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COUNSELING

The mission of the St. Thomas High School Counseling Department is to provide comprehensive services that support the academic achievement, collegial aspirations and mental wellness of the men of St. Thomas and foster the STH qualities of Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.

The Counseling staff takes a collaborative, student-centered approach to providing individual and group guidance. Because we are a college preparatory school, the Counseling staff specializes in guiding students through the college planning process. The goal of the Counseling staff is to advocate for our students and provide them with the tools necessary to reach their academic and personal goals.

 

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

  • Work with counselor to identify and employ effective strategies for peak academic performance
  • Take the PSAT
  • Introduction to Naviance: Learning Styles, Resume, and Goal Setting
  • Explore colleges through our College Visits

 

  • Track your continued academic growth using your GPA
  • Take the PSAT
  • Explore career options using different assessment inventories like YouScience
  • Expand your college knowledge and build your college list
  • Take the PSAT for National Merit Scholarship Qualification
  • Take the PSAT, Prepare for and take the SAT and ACT
  • Work with your counselor to develop a college application plan and finalize your college list based on match/fit factors
  • Request letters of recommendation from your teachers
  • Ensure your GPA, SAT and/or ACT are college ready
  • Apply to college with the support of your counselor using groundwork from  previous years
  • Receive support on scholarships and financial aid applications
  • Ensure that all matriculation tasks are completed for a smooth transition to college

 

 

Chelette Stephenson (B.A. Political Science, Texas A&M University; M.Ed. Counseling, Lamar University) has over 12 years of experience leading a college counseling program. For the past 6 years, she has served as the Director of College Counseling & Alumni Programs at Yes Prep-North Central where she developed a robust counseling department leading the district in college readiness scores through innovative programming, fostering college and community partnerships and supporting directors of college counseling in YES Prep district. Before YES, Chelette created and managed the college and career programs for Magnolia ISD for 6 years. Chelette is a member of NACAC and speaks at the annual conferences about the development of comprehensive counseling program with a focus on college counseling. In addition, she has been awarded the Hobsons Naviance Innovative Award for her work and has shared best practices at the annual national conference since 2008. Outside of counseling, Chelette enjoys lake life with her husband and two children, Jaden and Charleigh. Want to  meet with Mrs. Stephenson? Schedule here.

Staffany Bowman (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Houston; M.A. in Counseling, Grand Canyon University) joins St. Thomas from Texas City High School where she served as the College and Career Coordinator. At Texas City, Staffany worked extensively with scholarships developing a program that assisted students competing for collegiate level scholarships. Want to  meet with Mrs. Bowman? Schedule here.

Regina Dunford (B.A. History and Theology, Marquette University; M.Ed. in Catholic School Teaching, University of St. Thomas) joins St. Thomas from Incarnate Word Academy where she served as Academic Dean. Gina has had prior experience serving as Campus Minister and Leadership Instructor, where she coached students through distinguished leader projects and assisted students in applying for summer formal enrichment opportunities. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Catholic Educational Leadership through Saint Louis University. Want to  meet with Mrs. Dunford? Schedule here.

Thomson Ivins (B.B.A. Finance, U. of Texas, Austin; M.A. Mental Health Counseling, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX) joined St. Thomas in 2020. Thomson is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern – License No. 84042 (Supervised by Evelyn Fitzgerald, License No. #1554). As an employee of The Council on Recovery, Thomson is a full- time, embedded Choices Counselor at STH. The Choices Program provides prevention, education and treatment for high-risk behaviors as well as social-emotional therapy services for students, faculty and parents. Thomson has worked in several private practices, an addiction and trauma non-profit organization, and for Florida State University in the Career Counseling Center, providing mental health, career, and substance abuse counseling for adolescents and adults. Want to meet with Mr. Ivins? Schedule here.

Kristine Meier (B.A. Political Science and Communication, Purdue University; M.Ed. Counseling, University of St. Thomas) comes to us after 10 years with YES Prep Public Schools where she served as a teacher, Grade Level Chair, Intervention Specialist, and has spent the last 5 years as Director of College Counseling. Kristine attended Duchesne Academy and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and loves to run and work out. She is very excited to join the St. Thomas community. Want to  meet with Mrs. Meier? Schedule here.

Kim Shipman (B.A. Human Development and Psychology, Virginia Tech; M.Ed. Higher Education Administration, North Carolina State University) comes to St. Thomas from Rice University where she served as the Assistant Director for the Center for Career Development. Kim has spent time in career services working with undergraduate students as they prepare for professional lives after college. She has also worked in career services at Barton College in North Carolina and at Duke University as a public policy career services graduate assistant. She has also obtained certifications in the Myer’s-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory. Want to  meet with Mrs. Shipman? Schedule here.

Shanee Bryan (B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Black Studies, University of Missouri – Columbia; Certificate in College Counseling, University of California-Los Angeles) joins St. Thomas from St. Agnes Academy where she served as College Counselor for four years. Prior to her time at St. Agnes, Shanee spent 10 years in corporate America working in Sales, Training and Development for General Mills, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories. Shanee has been married for 21 years and her daughter is a St. Agnes alumna and a 2nd year student at University of Virginia, and her son is currently a student at Strake Jesuit. 

Marisa Waybright (B.A. Psychology and Sport Management, Rice University; M.S. Professional School Counseling Degree Candidate, Angelo State University) joins St. Thomas from YES Prep West where she served as the Director of College Counseling. Before then, she was a College Counselor, Senior and Junior Seminar teacher, and Student Opportunities Coordinator. She began her journey in education 12 years ago through Teach for America as a 7th grade English teacher at Stevenson Middle School.

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Choices Program:

The Choices Program is a high-risk behavior prevention AND treatment program that is run in conjunction with The Council on Recovery. The mission of the Choices Program is to prevent, reduce and treat high-risk behavior through a comprehensive education and counseling program involving all members of the school community including students, parents and faculty.

Each year students take an anonymous survey regarding current prevalence rates of student high-risk behavior. Choices utilizes this data to create prevention programming and treatment specifically tailored to the needs of the STH community. Education focuses on the effects of high-risk behavior on the developing adolescent brain and increasing the use of executive functioning skills. Contact Thomson Ivins at 713-864-6348 x 254 or Thomson.Ivins@sths.org. Communication is confidential.

Choices Club

 

College Resources:

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College Visit Form:

The best way to know if a college is right for you is to visit campus. Reach out to the Office of Admissions and schedule a visit (this is also a great way to show DEMONSTRATED INTEREST). Try to find weekend visits! Those are the best times so that you don’t have to miss any school. In the event that there is no other option other than to miss school for the visit you must complete the steps below at least 5 DAYS BEFORE the visit:

  • Complete this form and obtain needed signatures.
  • Return form to the Dean of Students office for approval no late than 5 days before scheduled visit.
  • After approval, email your teachers and copy your counselor and the Dean of Students Office on the email about the visit.
  • Bring form or letter from the visited college showing date of visit to the Dean’s office following the visit.

Career Resources:

Pre-College Programs and Summer Opportunities:

  • Part of a strong college application is developing a well-rounded high school student experience. To that end the Counseling Team is always updating this resource with different opportunities. Not seeing something you like? Reach out to one of our counselors for help finding and applying to a program.

AT LEAST 10 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF YOUR PLANNED COLLEGE VISIT DO THE FOLLOWING:
1. Complete this form and obtain needed signatures.
2. Return this form to the Dean of Students office for approval no later than 5 days before
the scheduled visit.
3. After approval, email your teachers and copy your counselor and the Dean of Students
Office DeanofStudentsOffice@sths.org) on the email about the visit.
4. Bring form or letter from the visited college showing date of visit to the Dean’s office
following the visit.

Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps connect St. Thomas students’ academic achievement with their post-secondary goals. Its comprehensive college and career planning solutions optimizes student success, maximizes counselor effectiveness, and tracks results for St. Thomas High School students.

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