The PHS Counseling staff is available to support students academically, socially/emotionally, and with post-secondary planning during the remote learning period.  Counselors will be available during typical school hours from 7:30am to 2:45pm, Monday through Friday, via email and Google Hangouts.  A confirmation email will be sent, and your counselor will initiate a Google Hangout at the time of the appointment. Please be logged in at the scheduled time.  Feel free to contact your counselor via email.

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UC Health - I'm sTill Standing, Parent Support Through the Corona Virus, Join us virtually for an interactive talk/discussion let by Drs. Scott Cypers & Amy Lopez to help parents feel less alone and overwhelmed during these times.  Thursdays, Until Social Distancing is Done 8pm to 8:15pm

Every Thursday, Until Social Distancing id Done
8:00pm to 9:15pm

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

Maggie KneppMaggie Knepp
Counselor Coo - G

Diane Guidroz-FredericksDiane Guidroz-Fredericks
Counselor H - Led

Erin WilliamsErin Williams
Counselor Lee - On

Alicia LaughlinAlicia Laughlin
Counselor Oo - SL

PHS LogoChristy Kidd
Counselor Sm - Z

Misty MurphyMisty Murphy
Postgraduate Liaison

Stephanie LudwickStephanie Ludwick
Administrative Asst. to Counseling

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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