Fir Ridge Campus Counseling
Welcome to the Fir Ridge Counseling page! As your school counselors, we are here to help you with classes, graduation planning, college and career goals, and personal/social issues.
We do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.
Our School Counselors
Phone: 503-256-6530 ext. 8102
Before becoming a school counselor Katie taught special education for seven years at an alternative high school in Oakland, California. Katie’s heart is truly in alternative education, where she has seen countless students find success in a smaller, more supportive environment. Before becoming a counselor Katie studied Geology at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA and then worked as an Environmental Geologist for several years on the east coast. After deciding to move into education she attended San Francisco State University and then Lewis & Clark College for her master’s degree.
Katie loves working at Fir Ridge, where students inspire her every single day with their incredible stories of strength, determination, and resilience. It is a joy and an honor to bear witness to students overcoming academic and personal barriers to meet their goal of graduating high school.
Text or call: 503-256-6530 ext. 8187
Before she became a school counselor she taught Dual Language at an elementary school for four years in Vancouver Washington. She received her first master’s degree in Teaching at Lewis and Clark College. Last year, she was a bilingual high school counselor through a charter school in Gresham School District. The past year she has been working on her second master’s degree in Counseling and receiving her licensure as a Qualified Mental Health Professional at Lewis and Clark College.
Before she became a teacher, she received her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon as well as studied abroad in Mexico. She became proficient in Spanish as a social services intern and pottery instructor at El Museo de Queretaro. Her heart is in supporting students with their social-emotional development and ensuring they feel welcomed in their school environment.
She enjoys working at Fir Ridge Campus since it has provided her with an opportunity for growth through learning from new experiences with students and staff. She loves to witness students develop the characteristics of being self-advocates, persistent, and consistent. She enjoys bridging the gap between language and culture within the school community.