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Counseling Department

Click here to be directed to Monte Vista's Remote Counseling page where you can find all up-to-date information and social/emotional resources for the duration of the school closure. 

Be well, Mustangs.

MVHS Counseling Dept. 


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.  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 it provide academic advising.


A – Coh                                  KRISTIN TEGELER         

Coi –G                                    JANELLE MINCY                

H – Lep                                  CHRISTINA BYERS           

Leq – Oh                                CHRISTY BROWN

Oi – Sl                                    DAVE SOLOMON

Sm – Z                                   REBECCA WIEST

Support Counselor                JESSICA GILMOUR 

Student Appointments with Counselor: 

Students may sign up to visit remotely with their counselor via email.  

Parent Appointments with Counselor:  Jennifer Schikora
There are no onsite visitors to campus at this time.  For parent appointments, please email Counselor directly.  

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   

Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA

Your Alma Mater: UC Davis, Bachelor of Science in Human Development; Saint Mary’s College of CA, Master of Arts in Counseling with PPS

What is the best part of your job: No day is the same and every student is so unique! I especially enjoy working with students as they make decisions about college and life after high school.  It is an exciting time for high school students and I am thankful to be a part of the journey.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: Find something to be grateful for every day. Learn to prioritize. Get involved on campus and choose extracurriculars, electives, and colleges that suit your authentic interests.

Tell us something about you: In 2012, I was a counseling intern at MVHS and am excited to return as a full time Counselor. While in college, I studied abroad in Italy and have loved traveling the world ever since.  When not counseling or traveling, I enjoy visiting colleges across the U.S., reading books at coffee shops, cooking for others, being outdoors, and spending time with my husband. 


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)!  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  



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!

Christy Brown

Leq – Oh



Alma Mater: Washington State University (BA in English Literature), John F. Kennedy University (MA in Consciousness Studies), St. Mary’s College (Teaching Credential), & Brandman University (MA in School Counseling). 

What is the best part of your job: As a former teacher who had to manage the classroom and discipline students, the best part of being a counselor is that I don't have to do that anymore; I get to be someone who listens and who is just here to support others.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: There are so many resources available to you and people here who want to help you succeed--make sure you make use of them and reach out!

Tell us something about you: Something a lot of people don't know about me is that I have a certificate in Dream Studies and a Master's in Consciousness Studies in addition to my teaching and counseling credentials. I love learning! I am particularly interested in Eastern Philosophy and am also a certified Yoga instructor.



Dave Solomon

Oi - Sl




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

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   

Student Support





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.