler                      saltshuler@lsprep.org                   503.353.1422
Last Names:  R-Z
Responsibilities include:

  • Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Office of Student Support


Mission and Philosophy

The Office of Student Support is committed to offering an inclusive and nurturing yet challenging environment in which students of diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning styles and abilities can succeed. The Office of Student Support works closely with the Counseling Department, faculty and staff, and students and their families to create a seamless network of support from the time a student is an applicant to La Salle until graduation.

The Director of Student Support provides support services for students in two categories:

  • Students with documented learning differences and other health impairments.
  • Students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with high potential.                                   

Support Services

The Office of Student Support provides help to students by:

  • Monitoring student progress
  • Offering help with study skills, test-taking strategies, and organization
  • Coaching for self-awareness and self-advocacy
  • Communicating regularly with students, parents and teachers
  • Maintaining student documentation files
  • Assisting with applications for accommodations for the SAT & ACT
  • Referring students to professionals for assessment, educational therapy, and/or tutoring
  • Providing support throughout the college application process
 

Andrea Flores                  aflores@lsprep.org                503.353.1418
Responsibilities include:

  • Academic Accommodation Plans
  • San Miguel Scholars Program
  • Student Development Team Coordinator
  • MAP Testing Coordinator
  • Moderator, Multicultural Student Alliance

Andrea A. Flores, MPA graduated from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs with a Masters in Public Administration and a focus on education and social policy in 2001.  Her previous experience focused on student access and enrichment programs as well as academic and college advising that directly impacted economically and educationally disadvantaged youth with high potential.  She has worked in an array of educational settings - public middle schools and high schools, Catholic Lasallian high schools, and colleges and universities. Mrs. Flores is in her second term as a member of the San Francisco District Mission Council for the De La Salle Christian Brothers in Napa, CA, a 13-member body that advises the Christian Brothers on our Lasallian educational mission in existing and future ministries.

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