Meet the Counseling Center Staff


 Your SUHI Counselors!
Left to right: Mrs. Luansing-Garcia,  Ms. Silva,  Mr. Smith, Mrs. Donato-Palmore, Mrs. Chavez-Casas, Mrs. Garcia



Counselor Alphabet Breakdown, 9th through 12th grade

SUHI Counselors 2011-2012



A-CARM - Mrs. Chavez-Casas
CARN-FERN - Mrs. Garcia
FERO-GOI – Ms. Rico
GOJ-LO – Mr. Smith
LU-PAD – Ms. Silva
PAE-SALA - Mrs. Luansing
SALB-Z – Mrs. Donato-Palmore



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Nancy Garcia

Mrs. Garcia has been in the field of education for over 15 years. Received bachelors degree from UCSD and masters degree from SDSU. She is the product of the Sweetwater Union High school district and continues to reside in the area with her family.


Kevin Smith - Scholarship Counselor

Mr. Smith has been working with young adults since his Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy. Mr. Smith has done extensive work with troubled youth throughout San Diego County. Mr. Smith uses his experience and troubled upbringing to connect with students who have not yet experienced academic and social success. Mr. Smith has trained many school districts in the areas of: School Safety, Youth Development and Parent Empowerment. Mr. Smith proudly possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science and a Masters of Arts in Educational Counseling from National University. Mr. Smith is one of 26 men featured in "A Better Man" book.
 

Lysabeth Luansing-Garcia - Head Counselor
Mrs. Luansing-Garcia is an alumni of Sweetwater High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from San Diego State University and her Masters of Science in Educational Counseling from National University. Her doctoral studies in teacher leadership at Walden University were set aside upon the birth of her first son in 2008. Before becoming a counselor at Sweetwater, she taught English Language Arts for seven years at Castle Park High School. She currently leads the Counseling Center Team as Head Counselor.Mrs. Luansing-Garcia is delighted to be back at her alma mater serving the students of National City!


Brenda Chavez-Casas 

 Mrs. Chavez-Casas is a graduate of Montgomery High School, and received her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of San Diego. She then went on to complete her Masters degree in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Mrs. Chavez-Casas was the first in her family to graduate from a university. She has worked for the SUHSD for the past 10 years, and is completing her eighth year at Sweetwater High School. Mrs. Chavez-Casas believes in community involvement, therefore, for the past eight years, she has been an active member and former chair of the South Bay Adelante Mujer Steering Committee. She dedicates her free time to her loving husband and her two lovely daughters.

Liliana Silva 

 Ms. Silva, graduate of Sweetwater Union High School, received her Bachelors Degree from UC Davis in Psychology and Spanish. She received her Masters Degree in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from San Diego State University. Prior to her arrival at Sweetwater High School she worked as a school counselor for the Vista Unified School District. Ms. Silva believes in community involvement, therefore, she has been an active member of the South Bay Adelante Mujer Steering Committee, which she now co-chairs. In addition, she serves as the Communication Chair for the Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association and has been a part-time faculty member for the Counseling and School Psychology Program at SDSU. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at SDSU.


Dinnah Donato-Palmore

Mrs. Donato-Palmore is a graduate of Garey High School in Pomona, California. She is the oldest of 4 and was the first in her family to attend college in the United States. She emigrated from the Philippines when she was 7 years old. Mrs. Donato-Palmore earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from UCLA. She, subsequently, earned her Masters Degree in Counseling from San Diego State University. She has worked for Sweetwater Union High School District for 18 years and has spent 14 of those years at Sweetwater High School. Mrs. Donato-Palmore was a former President of the Sweetwater Counseling and Guidance Association, scholarship counselor, and head counselor. Mrs. Donato-Palmore believes in parent and community involvement and, thus, established the Sweetwater Union High School District Filipino American Parent/Student High School Conference: Magkaisa.


Vanessa Rico


Melina Gaytan, 
Registrar
Martha Ramirez
Counseling Center Secretary

Counselor Duties and Responsibilties

 

Academic

Career

Personal/Social

Other

Chavez-Casas

 

FINANCIAL AID

·          9th gr 4yr plan10-12th grade

·          Credit checks

·          Fine Arts Department Liaison

·          Senior Folders

·          Valedictorian/Salutatorian

·          Financial Aid/FAFSA

·          SST

·          SUHI News

·          Parent Link

·          ConnectEd

 

 

 

·          Student Aide Coordinator

·          Pre-Reg Coordinator

 

 

 

Donato-Palmore

 

POST-SECONDARY

·          9th gr 4yr plan

·          10-12th grade Credit checks

·          AP/GATE Committee

·          College Application Workshop Coordinator

·          Science Department Liaison

·          SWC College Bound

·          SWC College Peer Advisor

·          College Peer Advisors (WAHUPA, Upward Bound, etc.)

·          Career Technical Education

·          SST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garcia

 

CURRICULUM

·          9th gr 4yr plan

·          10-12th grade Credit checks

·          Social Science Department Liaison

·          Curriculum Committee

·          Seal of Biliteracy

·          10th grade presentation coordinator

·          Senior Folders

  • Compact for Success

·          SST

 

·          Pre-Registration Coordinator

·          Pre-Registration Form

·          Course Elective Guide

·          Senior Profile

Luansing-Garcia

 

COLLEGE ASSESSMENTS

·          9th gr 4yr plan

·          10-12th grade Credit checks

·          College Admissions Presentations

·          College Awareness Day

·          Credit Recovery

·          Faculty Mtg and Staff Workshops

·          PSAT/SAT/ACT Mock Test with Princeton Review (11th grade focus)

·          SAT/ACT Coordinator

·          PSAT Liason



 

 

 

·          SST

·          Parent Workshop Coordinator

·          Parent Advisory Committee

 

·          Head Counselor

·          Master Schedule

·          FAC

·          Website

·          SPARC

·          Bulletin Board

Silva

CAREER

·          9th gr 4yr plan

·          10-12th grade Credit checks

·          Nia Scholars

·          College Camps

·          World Language Department Liaison

·          A-G/UC Website Update

·          NCAA

·          College Awareness

·          Career Speakers

·          Career Day

·          SST

·          SUHI News

·          Parent Link

·          ConnectEd

·          Senior Survey

Smith

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

·          9th gr 4yr plan

·          10-12th grade Credit checks

·          UC ELC Coordinator

·          NIA Scholarship

·          Math & English Department Liaison

·          Senior Scholarship Coordinator

·          SST

·          Support Group Coordinator

·          21 day Challenge Afterschool Program

 

 

 

 

 

Beltran

 

Alternative Ed

·          Counselor duties and responsibilities  for ISHS

·          Counselor duties and responsibilities  for ISHS

·          Counselor duties and responsibilities  for ISHS

 

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