Happy National School Counselor Week

Posted February 1, 2021

North High School Counselors – Meet the team: 

Hi! My name is Melisa Springsteen and I support students’ last names A-C, grades 9-12th. I’m All In for students because I want them to see their potential and possibilities that exist for them in and outside our school building. 

Hi! My name is Jessica Rodriguez and I support students’ last names D-H, grades 9-12th.  I’m All In for students because I love to see them grow. It’s amazing to see the growth that a student makes from year to year. 

Hi! My name is Francine Ruybal and I support students’ last names I-M, grades 9-12th. I’m All In for students because they are our future! Their potential is unlimited and I love being a part of their growth. 

Hi! My name is Kathy Hoffman and I support students’ last names N-R, grades 9-12th. I’m All In for students because I believe in them.  I love watching them learn and grow over the four years.  I am honored to help them navigate their way through high school and figure out what is next for them as a young adult.

Hi! My name is Joanna Wood  and I support students’ last names S-Z, grades 9-12th. I’m All In for students because they are amazing and it is such an honor to get to work with them during this important time in their lives!

Mission – The mission of the North High School Counseling Program is to provide comprehensive services in the areas of academic, social/emotional, and career development. The counselors implement these services through individual, group, and classroom activities while collaborating with parents, staff, students, and community members to ensure equity, access, and success for our Vikings. The professional school counselors at North High School empower all students to be advocates for themselves by building relationships and removing barriers. 

Vision – The vision of the North High School Counseling Program is for all students to graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve academic, personal/social, and career success, and to reach their fullest potential as contributing community members in an ever-changing global society. 

North High School Vision Statement: 

  • Sails for Success
    • Learning and Instruction
      • North High School ensures the post-secondary academic and personal success of its diverse community of learners through the use of data-informed, differentiated supports. 
      • North High School joyfully prepares students to be innovative, analytical, and socially responsible leaders for the betterment of our community and world through the development and execution of individualized, post-secondary plans.
    • Climate and culture
      • North High School celebrates and leverages the assets of its rich legacy and culture to create a climate of high expectations and mutual respect rooted in restorative practice
      • North High School develops the whole child by building strong character in students so they are able to advocate for themselves, take ownership of their actions, persist when facing obstacles, and achieve their life goals. 
    • Family and Community engagement
      • North High School deliberately partners with families, community, and alumni to actively foster the learning and development of every student. 
    • Professional Culture 
      • North High School staff works relentlessly with a growth mindset to improve their professional practice by giving and implementing honest feedback, sharing best practices, celebrating successes, presuming positive intent, and working together to ensure the achievement of every student.

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