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 seventh year working in the Counseling Department at Jesuit High School and my second year as the Director of Counseling Services. 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 earned 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.