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Counseling

At Verbum Dei, students have access to counselors who provide academic guidance, college and career planning, and personal support

The goal of the Counseling Department is to empower each talented student to examine his full potential during the high school years and to set personal and academic goals that will lead to his future success. VDHS counselors support students by implementing a school counseling program in which students are encouraged and expected to become participants in their own academic, career, personal and social growth. The counseling program consists of monthly classroom lessons for grades 9th-11th where we discuss college requirements and the application process and weekly workshops for seniors where they apply for college and financial aid with the detailed guidance and support of the counselors. Additional direct and indirect services include personal counseling, group counseling, individual student planning, crisis counseling, and referrals to community resources. The counselors are also available to support and work with parents to ensure the academic and personal success of the students.

We look forward to meeting you.

VDHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Martinique Starnes, Ed.D.
Dean of Counseling and Student Affairs
Mrs. Starnes is currently in her eighth year at Verbum Dei. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Loyola Marymount University and her Master of Arts Degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership for Social Program at Loyola Marymount University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hosting social events, and spending time with her husband and her daughter.

CONTACT:
(323) 564-6651 x6500
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Mrs. Mayra Rodriguez, M.A., Education and Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential
Personal Counselor
This is Mrs. Rodriguez’ fourth year at the Verb. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling with Pupil Personnel Services Credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Freddy, and her two year old son, Niko.

CONTACT:
(323) 564- 6651 x8850
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Mrs. Antoinette Bowie-Smith, M.S., Counseling Psychology
College Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Bowie-Smith joined the Verbum Dei Counseling Department in 2009 after working at a college preparatory program.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University in Urban Studies and her Master of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College. Now in her sixth year at Verbum Dei, Mrs. Bowie-Smith is excited to continue helping ambitious high school students reach the goal of graduating college. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies and shopping.

CONTACT:
(323) 564-6651 x6510
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