San Diego Virtual School is an online educational platform for middle school and high school students. San Diego Virtual School provides education to help students with unique lifestyles and scheduling complications get the education necessary to succeed in their studies. We understand that not every student has the same ability to attend school at specific hours and that some students are more effective at learning outside of traditional learning methods. San Diego Virtual School was created to answer that need and provide families and students with new opportunities to receive education.
We have put together a San Diego school counseling staffing team to assist students and their parents with the educational journey they go through during middle school and high school years. Each virtual school counselor is capable of assisting students through planning their academic years as well as making educational choices for additional schooling and life beyond high school.
Learn more about each online counselor in San Diego Virtual School below. You’ll get to know a little more about each counselor, they roles throughout the school, their educational upbringing, and more.
Heidi Bridges: Science Teacher/College and Career Counselor
My name is Mrs. Bridges and I am the science teacher as well as the college and careers counselor at San Diego Virtual School. I have a single subject credential in Environmental Science from UC Santa Barbara, a teaching credential from the University of Maine at Orono, and a college and career counseling certificate from UC San Diego. I love being a teacher and partnering with my students in their educational journey.
Brittanni Powell: School Counselor
Hello all! My name is Brittanni Powell and I am so excited to be the new School Counselor here at San Diego Virtual School! I completed my Bachelor’s at UCSD in Psychology, and earned my Masters in Counseling and PPS Credential in Counseling from Chapman University in 2012. I love working with students from all walks of life and am looking forward to meeting all of you! I have lived in San Diego for most of my life and love spending time outdoors. In our free time, you can find my husband and I at the beach, at a Padres/Chargers game, camping or snowboarding up in the Sierras.
Jennifer Calderon-Mendenhall: School Counselor
Hello! My name is Mrs. Calderon-Mendenhall and I am the new School Counselor for the Chula Vista site. I completed my bachelors degree in Social Work at San Diego State University and then went on to complete my Master’s degree in a dual major program in Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling at California State University, Northridge. I have worked in schools and the community for the past 10 years and I am excited to be a part of the team at SDVS. I look forward to meeting and supporting all students, so please stop by and introduce yourself.
Clinton McVay: School Counselor
Hello my name is Mr. McVay and I am proud to join the San Diego Virtual School Counseling team. I obtained a bachelor’s of arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology from San Diego State University. I then went on to receive my Master’s Degree in School Counseling and PPS credential from Azusa Pacific University. Over the last 7 years I have worked with students from San Diego Schools on College and Career Guidance, helping them develop goals for life after high school. I look forward to assisting our amazing students reach their goals. In my free time I enjoy watching and playing sports, paddle board out on the San Diego Bay and spending time with family and friends. Please let me know how I can help assist you in reaching your dreams!
Major Roles of a School Counselor
At the very core, a virtual school counselor in San Diego is responsible for helping students get through their school year, make well informed education choices, and prepare them for their academic career for the many years to follow – through middle school, high school, and college.
In most school systems, you’ll see that their school counselor aims at covering the following major roles to help students succeed. Our online counselor in San Diego Virtual School also emphasizes the following roles. We want to provide all of our students with the tools and guidance they need to succeed.
Core Curriculum Planning
Counselors work with students one-on-one to ensure that all of the state required curriculum is being met as part of their lessons and studies. While students have freedom to choose their electives, certain classes must be completed in order for them to graduate into the next grade.
Readiness for College and/or Career
Counselors are also important for helping students plan for the additional education they will need to pursue higher education or specific careers that they are interested in. The earlier students can start with their planning, the more time they will have to prepare.
Student Planning for Personal and Social Goals
It can be especially hard for students who learn online to find social connections with other students and their peer group. Counselors from San Diego Virtual School will work closely with each student to help them meet other children around their age group and that share similar interests. Counselors can help them look for and plan activities around their interests, develop personal goals, and more.
The virtual school counselor in San Diego Virtual School aims to equip every student with the knowledge they need to lead successful academic years, prepare them for career and education beyond high school, as well as provide them guidance in areas of life that they need assistance with. Give us a call to learn more about our team of school counselors and how they can help your child succeed academically, socially, and more.