MVMS School Counseling


What is the role of a School Counselor?

School Counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program. School Counselors work to maximize student success, promoting access and equity for all students. As vital members of the school leadership team, School Counselors create a school culture of success for all.

School counselors help all students:

  • apply academic achievement strategies
  • manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills
  • plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, work force)

Learn more about the school counselor's role in general and why middle school counseling is so important.

At MVMS, School Counselors meet with students individually, they teach classroom lessons on social-emotional learning and career development, assist with course planning, are a part of the school's Response to Intervention team, and plan school-wide programs to support PUSD's mission of Creating Culture and Conditions to Empower World-Class Learners.

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What's happening in Counseling: Spring 2022

  • SEL Lessons in all 7th grade classrooms
  • Course selection for current 6th and 7th graders
  • 8th grade transition to high school
  • lunch time groups for wellness & healthy relationships
  • 3rd No Place for Hate lesson
  • Career exploration in 8th grade

Your Student has the Right to Confidentiality

Students can have a private or confidential conversation with their School Counselor, unless they disclose a concern for their safety or the safety of another student or adult. If a student wants to talk about a peer relationship or an academic concern, for example, Counselors do not need to notify parents. Many times, we do request permission from students to share our conversation with a parent, teacher, or peer to better navigate through stressors and problem solve.

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How can Students and Parents Access the School Counselors?

Students can drop in to the Eagle Center before school, at lunch, and after school. They can email us to request a meeting or complete a Request Form in the Eagle Center. If there is an urgent concern, students can ask their teacher for a pass during class.

During the school day, our #1 priority is working with students.

Parents, please email or call us to schedule a phone, Zoom, or in-person appointment.

Meet the Eagle Center Team

Mrs. Marcotte (Last Names A - G)

Lisa Marcotte is returning to Mesa Verde for her 5th year and 7th year in PUSD. Lisa has had a love for school counseling for many years and is beginning her 21st year as a School Counselor. Her first 14 years of school counseling were in her hometown in northern Ca, Yuba City. Lisa earned her bachelor’s degree at California State University of Long Beach and her Master’s degree from California State University of Sacramento. Lisa lives in Poway with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with friends and family far and near, remodeling her home, and gardening (or at least attempting to keep plants alive). Lisa enjoys working with middle school students because they are inquisitive, enthusiastic, and the best!

Mrs. Huppert (Last Names H - O)

This is Mrs. Huppert’s 23rd year as a School Counselor in Poway Unified. Beth has been a high school Counselor (Mt. Carmel), middle school counselor (Black Mountain and Bernardo Heights) and an elementary counselor (most recently at Chaparral). Beth grew up on eastern Long Island in New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania. Beth attended National University for her Masters in Educational Counseling and has also received her Administrative Credential. She is married with two wonderful daughters at Westview and has been a 18 year resident of Rancho Penasquitos. The Hupperts also love the beach and camping. She has been a co-leader for her daughters’ Girl Scout troops for nearly 10 years. Beth loves working with middle schoolers and feels blessed to have the best job in the world!

Mrs. Snow (Last Names P - Z)

Brooke Snow is beginning her 15th year as a School Counselor and her 7th year at MVMS. Brooke grew up in Ohio and earned a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Otterbein University. She then fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to San Diego where she earned a Master's degree in Counseling from the University of San Diego. Brooke previously worked at Point Loma High School in San Diego Unified before joining MVMS in 2015. Brooke lives in Escondido with her husband and their 16 year old cat. She is an avid reader, loves to be outdoors exploring all San Diego has to offer, spending time with her niece and nephew, and volunteering with Frosted Faces senior dog rescue. Brooke is a diehard sports fan who loves to cheer for her Ohio sports teams as well as the LA Kings. She enjoys working with middle school students because they are curious, fun, and always changing!

If you see something, say something

As part of Poway Unified’s ongoing efforts to improve school safety and security, we have been sharing this “See Something, Say Something” public service announcement with many of our students. But this message applies to our parents and community members as well: help spread the word by watching and sharing this video so that we have as many eyes and ears out there working to keep our students and staff safe from threats. Save the tip line number in your phone: 844-787-3847. Special thanks to our law enforcement partners who participated in this PSA and continue to monitor the tip line and investigate any threats.

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