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.
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
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.
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.