The Counseling Staff at Jesuit High School is a highly trained and broadly experienced group of professionals. Generally, the student body is divided alphabetically and each student is assigned to a counselor who follows that student throughout his four year education at Jesuit High School.
With a few exceptions, the counselor student assignments are detailed below. If in doubt, feel free to call Ms. Wazhma Kakar, Counseling Center Administrative Assistant, at (916) 418-2627, who will connect you to your son’s counselor.
I am in my fourth year with the Jesuit High School Community after working for several years at Moreau Catholic High School in the Bay Area. Before Moreau, I worked at several different public high schools in the East Bay. For my undergraduate studies I attended UC Santa Barbara. After working for a time, I chose to attend graduate school to become a counselor. I completed my graduate studies and received a Masters in Counseling from Saint Mary’s College, where I also worked for a time as a part-time instructor. In addition to my High School Counselor Credential, I am also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have loved becoming a part of this great community at Jesuit High School!
My love for working with students in a school setting began with my B.A. degree in Child Development. After my undergraduate, I was employed with River Oaks Treatment Center as a counselor working with adolescents. I began my Masters in Educational Counseling in 1997 and graduated in 1999. I also earned a Pupil Personnel Counseling Credential. From there, I worked as a Middle School Alcohol/Drug Prevention Specialist for two schools in San Juan Unified School District. My school counseling background includes six years at a charter school, along with two Sacramento public high schools. I began working at Jesuit High School in the fall of 2007. I feel truly fortunate to have experience in a variety of school settings.
This is my sixth year working in the Counseling Department at Jesuit High School and my second full year as your son’s counselor. I earned my degree in Liberal Studies from Sacramento State with the intent of teaching in the elementary schools. Many years later, I found a home among the wonderful faculty and staff at Jesuit and was inspired to go back to school. In 2014, I began my Masters in Educational Counseling and will earn my PPS Credential in 2016. I absolutely love working at Jesuit and being a part of this school community. I am truly fortunate to be able to continue my work with the students in this new role and look forward to an exciting year.
BA Liberal Studies – CSU Sacramento, 2005
MS Educational Counseling – National University, 2016
Kathy Van Liefde has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and a Master’s of Science degree in Educational Counseling. She began working at Jesuit as a mathematics teacher in the fall of 1996, having taught math at the high school level since 1985. She began her career as a counselor at Jesuit in the fall of 2003. Kathy is also the Assistant Director of Testing.