Counselor/Mental Health Bios and Contact Info

Allison MacDonald (7th Grade Counselor)

Born and raised in Wheat Ridge, I attended Prospect Valley Elementary, Everitt Middle School, and I graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1989. In the fall of 1994, I came back to Everitt to begin my teaching career. Six years later in 2000-after having taught 8th Grade Language Arts and having completed my Graduate Degree in Educational Counseling-I left the classroom and began my journey as a school counselor. I love all of the Everitt families I’ve worked with over the years; I am proud of the fact I’ve worked in this community for so long. It has really been a privilege.

Outside of school, I am interested in art, interior design, architecture, and dogs!

Alison Semler (8th Grade Counselor)

I am a graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, as well as a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver. I became a middle school counselor because I never had one growing up, and recognized the importance of helping students balance the loads of school, family, friends, and life; especially in the early teenage years. I look forward to working with your students to help problem solve areas of struggle, celebrate areas of strength, and prepare for what the future holds. 

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs + (arriving October 2016- Baby Semler), being outdoors, playing sports,and watching the Denver Broncos.

Sarah Booster (Social Worker)

I am originally from the Midwest (Indian & Ohio) and in 2009 I moved to Colorado. In 2011 I graduated with my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver with a focus on High-Risk Youth and Interpersonal Trauma Studies. I am now a licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Here at Everitt I am part of the mental health team and mainly service the needs of students in special education. I help students in many areas including, but not limited to, coping skills associated with anger and anxiety, conflict resolution, social skills, peer mentoring, self-esteem/self confidence, self-advocacy, organization and other executive functioning skills. I am also the special education department chair and perform the administrative tasks that go along with that position.

Dianne Arthur(Social Emotional Learning Specialist LCSW)

This is my first year at Everitt and I am excited to begin my journey as an Everitt Raider. For the past seventeen years, I have been working as a school social worker. Seven years ago, when my youngest of 4 daughters graduated high school in Miami, Florida I moved to the beautiful state of Colorado, where I enjoy being outdoors anytime I can. 

Social and Emotional Learning Specialists (SEL) were created by the Board of Education, to provide students with opportunities to build social and emotional competencies. Social and emotional learning involves processes through which students develop fundamental emotional and social competencies to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that when students have effective social and emotional skills they are more likely to succeed in school and life. As Everitt's SEL, I will be working with students in many different capacities, helping them to build on their social and emotional learning. 

I am here to support all Everitt families, so please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.

Julio Ocana (Gifted and Talented Counselor)