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Counselor Bios

Name: Connie A. Weinkauf Iglesias

Email: ciglesias@srvusd.net                     

Phone: 925-552-2803

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Your Hometown: Pacifica, Ca

Your Alma Mater:  Saint Mary’s College, Bachelors of Psychology, minor in Spanish & Chapman University, Masters in Counseling, PPS

What is the best part of your job:  The best part of my job is being forded the opportunity to help shape and guide students today in preparation for their futures.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: Work hard, don’t take the easy way out.  Challenge yourself, and reach for the moon, be kind and gracious and make a positive difference in someone else’s life.  Be courageous and take the road less traveled and sit by someone new at lunch.

Tell us something about you:  In my former life I was a 3 sport college athlete and a high school Spanish teacher.  Today, I am a family and community oriented person and I am excited to be a part of the MV community.  I enjoy spending time with my sons, everything outdoors and being a lifelong learner!

Name: Janelle Mincy

Email: jmincy@srvusd.net

Phone: 925-552-2837

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Your Hometown: East Bay Native

Your Alma Mater: Undergrad, CSU Chico. BA in Child Development Grad School: St. Mary College, MA in Counseling PPS and MFTI

What is the best part of your job:  I love my job.  I always wanted to be a counselor and work with teenagers and absolutely love what I do.  I enjoy getting to know my students and helping them navigate high school and the ups and downs to being a teenager J

Tips for success at Monte Vista:  Ask questions, use a planner, and get involved.  Validate what you hear on and off campus.   Be yourself!

Tell us something about you:  I am a 3rd generation educator (It’s in my blood)!  This is my 11th year at MV.  Prior to this I was a: middle school counselor, high school teacher, and swim coach.  Outside of MV, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, running, and taking advantage of everything Tahoe has to offer.

Name: Christina Byers  

Email: cbyers@srvusd.net


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Your Hometown: Fremont, CA

Your Alma Mater: University of San Francisco (Undergrad) & St. Mary’s College (Grad School)

What is the best part of your job: I really enjoy supporting students and families as they navigate through the academic, social and emotional aspects of high school.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: MVHS is a larger school, therefore the more you can get involved and create connection in clubs, music, sports, etc. the more well-rounded and enjoyable your high school experience can be.

Tell us something about you: I played soccer for USF. Go Dons!

Name: Dave Solomon

Email: dsolomon@srvusd.net

Phone: 925-552-2864

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Your Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Your Alma Mater: UCSD

What is the best part of your job: Getting hugs at graduation

Tips for success at Monte Vista: Stay on top of assignments, utilize resources on campus, don’t be afraid to ask for help and always remember to breathe!

Tell us something about you: I love bowling and I am a devoted NY Mets fan!

Name: Rebecca Wiest

Email: rwiest@srvusd.net           

Phone: 925-552-2824

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Your Hometown: Chicago, IL

Your Alma Mater: Arizona State University, Bachelors in Human Communication and DePaul University, Masters in Counseling

What is the best part of your job: Working with teenagers every day and helping them to make the most of their high school career as they transition into college and beyond.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: We have an amazing staff and campus here with tons of resources. Take advantage of all MV has to offer and ask questions!

Tell us something about you: I worked as a Counselor at a large urban high school in Chicago for 5 years before moving to California and joining the MV counseling team in 2013. I am an avid runner and love to travel all over the world.


Name: Erin Aviles      

Email: eaviles@srvusd.net

Phone: 925-552-2805



Your Hometown: I don’t really have a hometown – I moved a lot as a kid, both within the US and internationally. I’m what they call a 3rd culture kid.

Your Alma Mater: University of Minnesota: BA in political science with a minor in women’s studies; Saint Mary’s College: MA in Counseling with emphases in School Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy

What is the best part of your job: I love being a safe person with whom young folks can express themselves and be vulnerable, because the things they say when they feel comfortable and accepted are amazing, funny, clever, and often incredibly insightful.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: As someone who has adapted to many different environments throughout my life, I would advise kids to find a club or an activity they enjoy and make a little community for themselves. Human connection balances out the stress and pressure of high school. Grades are important, but it’s still necessary to have some fun, and often the best memories and/or skills are created outside the classroom.

Tell us something about you: It’s hard to find time for hobbies right now with a full-time job and a young son, but when I can, I love to do yoga, read, and explore the Bay Area. I’m also really interested in neuroscience and neuropsychology. I’m fascinated with how the biological processes going on in our brains affect our emotions and behaviors.


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