Guidance and Counseling

Guidance and Counseling

Guidance and Counseling

Guidance and counseling at AHA is divided into five sub groups.

  • The Guidance Department staff deals with issues directly related to AHA academics and student life.
  • The College and Career Center helps students prepare for post-secondary education and for work.
  • Our school nurse works with students on physical health and wellness issues.
  • The Learning Variations Program works with students who have an educational diagnosis or learning variations plan.
  • The Response to Intervention program works with students who need more academic support but do not have a learning variations plan.

Staff members are listed below. Contact a staff member directly if you know which person to whom you'd like to speak. If you're unsure, contact the Department chair.

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Forms and releases

Click here to find the forms and releases you may need for your student including: transcript requests, health and medication forms, forms for releasing information to other agencies, and student withdrawl forms.

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Guidance Department staff

Sarah Taffe, Department Chair/School Counselor – Ms. Taffe works with students with the last names beginning with A-L on issues of behavioral health, wellness, and academic issues. staffe@ahastars.org, 612-798-2654

Matt O'Leary, School Counselor – Mr. O'Leary works with students with the last names beginning with M-Z on issues of behavioral health, wellness, and academic issues. He is also the contact person for standardized testing. moleary@ahastars.org, 612-798-2638

Jim Gunderson, RTI coordinator-- Mr. Gunderson is AHA's Response to Intervention (RTI) coordinator. He works with students who need more academic support but who do not have a Learning Variations Plan. jgunderson@ahastars.org, 612-798-2633.

Gina Meacham, Registrar--Ms. Meacham works with transcripts, academic reports, enrollment verifications, and scheduling gmeacham@ahastars.org, 612-798-2626

Deirdre Hocks, Learning Variations Specialist--Ms. Hocks works with students who have an Educational Diagnosis or Learning Variations Plan. She coordinates with Richfield Public Schools for issues of accommodation and testing for students with learning disabilities. dhocks@ahastars.org, 612-798-2605

 

College and Career Planning

The College and Career Center helps students plan for post-secondary education. Learn more about the Center’s work on the College and Career Center page of this web site.

Tina Proctor, College and Career Center Counselor, tproctor@ahastars.org,
612-798-2639

Ann Kjorstad, College and Career Center Counselor, akjorstad@ahastars.org, 612-798-2691

Student Health 

Janet Patience, School Nurse--The nurse works with personal health and wellness. jpatience@ahastars.org, 612-798-2632

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Learning Variations (Special Education Services Notice)

In cooperation with the Richfield School District, AHA wants to be sure that parents know that students with disabilities attending elementary or secondary private schools in Richfield may be eligible for special education services through the Richfield Public Schools.

Any time throughout the school year, if a parent believes a child may be eligible for special education services, the parent should contact AHA's Learning Variations Coordinator for more information.

Additional information about Richfield School District's special education services are available by clicking here or by calling 612-798-6000.

Protection of Children and Youth

As a part of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, we are committed to protecting children and youth.  Access more information about how Academy of Holy Angels fulfills this commitment.

 

 

 

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