Counseling at San Diego Virtual School

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! My name is Brittanni Powell and I am a part of the wonderful Counseling team here at San Diego Virtual School. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Biological Psychology from UCSD, and my Master’s degree in Counseling and PPS Credential from Chapman University. Our goal as Counselors is to work with each and every student and their families to help make their educational journey meaningful, productive and (most of all) enjoyable! I live in San Diego with my husband and daughter, and in our free time we enjoy going to the beach, baseball games, camping and winter sports.

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!

Marie Rutledge

Hello, my name is Mrs. Rutledge. I’m so excited to work with San Diego Virtual Schools. I have been in education since 2000 when I graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. In 2014 I obtained my Master’s Degree from National University and then in 2015 my PPS Credential in Educational School Counseling. I have been a teacher, wrote curriculum in Spanish for elementary aged students, and have been a counselor. My husband and I have six children and our free time is spent on soccer with the kids. My hobby is playing soccer, too. I’m here to help you.

Hola, mi nombre es Sra. Rutledge. Estoy súper entusiasmada de trabajar con la escuela San Diego Virtual Schools. Me gradué de la Universidad San Diego State University en el año 2000. Desde entonces he trabajado como maestra de secundaria, escribiendo matricula en español, y desde el 2015 como consejera escolar. Recibí mi maestría en Consejería Educativa en el 2014 de la escuela de National University. Mi esposo y yo tenemos 6 hijos y en nuestro tiempo libre estamos en partidos de fútbol o baloncesto. Yo También juego fútbol, como portera. Estoy para servirles.

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.