The Guidance and Intervention Team
The role of the Guidance and Intervention Team is to support students through their time in high school. They are available to help students with academic questions, social/emotional concerns, and postsecondary planning.
Ms. Anna Huerta
Ms. Huerta is entering her 37th year in education and is proud to be a counselor at Coronado. She has a son, Nicholas and a daughter, Monique who, hopefully, will be getting married this December. Her significant other’s name is Rey and their blood runs maroon and gold! Go Devils!!
Ms. Nicole Tarter
Ms. Nicole is wholeheartedly committed to the education community and believes every child can succeed. She holds a Master’s Degree from Towson University in Clinical Psychology with a focus in trauma, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from George Mason University. After obtaining her Master’s Degree, Ms. Nicole spent two years working for a non-profit organization-conducting individual and group therapy for youth and adults. She then transitioned into the education system and worked as a Special Education Teacher. Ms. Nicole is a mother of two boys and a yellow Labrador Retriever. She loves any activities that can be done outside with her family and baking in her spare time.
Ms. Julie Stephan
Mrs. Stephan has been with SUSD since 1994 and has been a proud Coronado Don since 1999. She completed her Master of Education in Secondary Science degree at Arizona State University in 2000, and a Master of Arts in School Guidance Counseling from Ottawa University in 2014. Mrs. Stephan enjoys quilting, painting, camping, fishing, traveling to far away places, singing, dancing, spending time with her family (dogs included), and she takes school spirit days very seriously.
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Joyce Sawyer -- Academic Intervention Specialist
Mrs. Sawyer works with the counseling department to ensure that all students reach their potential and ultimately reach their goal of graduation.
Mrs. Sawyer began her career as a Special Education teacher, completing both her undergraduate and Master's degree from Nazareth College. She later completed her graduate degree in Counseling from Ottawa University and a Master's degree from Grand Canyon University.
She is here to assist all students and is excited to begin this school year. Please feel free to reach out to her if you are interested in joining a support group, need academic resources or support of any kind.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Mandy Turner -- Social Worker
Office Hours: 2-3pm Monday through Friday
Ms. Mandy is originally from Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri (MIZ-ZOU!) with both a Bachelors and Master’s degree in social work. Her passion has always been working with teenagers, which she has been able to do in many various settings. She loves working inside of schools because it allows her to work with students more frequently in real time. Ms. Mandy is am a Unitown sponsor and has also sponsored Gay/Straight Alliance clubs in the past. When she is not working, she's usually hanging out with her sweet pup, Bug, who is a very energetic puggle/lab mix, at the dog park or attempting some ridiculous Crossfit lifts! She hates the heat (ironic, I know) so she mostly hangs indoors until the sun goes down!
Wondering what a school social worker does? Simply put, Ms. Mandy helps remove barriers to educational success. Check the list below to see a few of the things she does at Coronado!
- Provide Emotional Support
- Provide Family Support
- Classroom presentations when appropriate
- Participate in 504 meetings at students request
- Referrals To Community Resources
- Financial Assistance (school lunches, school supplies, transportation assistance)
- Student Support Groups
- Crisis Response
- Clothing Closet
Concerned teachers, family members, or peers may refer students to Ms. Mandy for a variety of reasons. Administrators may refer students for violation of school policy. Any student may request to be in a support group and receive emotional support at any time during the school year. The services and supports provided by the school social worker are free. Since we are in a school setting, NO CLINICAL THERAPY WILL BE PROVIDED. However, Ms. Mandy will always make every effort to collaborate with the student and their families to refer students to outside agencies that are appropriate for the students' needs. Ms. Mandy takes student confidentiality very seriously and will protect it at all costs unless the student has disclosed the desire to hurt themselves or someone else or that they are a victim of abuse or neglect.
The social worker plays an important role in helping to increase communication among home, school, and community.