The Guidance Department supports the educational mission of Sturgis Charter Public School through the provision of personal, academic, college and career counseling for students. We work in collaboration with teachers, parents and administrators to promote and enhance the development of all students.

Beginning with freshman year, the Guidance Department works with all students in accordance with grade level to deliver a relevant developmental curriculum. In the fall, we work with freshmen to build an understanding of academic expectations, and to also address regional concerns surrounding depression and suicide. Later in the year, the Guidance Department coordinates a series of optional study skills workshops, and all freshmen are introduced to the work of Myers and Briggs as we explore the implications that personality type has for learning style. During sophomore year students are introduced to college admissions testing via optional workshops regarding and an opportunity to take the PSAT; and we revisit personality type, exploring its implications for college major/career. Later in the year, the Guidance Department works in tandem with our IB Coordinator to provide opportunities for sophomores and their parents to learn more about IB curriculum options and how current students manage the demands of the program. Juniors and their parents receive support with navigating college admissions testing and the college search process, with special emphasis on assisting them in identifying colleges/universities that are a good "fit"; and our work with seniors is focused on transition, which for the vast majority of Sturgis students and parents includes assistance with the college application and financial aid processes.

The Guidance Department also plays a key role in both the identification and support of individual students who are at-risk. Counselors review the records of incoming students; monitor academic progress; connect with students and parents regarding both academic and personal concerns; may initiate or make recommendations for Student Success Plans; work in conjunction with faculty in developing Response to Intervention Plans; and, when necessary, will make recommendations for General Education Accommodations. Members of our Guidance Team are also available to consult with students, parents and outside professionals regarding the personal needs of individual students including helping students with stress management, healthy lifestyle choices, social skills, and, when warranted, referrals for therapeutic support.

Counselor Assignments:


Deb Hempel
Students with last names A – F
(508) 778-1782, extension 234
Sue Whalley
Students with last names G – Mc
(508) 778-1782, extension 231

Carol Vari
Students with last names Me – Z
(508) 778-1782, extension 230


Carla Aiello
Students with last names A – Da
(508) 771-2780, extension 403

Ron King
Students with last names De – Mc
(508) 771-2780, extension 421

Ashley Guba
Grade Me-Z
(508) 771-2780, extension 423

Stacey Locascio
Guidance Administrative Assistant for East and West
(508) 771-2780, extension 420


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