Counseling Staff

Students who wish to see their counselor can stop by and make an appointment, or email their counselor for an appointment before, during or after school. Parents, please email your student’s counselor if you wish to make an appointment for you and your student to meet together.

Services Available through the Counseling Center

One of the Counseling Center’s main goals is to facilitate your student’s high school years to make the experience as successful as possible. Students meet with their counselor by parent, teacher, administrator or self-referral. Your student’s counselor is available to help on many different fronts.

Academic Support - Counselors meet with students to help them select courses that meet both graduation requirements and expand on their personal interests. We also work with students who are struggling in academics by reviewing more efficient study habits and organizational skills. For students whose academic life is sometimes a little too hectic, we are happy to share some stress and time management techniques. It isn’t always easy to balance courses, activities, leadership roles, athletics, employment, and family commitments!

Personal/Social Concerns - Counselors also work with students who are dealing with relationship issues, personal concerns, academic or behavioral difficulties, or emergency situations. Counseling is short term, skill based, and goal oriented. We can also provide referrals to other professional resources such as mental health professionals, social services, special school programs, or juvenile services.

College & Post-High School Planning - Most students take advantage of the wealth of information that is available from the Counseling Center. We offer college advising, testing, scholarship and financial aid information. Our comprehensive guidance program provides classroom presentations and personal meetings, we support students in their entire application process from completing applications and securing recommendations to writing their personal statements and resumes. We also have information on two-year community colleges, apprenticeship programs, vocational and specialty colleges as well as the military.

Tesla STEM Counseling Teams page!

We encourage our students to regularly visit the Tesla STEM Counseling Teams page. Here you will find up to date info including our Tesla STEM course catalog/registration info, college research tools, past guest presentation information, financial aid information, and other helpful counseling-related topics.

Presentation: How to Succeed in Remote Learning

Recently, the Counseling Department sent out a survey to all Tesla STEM students to gauge their current needs and well-being so we could create content that was important and meaningful to our students.

The number one area that students identified they needed help in was study skills and organization. In response, we have created a presentation called “How to Succeed in Remote Learning”. We made it for both students and parents.

We hope you will enjoy this presentation and that you will take away at least one new strategy to implement into your daily school life to make remote learning easier.

Here is a link to the presentation:  LINK

After watching, please provide any feedback at the following link:  LINK 

Behavioral & Mental Health Resources for Teens

Behavioral and Mental Health, College & Career, and Academic Resources for Teens

Where to Turn for Teens: Where to Turn for Teens (WTTFTs) is a comprehensive resource guide created especially for youth in King, Pierce, and Snohomish County, covering important topics like:

·        Alcohol & Drugs

·        Dating & Domestic Violence

·        Eating Disorders

·        LGBTQIA+

·        Homelessness & Running Away

·        Suicide

·        And many more

Teen Counseling and Local Resources

Youth Eastside Services: Mental Health Counseling Focused on Youth and Families

Message From Our Tesla STEM YES Counselor, Cora Goss-Grubbs:

I am a Behavioral Health Support Specialist from Youth Eastside Services (YES) and I look forward to supporting your students for a second year!

To reach me, call (425) 747-4937, extension 2719--enter the extension any time during the greeting.  Leave a message with your name and phone number, the student's name, and a good time to call back.

A few reasons I meet with students and/or their families:

·        School-related stress and transition/adjustment issues

·        Learning challenges, such as coping with ADHD, etc.

·        Relationship difficulties including peer, parent and other family challenges

·        Depression and anxiety

·        Suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors

·        Substance use and being affected by others’ substance use

·        Behavioral and conduct problems

·        Gender Identity exploration

·        Abuse and trauma, including ongoing racialized trauma

·        Loss and grief

I have a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and I’m a Substance Use Disorder Professional in training… In my work I use a collaborative approach, and focus on student strengths and increasing their emotional awareness and capacity for solving the challenges they encounter. The services I provide are evidence-based, trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive. We might meet for just one session, or for ongoing therapy over several months, individually or in a group…I am available to work with parents, guardians, and other family members to provide parent education and support strategies, assist in resolving conflict, and make referrals to community resources.  Anxiety Canada™ is a leader in developing free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety.  

Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens 

Behavioral Health Crisis Resources

Crisis Text LineText HELLO to 741-741 

TeenLink:  866-833-6546- staffed by peers from 6 pm-9:30 pm 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255, Chat available.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Children’s Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS):  Access by calling King County Crisis Connections at 206-461-3222

Food/Housing/Living Resources

Feed Washington(206) 276 - 8322 

HopeLink Kirkland(425) 889 - 7880   
Northwest Harvest​list of foodbanks  

Community Churches - Individual churches run their own food pantries. Call church organizations nearby to see if they have a food bank. 

King County 2-1-1/Crisis ConnectionsIn addition to offering 24/7 crisis support for individuals living in King County, Crisis Connections also offers a comprehensive list of services county-wide

24-Hour Crisis Line-  (866) 427 - 4747 

§   Service referrals by phone: 211         

§   Text your home zip code to: (877) 211-9274

Academic Planning Resources

Tesla STEM Student Typical 4-year Plan

College & Career Resources

New Xello Access! Single Sign On for Xello has moved from PowerSchool to Scroll down and click the “Xello” button to log in. You should NOT need a username/password. If you are logged in to your LWSD account when you click Xello, it will automatically take you to your Xello profile to explore extensive career and college options!

The Comprehensive Guide to the College Admissions Process from NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors)

Big Future College & Career Resources

Academic Resources

Cornell Note Taking (and other advanced study strategies)

Time Management, Organization, and Motivation Resources

Conquer Test Anxiety!

Tame Procrastination!

Teacher Office Hours: Our Best Resource!

We encourage all of our students to begin practicing using teacher office hours in high school. This is a crucial skill for students to learn before college when professor office hours are a valuable resource. Our students who get comfortable discussing course material and getting clarification on assignments during teacher office hours,   transition easily to the  Your teachers are there to help you! Remember, if you already knew all the material in the class, YOU would be the teacher! Learning how to ask for help is one of the most important skills as an emerging academic scholar!

Benefits of office hours include:

+ Get questions answered about homework
+ Clarify lecture material
+ Clarify expectations and due dates
+ Get tips about how to improve study techniques specific to the subject
+ Determine if you may make up incomplete or missing work
+ Plan ahead for future assignments/tests
+ Learn how to break down big projects into smaller, more manageable chunks
+ Build strong, positive relationships with your teachers by showing you are invested in their classes