Welcome to Casteel's Counseling Department
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Counselors work with staff, students and parents to ensure student success at Casteel High. Counselors provide developmental and preventative guidance for student's life-long learning. Counselors will have contact with students throughout the year through a variety of lessons and presentations are tailored to address academic, personal, social and post high school interests. Students are assigned to counselors based on their last name and grade level.
How to schedule an appointment with your Counselor:
Students do not need an appointment to see their counselor before/after school or during their lunch, but keep in mind that counselors may already have appointments scheduled during those times. Parents and students may click here to email Stephanie Waaramaa, Counseling Secretary, at to schedule an appointment with the appropriate counselor. Students should not come down during class time to make an appointment or to see a counselor, except in an emergency.
Stephanie Waaramaa, Secretary to Counseling Department
Counselor for 10th-12th grade students with the last names of A-Goo
Mrs. Johnson was born and raised in the Southwest most of her life. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Journalism. After working in different facets of education, she decided to continue her own education and received a Master's degree in School Counseling from Capella University. Mrs. Johnson has 7 years experience as a school counselor, and has worked with students in junior high as well as high school.
Email: Jennifer Johnson
Counselor for 10th-12th grade students with the last names Gop-N
Mr. Ruelas is in his 11th year as a high school counselor. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in industrial technology from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Education degree in school counseling from Ottawa University. Prior to being a school counselor Mr. Ruelas was a high school industrial technology teacher for 6 years.
Email: Rory Ruelas
Counselor for 10th-12th grade students with the last names of O-Z
Mrs. Burt was born and raised in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Secondary Education; with a major in Biology and minors in both Chemistry and Psychology. After teaching for five years, she spent ten years as a stay-at-home mom to her four children. While raising her children, she continued her education and earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Capella University. This will be Mrs. Burt’s 5th year as a high school counselor. She looks forward to her first year as a Casteel Colt.
Email: Jessica Burt
Counselor for 7th-9th grade students with the last names of A-Er
Mrs. Philips earned her degree in Spanish from the University of Georgia. She married a career Army officer and while on assignment in Germany, earned her Master’s in Guidance and Counseling from Ball State University, Germany Campus. She was a Test Proctor for the Army Education Center then a Field Director for the American Red Cross. Once the family settled in AZ, Mrs. Philip’s became a teacher, then Counselor in the Mesa school district for over 20 years. She is happy to be part of the Casteel counseling team.
Email: Debbie Philips
Counselor for 7th-9th grade students with the last names of Es-Lan
Ms. Cunico was raised in New Mexico and received her Bachelors of Science in Family Studies and her Masters in Counseling at the University of New Mexico. She has worked for 17 years as a High School counselor. She loves being a Colt and working at Casteel!
Email: Christy Cunico
Counselor for 7th-9th grade students with the last names of Lar-Ri
Ms. Mahon (pronounced Mann) graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in secondary education. She taught social studies, physical education, and business for nine years. Ms. Mahon earned her masters degree in School Counseling from Ottawa University and she has been a high school counselor for seven years.Email: Tracey Mahon
Counselor for 7th-9th Grade students with the last names Ro-Z
Mrs. Shropshire is in her 16th year as a School Counselor. She was born and raised in Arizona and attended Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Family Studies. She then attended Arizona State University and graduated with a Masters of Counseling. She worked for 5 years at Fees Middle School (now named Fees College Preparatory Middle School ) in Tempe and worked 7 years at Payne Jr. High School before becoming a Casteel Colt.
Email: Carrie Shropshire