School Counselors, College Career Counselor, School-Based Therapist
Counseling Office Hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Counseling Office 890-3850 x52124
WELCOME to the SRHS 2021-2022 school year:
This year all SRCS (Santa Rosa City Schools) K-12 schools migrated from Illuminate to AERIES, the SRCS new Student Information System (SIS). Due to the size of our district, this conversion was ongoing throughout the summer with portions of it completed Friday, August 6, 2021. The conversion is a work in progress for the next few months. Moving forward please use AERIES for schedules or anything else.
If students do not have access to the AERIES portal, assistance with login information for AERIES can be answered by the Counseling Office staff.
Schedule changes are only allowed through Friday, September 3, 2021, for the Fall semester and January 14, 2022, for the Spring semester excluding Office Assistants, Classroom Peer Tutors, SRJC classes, or a level change.
Office Assistants (OA)
Office Assistants ONLY (Teacher Assistant (TA) positions are no longer an option)
- Print and complete the Office Assistant (OA) Application.
- Turn in the completed application to the Main Office.
- An interview with office staff is required to become an assistant in the Main Office, Attendance Office, or Counseling Office.
- Must be an 11th or 12th grader and be on track to graduate.
- Grading for an OA is Pass / Fail (not a letter grade).
- Students will receive a printout of their new schedule from their Counselor if approved for an OA position.
Classroom Peer Tutors
- Must be an 11th or 12th grader and on track to graduate.
- Must have previously completed the course providing tutoring for and earned a grade of a B or higher.
If the above qualifications are met, print the Peer Tutor Application, complete and submit. This document must be completed by the student, parent, and teacher, and submitted to the Main Office. The class is not to be attended until the student receives a printout of the new schedule from their School Counselor.
SRJC Fall Enrollment
If you are enrolled in a course at SRJC for the Fall 2021 semester you must send a screenshot of the course to your School Counselor if you are requesting a change in your SRHS course schedule. Also complete the Class Change Form using the link below.
SRJC Course Completion
- Must be a SENIOR.
- Must have earned 180 credits at the end of Junior year.
- Parent / guardian must approve and send an email to the student’s counselor.
School Counselor Availability
School Counselors and the College Career Counselor are available for drop-in and scheduled appointments before school, during breaks, and after school. We recommended students meet with their School Counselor when they are not scheduled to attend a class. To schedule an appointment use your Counselor's appointment link below. At this time, only phone and zoom appointments are available. The School-Based Therapist meets with students on a referral basis only.
School Counselor Caseload
Students are assigned to a specific School Counselor based on the first letter of their last name. Many students are supported by the same School Counselor all four years of high school. There are approximately 350 - 400 students on the School Counselor's caseload.
Supporting and Empowering
School Counselors are generalists with a wide breadth of experience, training, and education. They support students with ALL aspects of high school: academic, social, emotional, college, career, mental health, and wellness. The School Counselor’s role at SRHS is to provide services for and with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to promote maximum student success. School Counselors may refer students to the School Based Therapist (SBT) or community resources to assist the student with in-depth social emotional and/or mental health needs.
School Counselors are members of the American School Counselor Association.
Seth Geffner A - D
Seth Geffner is from Southern California and a proud supporter of the LA Kings and LA Dodgers (we don’t hold it against him). He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1996 and then attended graduate schools at the University of Michigan and Sonoma State University where he earned his Master’s in Counseling. Seth is married to a special education elementary school teacher in Santa Rosa City Schools and they have two children. Their son and daughter attend SRHS. Seth has been a School Counselor at SRHS since 2003.
Marlene Nemoede E - GR
Marlene Nemoede was raised in Madrid, Spain. She relocated to Sonoma County where she earned her Bilingual Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University. Then moved to San Francisco, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a PPS Credential from the University of San Francisco. Now, she’s back in Sonoma County and has been working for Santa Rosa City Schools for more than 20 years.
Alaina Mitchell GU - K
Alaina is from Ohio, and has lived in California for the past ten years. She is raising her daughter here (which makes her official, she thinks). She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Psychology. After traveling abroad and exploring various career opportunities including working with children with developmental disabilities and in education, she pursued a Master's Degree in School Counseling at Sonoma State University. She is proud to have accomplished this as a single mother. After working as a School Counselor at K-8 Wright Charter School for two years, Alaina decided to become a high school counselor and is enjoying supporting SRHS Panthers. She appreciates the energy, humor, and complexities of adolescence and hopes to inspire others to have compassion for themselves, do their best, and stand up for what they believe in!
Lucy Lucchesi L - P
Lucy Lucchesi was born and raised in San Mateo County and has lived in Sonoma County for more than 15 years. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Psychology and Health Science. Next, she earned a Teaching Credential from San Jose State University and more recently a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Lucy is excited to return to Santa Rosa High School and join the counseling team! She has been a Teacher at several Santa Rosa high schools and a CTE Instructor with the Sonoma County Office of Education. This is her sixth year working as a School Counselor where she enjoys the opportunities to support, guide, and empower students, families, and staff.
Kris Bertsch Q - Z
Kris Bertsch is from the San Joaquin Valley (Modesto). Kris grew up a “farm girl” and still loves the smell and feel of freshly tilled dirt. Kris graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1989 with a BA in History and a BA in Black Studies as well as a Coaching Credential. Once she moved to Sonoma County she then earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sonoma State in 1994. Her children have ALL graduated from SRHS and were "Panthers from the Start." This experience assists her in working with not only students but SRHS parents, as well. Kris was a college athlete and two of her daughters were/are college student athletes. She has a lot of knowledge and experience working with student athletes and the NCAA eligibility system. Kris began her counseling career at Piner High school in 1993. Kris has worked at SRHS, off and on, since 1995.
Evan Englar ArtQuest
Evan Englar grew up in Santa Rosa and attended El Molino High School where he was a peer support student. His early work experiences as a tutor, athletic coach, and supported living facilitator cultivated his interest in becoming a school counselor. Evan received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sacramento State University, and then his master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Counseling at the University of San Francisco. This is Evan’s fifth year as a School Counselor where he enjoys helping students feel happy and confident as they pursue their educational and career goals.
Urjita Parekh School-Based Therapist
Urjita Parekh (Jita) joined the SRHS Counseling Team three years ago as a full-time school-based therapist (SBT). Her office is located in the counseling office. She meets with students by referral from their School Counselor. Jita's role at SRHS is to assist those students who may benefit from more intensive social and emotional counseling interventions by providing short term individual and group therapy, as well as making referrals for students and families to community resources. Jita earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Sonoma State University. For the past several years, she has been working in higher education at Oregon State University as well as at Sonoma State.
Tracy Batchelder College Career Counselor
Google Voice (call/text) (707) 780-2205
Tracy is originally from Santa Barbara, CA and has lived in Sonoma County since 2005. She has a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and recently graduated with her Master’s in School Counseling from Sonoma State University. She spent several years working in environmental conservation on the east coast and in Costa Rica and also lived in Mexico for five years while raising a family. She has three children, one of which graduated from SRHS in 2016. She enjoys working with high school students and helping them to define and pursue their educational and career paths.
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