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40 Developmental Assets

The 40 Developmental Assets have been identified as the building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring and responsible. Check out a weekly Asset Newsletter for tips on building these assets in our youth! 




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DVHS Counselors

Allen, Alexandra
Foston, Elizabeth
Moore, Mallu
Whittington, Ruth
Woodall, Emily
Counselor House 3 and ACE Academy


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Course Requests 2017-18

Students are currently meeting with the counseling staff to review their course requests for next school year. Counselors are unavailable during the school day for appointments with students and parents during this time. If you need to meet with a counselor, please e-mail to set up an appointment.


Current 9th grade - January 28 - February 3

Current 10th grade - February 23 - March 6

Current 11th grade - February 9 - February 21


Each student will select their choices and alternates with a counselor, the copy of the requests will be sent home for review before spring break.


If you would like to view the course selection sheets in advance, they are posted below.


Incoming 8th grade students will meet with a counselor before Spring Break at their middle school site.


10th grade course request form (current 9th graders)

11th grade course request form (current 10th graders)

12th grade course request form (current 11th graders)


AP Contract 2017-18

Alexandra Allen - Business Academy 9-12 and Non-Theme Last Names A-E

Elizabeth Foston - Law Academy 9-12 and Non-Theme Last Names F-M

Emily Woodall - ACE and Bio-Tech Academy 9-12 and Non-Theme Last Names N-P

Mallu Moore - Performing Arts Academy 9-12 and Non-Theme Last Names Q-Z 

Ruth Whittington - Social Emotional Counselor - All Grade Levels

The Role of a DVHS Counselor

School Counselors support the developmental and academic needs of students. Counselors collaborate with school staff, administration and the parent community to ensure the integration and alignment of the school counseling program with the mission of the school. School counselors deliver prevention and intervention services that support the academic, career, personal, interpersonal and healthy development of all students. Prevention and intervention services include academic advocacy, classroom/group guidance lessons, individual student planning, staff and parent consultation, school program support and crisis response. 


 Counselor Ms. Alexandra Allen 

Alexandra Allen grew up in the Central Valley in Fresno, CA. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received a BA in Communication Studies. After graduation she mentored students in elementary, middle and high schools while working at the Fresno Convention Center. Alexandra received her M.A. in Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services  from Saint Mary's College. She was a counseling intern at Deer Valley for the 2013-14 school year and went on to be a counselor at Dallas Ranch Middle School before returning back to DVHS for the 2015-16 school year. Alexandra loves working with students and especially enjoys supporting and guiding students towards reaching their goals! In her spare time she participates in a choir, and likes traveling and exploring nature. 


 Counselor Ms. Elizabeth Foston
Elizabeth Foston grew up in sunny Southern California in the O.C. and Torrance areas. she attended Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles where she earned her B.A. in Sociology/Criminology in 2001. After relocating to Northern California in 2006, she decided to continue her education and earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a PPS Credential from the University of San Francisco in 2011. After graduating, Ms. Foston began working as a School Counselor at Jesse Bethel High in Vallejo and at the Solano county Juvenile  Hall, before arriving at Deer Valley High School. Ms. Foston has extensive experience in the areas of restorative justice practices, college and career counseling and Link Crew. Elizabeth really enjoys working with high school students and motivating them to be the best person and student they can be. She believes that, "if you put your mind to it, and stay focused on your goals, the possibilities are endless." In her spare time Elizabeth values the time she spends hanging out with her family, shopping for sneakers and Hello Kitty memorabilia, travelling locally and abroad, and eating at different local restaurants. 


Woodall Emily.jpg Counselor Ms. 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.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 landscape and architectural photography.


Whittington Lifetouch.JPG 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 9 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 combination of social work and education. Ruth is currently pursuing her 3rd advanced degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. 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.  


Moore Lifetouch.JPG Counselor Ms. Mallu Moore