Kellie Graham - House 1: A-Ed, Business Academy x7742 KellieGraham@antioch.k12.ca.us
Sheri Leigh - House 2: Ek-Ko, Law Academy x7743 SheriLeigh@antioch.k12.ca.us
Emily Woodall - House 3: Ku-Ro, ACE Academy x7741 EmilyWoodall@antioch.k12.ca.us
Ruth Whittington - House 4: Ru-Z, DVPA Academy x7744 RuthWhittington@antioch.k12.ca.us
Counselor Ms.Kellie Graham
Kellie grew up in Culver City in Southern California amongst the movie studios. She attended Santa Monica and Moorpark College for her general education and studied Child Development before heading to Springfield College to receive her BS in Human Services. She completed her MS in Counseling and Guidance with a Counseling Credential from California Lutheran University and also is a certified Massage Therapist. After completing her education, Kellie moved to Hawaii and worked as a counselor at Pahoa High and Intermediate School. When she returned to California she worked at several schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. In 2012, Kellie moved to the Bay Area and began working for Antioch Unified. Before coming to us at Deer Valley this year, she worked at Antioch High, Park Middle and Dozier Libby. Kellie loves being someone that students can come to, to be heard and feel safe. She enjoys helping students set goals, and loves to watch them achieve those goals. In her spare time, she spends time with family and friends, travels to places she has never seen before and is working toward visiting all of the National Parks in the United States.
Counselor Ms. Sheri Leigh
Sheri Leigh was born in Cleveland, Ohio but lived in Buffalo and Rye New York through High School. She received a BA in Sociology with a minor in Environmental Studies from UCSB and a M.S. in Educational Psychology and Counseling Credential from Cal State Northridge. While in southern California, Sheri worked at Carpinteria High School as a College and Career Counselor, ROP Liaison, and Work Experience Instructor; ; Santa Barbara City College as the Work Site Coordinator in the Career Center; Santa Barbara High School as the School Counselor for Athletes; and Ivy Academia Charter High School in Chatsworth. Mrs. Leigh moved to the Bay Area with her Husband this summer to begin working at Deer Valley. She loves the dynamics and energy of high school, and she really likes teenagers. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, hiking, yoga and travel where she can explore and be a part of interesting cultures. She also enjoys music, cooking, reading and playing with her dog and two cats.
Counselor Miss Emily Woodall
Emily Woodall grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She attended CSU, Chico and received a BA in Communications Studies, a minor in Spanish and graduated with Honors in General Education. While at CSU, Chico she held many positions including the Assistant Director for AS Presents, the on-campus concert promoter. After graduation she worked in Hospitality as a Concierge in Napa Valley before returning to Chico to pursue her graduate degree. Emily received her M.S. in Educational Counseling and Counseling Credential from the University of La Verne in 2010; she worked in the Chico area as a School Counselor and Behavior Intervention Specialist for Live Oak Unified School District as well as the Youth Development Coordinator for the REACH Coalition for 3 years before moving to Antioch to work at Deer Valley in 2013. Emily loves working with High School students and especially enjoys helping students define their life’s ambitions and reach their goals! In her spare time, she enjoys listening to live music, singing and playing guitar, and pursuing photography.
Counselor Mrs. Ruth Whittington
Ruth Whittington grew up in Southern California. She attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and earned her B.S. in Social Science. She received her M.S. in Social Work from San Francisco State and her M.S. in Counseling and Counseling Credential from Chapman University. Ruth has worked at Deer Valley High School for 7 years and has been an integral part of building a strong counseling program. Ruth worked as a Social Worker for 14 years in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo County. She likes working at a high school because she enjoys the age group and feels like it is good combindation of social work and education. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family including hiking, biking and kayaking. She also enjoys traveling outside of the U.S. to explore other cultures.
Counseling Intern Miss Alexandra Allen
Alex grew up in Fresno, California. After graduating High School, she attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Sociology. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling from Saint Mary’s College. During her internship Alex has worked at Thomas Edison Charter Academy in SF as well as Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley and as a Tutor for Encourage Tomorrow. Alex wants to be a school counselor to help students reach their goals and work through life’s struggles. She will be working on her internship hours at Deer Valley for the entire school year and is available to students on Thursdays and Fridays. In her free time Alex likes singing to the radio, dancing and hiking.