Welcome to the Fir Ridge Counseling page! As your school counselors, we are here to help you with academics/graduation, college/career goals, and social/emotional learning.
We do not discriminate on the basis of a person’s color, 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
This is Katie’s fifth year at Fir Ridge. Before becoming a school counselor Katie taught special education, math and science 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.
This is Sonya’s third year at Fir Ridge. She believes Fir Ridge is a truly special place and feels incredibly lucky to work here. The students inspire her for their courage, strength, perseverance and life experiences and perspectives. It’s a joy for her to see so many students come to Fir Ridge and achieve success as they overcome personal barriers in order to graduate.
Sonya comes from a background in dance and social work. After graduating with a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and spending several years performing modern dance in New York City, Sonya received her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. Sonya spent several years working with elementary and high school students as a school partner for various social work agencies before earning her school counseling certificate from Portland State University. She worked as a counselor at Gladstone High School for 8 years before joining the staff at Fir Ridge.
In her personal time Sonya enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also loves to read, bake, and spend as much time in nature as possible.