Counseling

Counseling Small Groups

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Career Counseling

Mission Statement

The Counseling Department of Ponderosa High School is dedicated to facilitating student growth by providing guidance in academic, social/emotional, and career development in order to allow EACH student to reach his or her full individual potential.



Featured Articles:

Financial Aid Advice for Middle-Class Students
Ways to Help Your Child Choose a Career


The PHS counseling department hosted a series of presentations as follows:

Paying for College 101: Scholarships & Financial Aid
Finding the Right College Fit: YOUniversity
The College Application Process
Writing the College Essay


Counseling Staff

Laurie PortmanLaurie Portman
Department Chair/ Counselor A-Con
laura.portman@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4103

PHS LogoMaggie Leonard
Counselor Coo - G
maggie.leonard@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4000

Diane Guidroz-FredericksDiane Guidroz-Fredericks
Counselor H - Led
dguidrozfredericks@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4017

Erin WilliamsErin Williams
Counselor Lee - On
erin.williams@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4018

PHS LogoAlicia Laughlin
Counselor Oo - SL
alicia.laughlin@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4000

PHS LogoChristy Kidd
Counselor Sm - Z
christy.kidd@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4019

Misty MurphyMisty Murphy
Postgraduate Liaison
misty.murphy@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4105

Stephanie LudwickStephanie Ludwick
Administrative Asst. to Counseling
stephanie.ludwick@dcsdk12.org
303.387.4032

Free Courses:
  • What's College Like
  • Stress-Free (Almost) College Planning
  • Financial Aid & Paying for College
  • Mindfulness in Testing
  • ASVAB Rapid Review
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