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. Nicole Tarter

Ms. Nicole Tarter

  • Counselor (U-Z 9-10, A-Z 12)

    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.

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Ms. Arielle Shinder

  • Counselor (A-Z, 11th) 

    Ms. Arielle is joining Coronado High School this school year as a counselor to our 11th grade students. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Academic Advisement from Kansas State University in 2009, a Master of Education Degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2007. Ms. Shinder grew up on the East Coast at the Jersey Shore and worked for 10+ years in College Admissions and Academic Advising. She moved to Arizona (her 2nd stint here in the Valley of the Sun) from New York City in March 2020 and worked as a school counselor in Queen Creek, AZ before transitioning to Coronado this school year. She is thrilled to be here and is looking forward to meeting more of the student body and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mystery novels and you can often find her playing tennis all over the valley.

Ms. Julie Stephan

Mrs. Julie Stephan

  • Counselor (I-T, 9-10)

    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 palces, singing, dancing, and spending time with her family (dogs included), and takes school spirit days very seriously. 

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Ms. Anna Huerta

  • Counselor (A-H 9-10)

    (Hablo Español)

    Ms. Huerta is entering her 38th year in education and is proud to be a counselor at Coronado. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from ASU with certification in Counseling, Special Education and P.E. She enjoys working out, swimming and doing DIY projects to her house.  She has a son, Nicholas and a daughter, Monique.  Her significant other’s name is Rey and their blood runs maroon and gold! Go Devils!!



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Joyce Sawyer -- Academic Intervention Specialist

Academic Specialist (N-Z, Seniors & 11th graders by referral only)

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.


The Guidance Team

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