Counseling Appointments

Use the links below to make an appointment with your counselor

Laurie Portman, A - CL
Patrick O'Brien, CO - GL
Diane Guidroz, GO - LAS
Pamela Cheeseman, LAT - PA
Alicia Laughlin, PE - SR
Christy Kidd, ST - Z

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Our Mission

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.


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Students who require official transcripts through the application process must request these through Naviance to be sent to your college of choice. 

Official transcripts are $3 each, per college. Students can submit the payment in cash to Mrs. Lynott in the Post Grad Center or pay through My School Bucks.

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Counseling Staff

Laurie PortmanLaurie Portman
Counselor A-CL
Make an appointment
[email protected]

O'BrienPatrick O'Brien
Counselor CO - GL
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Diane Guidroz-FredericksDiane Guidroz
Counselor GO - LAS
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CheesemanPamela Cheeseman
Counselor LAT - PA
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[email protected]

Alicia LaughlinAlicia Laughlin
Department Chair
Counselor PE - SR
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[email protected]

Christy Kidd
Counselor ST - Z
Make an appointment

[email protected]

LynottMari Lynott
Post-Grad Liaison
[email protected]

Gorka, JenniferJennifer Gorka
Counseling Secretary
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Safe2Tell 877-542-7233
Colorado Crisis Services, 844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255
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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.


Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).