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Your High School Counselors

Every high school student in NVUSD is assigned an experienced counselor. Counselors assist students in selecting courses, planning their schedules, and planning for graduation, college, careers and financial aid. Because planning processes and options change continuously, it is imperative that students and parents meet with the student's counselor. 


Napa High New Technology High Valley Oak High Vintage High

Mark DeMesa
9th Grade 


Tricia Hernandez
10th Grade 


Lilliana Zmed

11th Grade 



Vanna Som
12th Grade 


Mayra Becerra
9th Grade mbecerra@nvusd.org


Stefanie LaMarca 
10th Grade



Rafael Ayala
11th Grade 



Maricela Lopez-Soto
10th Grade mlopez@nvusd.org


Ana Andrilla 
AVID, ELD, Senior Specialist


Lupe Martinez-Ramirez


Anne Vallerga

Road to Success

Post-high school plans


Amy Martenson


Cindy Johnson
9th Grade 


Matt Eustice
10th Grade 


Kathleen Brainerd
11th Grade 



Norma Magdaleno
12th Grade 


Kelli Watkins
College & Career/
Intervention Specialist


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Pearls of Wisdom...

My advice to students is to allow themselves to have options. I always advise my students to apply to 9 post-secondary institutions: 

  • 3 "Safe" Schools- schools they can get into
  • 3 "Stretch" Schools- schools they really like but may have a higher GPA /test score requirements
  • 3 private or out of state schools.

All of these schools should offer the degree they are seeking and hopefully are leaders in their major!  Also, students should look at the universities' graduation rates and job placement rates.

Students who follow this advise usually get offers to several universities.  Applying broad and wide is important in keeping options open! At the end of their senior year, if the student decides to attend a community college it will be because it is a "Choice" NOT the only choice they have.

-- Guadalupe Martinez, New Tech HS Counselor