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Heather Bastedo
Grades 6-7 Guidance Counselor    
850-248-0801

My name is Heather Bastedo, and I am the Guidance Counselor for 6th & 7th grades at North Bay Haven Middle School.  I grew up in northern Michigan and moved to Panama City Beach with my family, in 2008.  I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida State University and my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University.  Prior to becoming a school counselor, I spent nine years working for a national non-profit health organization as a community development director planning fundraising events and ensuring programs and services for patients. 

My husband is a teacher and coach at North Bay Haven High School.  Together we have an 11 year old daughter and two dogs, Mollie a Shih Tzu - Yorkie mix and Jack a miniature Schnauzer.  We are all so thrilled to be a part of the North Bay Haven family!





Deborah Viera
Grades 8-9 Guidance Counselor
850-248-0801

My name is Deborah Viera, and I am the Middle School Guidance Counselor at North Bay Haven.  I have been a Guidance Counselor with the Bay Haven Inc. family since 2009.  I remember the day I was notified that 2 of my children were accepted to attend Bay Haven through the lottery, we were all so excited!   I knew immediately that I wanted to work at Bay Haven and also experience the High Expectation/High Achievement.  I patiently waited a year for a position to open and the rest is history. 

I was born and raised in Panama City.  After graduating from Rutherford High School, I continued my education at Gulf Coast Community College, Florida State University, then earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University. 

I am married to my wonderful husband and have three beautiful children spanning in ranges from college to toddler. 

I am excited to be a Buccaneer and look forward to a great year!

 



Chelsea Gibson 
Grades 10-11 Guidance Counselor
850-248-0801

My name is Chelsea Gibson, and I am the Guidance Counselor for grades 10th through 11th at North Bay Haven Charter Academy.  I have been a Guidance Counselor for ten years.  I grew up in Chipley, Florida and graduated from Chipley High School in Washington County.  After graduation, I furthered my education at Chipola College with an AA degree in Psychology, Troy University with a BS degree in Psychology, Comprehensive Program, and Troy University with a MS degree in Counseling and Psychology.  After graduating from Troy University, I worked as a Guidance Counselor for five years at Mowat Middle School.  The summer of 2012, I made the transition to my new home as a Buccaneer at North Bay Haven!

I have been married to my high school sweet heart since 2006.  We have a daughter who is six years old, a son who is three years old, and a ten year old Jack Russell named Junior!  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, and reading.  

I look forward to working with your family through the fun transitional years of high school.  Have a great school year and GO BUCCS :)!




Kara Sklarski
Grade 12 Guidance Counselor
850-248-0801

My name is Kara Sklarski and I am the Senior Guidance Counselor here at North Bay Haven.  I have been a Guidance Counselor for 12 years, 11 of which have been in the Bay Haven, Inc schools.  I grew up here in Panama City and graduated from Mosley High School.  After graduation, I attended Gulf Coast Community College where I received my AA then transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee where I graduated with my BS in Social Work.  I decided to take a job with Continental Airlines as a Flight Attendant and did that for a year after graduating from college.  After traveling, it was time to get a "real job" and use my degree so I moved back to Panama City where I took a job with Children's Home Society and worked my way up to a Case Manager Supervisor.  My dream had always been to become a Guidance Counselor in the school system so in striving to meet that goal I went back to college to get my Masters.  Once I received my Masters in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University I was hired as a Guidance Counselor at Bay Haven.  I moved to North Bay Haven the year we opened and the 2013 school year moved into the position as the High School Guidance Counselor.  I love my job and the kids I work with!

About my family...I have two beautiful kids who are my world.  Both of my children attend North Bay Haven Elementary and I can't say enough great things about the school.  My children also both went through NBH/BH Preschool program and again I can't say enough wonderful things about that program.  

I am so proud to be a Buccaneer and look forward to working with you and your children as they transition through High School and beyond!  Go Buccaneers!!