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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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FINANCIAL AID - all financial aid (start on January 1st) - scholarships

Foston, Elizabeth
Graham, Kellie
Whittington, Ruth
Woodall, Emily
Counselor House 3 and ACE Academy


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Kellie Graham - House 1: Business Academy

Elizabeth Foston - House 2: Law Academy

Emily Woodall - House 3: ACE and Bio-Tech Academy

Ruth Whittington - House 4: Performing Arts Academy


Staff_16.JPGCounselor Ms.Kellie Graham

Kellie Graham 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, 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.


Staff_17.JPGCounselor 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.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.


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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 8 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.