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Counseling Department

Monte Vista High School Code:   050727



The Monte Vista High School Counselors strive to assist students in achieving success in all aspects of their lives. Counselors get to know their students in grade nine and remain involved with them throughout high school, providing individual, ongoing guidance on academic, personal, extracurricular, and post-secondary options. College advising is expanded during the second half of the junior year and continues into the senior year as counselors assist students and parents in researching schools, developing a list, and making applications to appropriate colleges and universities. A full-time counselor has a counselor student ratio of 1:400 with the division based upon the first letter of a student's last name.  


A - Coh         KRISTIN TEGELER           

Coi -G           JANELLE MINCY                

H – Lep         CHRISTINA BYERS            

Leq – Oh      CHRISTY BROWN 

Oi – Sl           DAVE SOLOMON                

Sm - Z           REBECCA WIEST               

                     JESSICA GILMOUR               Student Support Counselor

Student Appointments with Counselor: 

Students may sign up to see their counselor through an on-line form which will be available after school begins.  Student drop in times are available during brunch, lunch, and/or after school.  


Parent Appointments with Counselor:  Jennifer Schikora
For parent appointments, please contact Counseling Secretary at 552-2815  


College & Career Center: Cathy Haberl, ph: 925-552-2889
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm (office closed on Fridays)


To Enroll at Monte Vista High School:  Sarah Sirota, please call 552-2816 
Please see the Registrar page for instructions and information. 


For Transcripts contact Jennifer Schikora at 552-2815 or Sarah Sirota at 552-2816




Kristin Tegeler 







Janelle Mincy
Janelle Mincy

Coi-G and 

College  Connect Students


Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA

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

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 

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 15th 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.


Christina Byers

Christina Byers  



Hometown: Fremont, CA


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!


dave solomon

Dave Solomon



Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Alma Mater: UCSD, BA in Political Science, Chapman University College, MA School Counseling PPS

What is the best part of your job: Watching the students walk the stage 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!


Rebecca Wiest

Rebecca Wiest

Sm - Z 


Hometown: Chicago, IL

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 I love to travel with my family.


Jessica Gilmour

Jessica Gilmour   

Student Support Counselor




Hometown: Moraga, CA

Alma Mater: University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Saint Mary’s College, Master of Arts in Counseling.

What is the best part of your job: I am a people person! I love meeting new people and learning more about those I already know. I also love working in an ever-changing environment. This is my second year as a MV counselor and there’s never a dull moment.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: Get involved! MV has so many clubs, organizations, sports, and class types. Try something new and discover interests!

Tell us something about you: In addition to being at MV last year, I was also a middle school counselor in another district.  I love to dance! I grew up a competitive dancer and was also on the volleyball, softball, and track teams in high school.  I love reading, yoga, doing craft projects, and being outdoors.


The Support Counselor strives to support students on a more regular basis for crisis intervention.  This role does not have a particular alphabet, nor does academic advising.