John Lucente, Counselor
Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade A-C
Exchange Student Counselor
Crisis Response Rep
John has been at OCHS since 2005. Prior to that he taught in Hawaii for nearly 20 years. John has taught everything from p.e. to health to science to math to social studies classes at the middle and high school levels. Additionally, he coached wrestling, football. baseball, track and basketball at the varsity levels. He is married and has two girls, Emily who is 15 years old and Sarah who is 12 years old. John obtained his counseling license from Lewis and Clark. He is proud to be a counselor at the best high school in the state, OCHS.
Brandon Coupe, Counselor
Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade D-Hop
CCC Partnership Rep
College Field Trip Coordinator
College Night(s) Coordinator
Brandon graduated from the University of Portland with a BA in Psychology, and later received his Masters degree in School Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland. He is new to OCHS this year, but has 15 years of experience as a school counselor having worked at both Edgewood High School near Baltimore, Maryland from 2001 to 2005, and then at Centennial High School in Gresham from 2005 to 2016. He enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and his two kids, likes to travel, and he loves attending both Minor and Major League Baseball games during the summer.
Teresa Kaufman, Counselor
Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade Hoq-Mon
Teresa graduated from University of California at Riverside with a BA in Psychology. She then worked for a mental health agency where she helped at risk youth affected by drugs and alcohol. She later received her MS degree in School Counseling from San Diego State University. Teresa is proud to have worked for Oregon City School District as a school counselor since 2003. In her spare time she enjoys music, art, and above all, spending time with her husband and toddler.
Melissa Corwin, Counselor
Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade: Moo-Sc
Naviance & Family Connection Coordinator/Site Manager
Melissa graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Human Development and Psychology. She then later received her Master's degree in School Counseling from George Fox University. Additionally, Melissa has worked with at risk youth and in international adoption. Melissa is proud to have worked at OCHS since 2009. She enjoys photography, music, traveling, and especially spending time with her husband and two boys.
Brooke Zalewski, Counselor
Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade Se-Z
ELL Partnership Coordinator
Site Team & Community Outreach Rep
Financial Aid Night & FAFSA Labs
Brooke was the intern last year and is excited to be back this year as a full time school counselor. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in art. Last year while interning she received her Master's degree in School Counseling from George Fox University. Additionally Brooke has experience working with at-risk students and coaching volleyball. Brooke is a dog mom to a sweet yellow lab and loves to spend her free time reading, painting, going to live music venues, and hiking with her husband.
Rachel Kanui, Registrar
Rachel started working at OCHS during the Spring of 2016. She earned her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Paralegal studies and recent experience has been working for the defense in personal injury and construction defect type cases. Her past experiences include management, liability insurance litigation, workers compensation litigation, and environmental construction. Rachel enjoys family vacations, camping, and spending time with her husband, two kids and lab puppy.
Vona Winter, Counseling Secretary
College Visit Coordinator
CCC Skills Competition
Role of the School Counselor
Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
(American School Counseling Association, 2013)
The mission of OCSD Counseling Department is to maximize the potential of all students by ensuring their academic, career, and personal/social development. These efforts are designed to equitably help all students become responsible members of society.
Oregon City School District believes that the Comprehensive School Counseling Program is an essential and integral component of each and every student’s educational experience. The ultimate goal of the Comprehensive School Counseling Program is that each student will graduate with the personal, academic, career-related skills and knowledge to be able to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions. This implementation acknowledges that school counseling is a program coordinated with other educators and community partners incorporating a comprehensive curriculum.
The OCSD counseling program, when fully implemented will provide:
- A school-counseling program that reaches the needs of all of the students.
- The school-counseling program utilizes data to evaluate the program and create preventative components.
- Identification and achievement of student competencies and outcomes through the school-counseling program.
- Advocate for the equity, access, and success of every student.