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Counseling Department

Monte Vista High School Code:   050727

The Monte Vista High School Counselors strive to assist students in achieving success in all aspects of their lives. Counselors get to know their students in grade nine and remain involved with them throughout high school, providing individual, ongoing guidance on academic, personal, extracurricular, and post-secondary options. College advising is expanded during the second half of the junior year and continues into the senior year as counselors assist students and parents in researching schools, developing a list, and making applications to appropriate colleges and universities. A full-time counselor has a counselor student ratio of 1:500 with the division based upon the first letter of a student's last name.  


Student Support Counselor:  Jessica Gilmour                                        

The Support Counselor strives to support students on a more regular basis for crisis intervention.  This role does not have a particular alphabet, nor does academic advising.


Student Appointments with Counselor: 

Students may request an appointment with their counselor by signing up in the counseling office. Student drop in times are available during brunch, lunch, and/or after school.  


Parent Appointments with Counselor:  Jennifer Schikora
For parent appointments, please contact Counseling Secretary at 552-2815  


College & Career Center: Cathy Haberl, ph: 925-552-2889

Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm (office closed on Fridays)


To Enroll at Monte Vista High School:  Sarah Sirota, please call 552-2816 
Please see the Registrar page for instructions and information. 


For transcripts contact Jennifer Schikora at 552-2815 or Sarah Sirota at 552-2816


Connie Iglesias

Connie A. Weinkauf Iglesias


Phone: 925-552-2803
Off Site on Wednesday 

Hometown: Pacifica, Ca

Alma Mater:  Saint Mary’s College, Bachelors of Psychology, minor in Spanish & Chapman University, Masters in Counseling, PPS

What is the best part of your job:  The best part of my job is being forded the opportunity to help shape and guide students today in preparation for their futures.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: Work hard, don’t take the easy way out.  Challenge yourself, and reach for the moon, be kind and gracious and make a positive difference in someone else’s life.  Be courageous and take the road less traveled and sit by someone new at lunch.

Tell us something about you:  In my former life I was a 3 sport college athlete and a high school Spanish teacher.  Today, I am a family and community oriented person and I am excited to be a part of the MV community.  I enjoy spending time with my sons, everything outdoors and being a lifelong learner!


Janelle Mincy
Janelle Mincy

Con-I and 

College  Connect Students


Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA

Your Alma Mater: Undergrad, CSU Chico. BA in Child Development; Grad School: St. Mary College, MA in Counseling PPS and MFTI

What is the best part of your job:  I love my job.  I always wanted to be a counselor and work with teenagers and absolutely love what I do.  I enjoy getting to know my students and helping them navigate high school and the ups and downs to being a teenager 

Tips for success at Monte Vista:  Ask questions, use a planner, and get involved.  Validate what you hear on and off campus.   Be yourself!

Tell us something about you:  I am a 3rd generation educator (It’s in my blood)!  This is my 15th year at MV.  Prior to this I was a: middle school counselor, high school teacher, and swim coach.  Outside of MV, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, running, and taking advantage of everything Tahoe has to offer.


Christina Byers

Christina Byers  


Off Site on Fridays

Hometown: Fremont, CA


Alma Mater: University of San Francisco (Undergrad) & St. Mary’s College (Grad School)


What is the best part of your job: I really enjoy supporting students and families as they navigate through the academic, social and emotional aspects of high school.


Tips for success at Monte Vista: MVHS is a larger school, therefore the more you can get involved and create connection in clubs, music, sports, etc. the more well-rounded and enjoyable your high school experience can be.


Tell us something about you: I played soccer for USF. Go Dons!


dave solomon

Dave Solomon

McGu - R


Hometown: Westfield, NJ

Alma Mater: UCSD

What is the best part of your job: Watching the student graduate from high school

Tips for success at Monte Vista: Stay on top of assignments, utilize resources on campus, don’t be afraid to ask for help and always remember to breathe!

Tell us something about you: I love bowling and I am a devoted NY Mets fan!


Rebecca Wiest

Rebecca Wiest

S-Z 925-552-2824


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Alma Mater: Arizona State University, Bachelors in Human Communication and DePaul University, Masters in Counseling

What is the best part of your job: Working with teenagers every day and helping them to make the most of their high school career as they transition into college and beyond.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: We have an amazing staff and campus here with tons of resources. Take advantage of all MV has to offer and ask questions!

Tell us something about you: I worked as a Counselor at a large urban high school in Chicago for 5 years before moving to California and joining the MV counseling team in 2013. I am an avid runner and love to travel all over the world.


Jessica Gilmour

Jessica Gilmour   

Support Counselor



Hometown: Moraga, CA

Alma Mater: University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Saint Mary’s College, Master of Arts in Counseling.

What is the best part of your job: I am a people person! I love meeting new people and learning more about those I already know. I also love working in an ever-changing environment. This is my second year as a MV counselor and there’s never a dull moment.

Tips for success at Monte Vista: Get involved! MV has so many clubs, organizations, sports, and class types. Try something new and discover interests!

Tell us something about you: In addition to being at MV last year, I was also a middle school counselor in another district.  I love to dance! I grew up a competitive dancer and was also on the volleyball, softball, and track teams in high school.  I love reading, yoga, doing craft projects, and being outdoors.