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Counseling Staff

Brea Olinda High School seeks to provide rigorous and relevant curriculum, instruction, and guidance support services.

We want all students to graduate, not only knowing about, but also taking advantage of the opportunities available to them for college and/or career.  

BOHS has an extensive listing of academic and career pathway courses and award-winning teachers to deliver them.  

Our staff works together to foster student success, making meaningful and lasting relationships with our students.  

Our motto is "Student support is our business."

 
 

Contact Information

Meet your Counselors
 
Mr. Rob Stelmar
Co-Lead Counselor
(A - E)
rstelmar@bousd.us
714.990.7850 x 1213
Mrs. Becky Marchant
Co-Lead Counselor
(Le - Re)
bmarchant@bousd.us
714.990.7850 x 1211
Mrs. Kim Kessel
Counselor
(F - La)
kkessel@bousd.us
714.990.7850 x 1212
Mrs. Jennifer Cormier
Counselor
(Rh - Z)
jcormier@bousd.us
714.990.7850 x 1210
Mrs. Megan Jansen
Counselor
(Rh - Z)
mjansen@bousd.us
714.990.7850 x 1208
Mrs. Elizabeth McDonald
Counselor
9th Grade 
bmcdonald@bousd.us
714.990.7850 x 1209
 
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Mrs. Mirna Graciarena
Administrative Assistant/Counseling
mgraciarena@bousd.us
714.990.7850 x 1214

Counseling Fax - 714.529.2732
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions

 1.  As a student, how can I schedule a meeting with my counselor?

To schedule a STUDENT only meeting with your counselor, you may come to the counseling office outside of class time to pick up an appointment card.  The form is self-explanatory.  

  • Stop by the Counseling Office before school, at break or lunch, or after school to make an appointment.  Again, do not come during class time!

  • Let the Counseling Secretary know what your need is.

  • The Counseling Secretary will give you an appointment card to complete to put on your counselors' door. (White Slip)

  • Before you leave class for your appointment make sure you get your teacher’s permission and have them initial your pass and record the time.

  • Check in with the Counseling Secretary before seeing your counselor.  

2.  How can my parent make a parent appointment with my counselor?

If you would like to schedule an appointment with your students’ counselor for information regarding your students’ schedule, college or any other issues that you would like to communicate with the counselor, please call the Counseling Secretary at x 1214. The Counseling Secretary will be happy to accommodate your request for your appointment if the availability of the counselors' schedule is open. 

3.  What do I do if my counselor is unavailable when I need to talk to him/her?

If your counselor is unavailable, you make an appointment using the appointment card and explain what you want to discuss. (See above)

If it is an emergency please let the Counseling Secretary or another office staff member know.  There are other counselors available who may be able to help you immediately.  The Counseling Secretary will help you find someone to whom you can talk.

OUR COUNSELORS ARE THE BEST IN THE NATION!

Nationally Recognized American School Counselors Association Model Program
Since 2003 

2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016

(Note:  BOHS is the only school in the nation that has been recognized five consecutive times in ASCA's)

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The Brea Olinda High School Guidance Department will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in New Orleans, La. The schools will be honored on July 11 for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.

 The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.  More than 600 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program’s inception.

 Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director, and RAMP coordinator said this year’s recipients are to be commended for their dedication to serving all students and demonstrating how effective school counseling programs can make a difference in students’ lives.

 “This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” Cook said. “This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for excellence.”

 This is the fifth consecutive 3-year RAMP recognition for the BOHS Guidance Department since 2003.  With this latest recognition, the BOHS Guidance Department is currently the only high school in the nation to be honored as a Recognized ASCA Model Program five times.

 “The Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) community is so proud of the services provided by our Guidance Department and we salute them for their well-deserved recognition,” said Brea Olinda High School Principal Jerry Halpin. “BOHS counselors strive to improve services every day for students, staff, and the community--being recognized as the only high school in the country with this recognition for the fifth time is truly remarkable!”

 RAMP applications are reviewed once a year by a panel of school counseling professionals who assess school counseling program in 12 different areas of program expertise.

About ASCA

The American School Counselor Association (www.schoolcounselor.org) is a worldwide nonprofit organization based in Alexandria, Va. Founded in 1952, ASCA supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they not only achieve success in school but are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. The association provides professional development, publications, and other resources, research, and advocacy to school counselors around the globe.
Brea Olinda High School (BOHS) is the only comprehensive high school in the Brea Olinda Unified School District and serves the community of Brea.  Home to approximately 1850 students, the school celebrates its diverse student body.  BOHS is known for excellence in academics, activities, arts, and athletics.  BOHS was one of only three schools in Orange County to be recognized as a 2011 California Distinguished School for consistently meeting federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) growth targets. 

Looking Back Before Looking Forward
 
On June 13th, over 100 Brea Olinda High School seniors took a walk down memory lane and had the opportunity to go back to the beginning of their academic journey by visiting their elementary schools.

Graduates visited former teachers, toured their elementary school campuses, and gave a little glimpse into the future to current elementary students.

It was SUCH a fun day and we hope to make this a longstanding BOUSD tradition! A special THANK YOU to BOHS Co-Lead Counselor Rob Stelmar for working so hard to organize such a great day for our students and staff.

School Counseling
office hours 

7:00 am - 3:15 pm

 Student Enrollment hours

7:30 am to 10:30 am

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

School Counseling Office Phone & Fax Numbers

Phone:

 714.990.7850  x1214

Fax:  

 714.529.2732

BREA OLINDA HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT RECEIVES RAMP DESIGNATION!!

Brea Olinda High School Counseling Department Receives RAMP Designation

For immediate release – April 15, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – The Brea Olinda High School Guidance Department will receive the Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation during a special ceremony at the American School Counselor Association’s annual conference in New Orleans, La. The schools will be honored on July 11 for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs.

The RAMP designation, awarded to schools that align with the criteria set in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.  More than 600 schools have been designated as RAMP since the program’s inception.

Jill Cook, ASCA assistant director and RAMP coordinator, said this year’s recipients are to be commended for their dedication to serving all students and demonstrating how effective school counseling programs can make a difference in students’ lives.

“This year’s RAMP honorees have shown their commitment to students and the school counseling profession,” Cook said. “This designation distinguishes these schools and encourages school counselors nationwide to continue to strive for excellence.”