School Counselor Bios

Heather Bastedo

Grades 6-7 School Counselor


My name is Heather Bastedo, and I am the 6th & 7th Grade School Counselor 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 golf coach at North Bay Haven High School. Together we have an 12 year old daughter (also a proud Buccaneer!) and Jack, a miniature Schnauzer. We are all so thrilled to be a part of the North Bay Haven family!

My name is Deborah Viera, and I am the Middle School 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!

Deborah Viera

Grades 8-9 School Counselor


Chelsea Gibson

Grades 10-11 School Counselor


My name is Chelsea Gibson, and I am the School Counselor for grades 10th through 11th at North Bay Haven Charter Academy. I have been a 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 :)!

My name is Kara Sklarski and I am the Senior Counselor here at North Bay Haven. I have been a School Counselor since 2004. 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 School Counselor, 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 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 Counselor. I love my job and the kids I work with!

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 our school.

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!!

Kara Sklarski

Grade 12 School Counselor