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Counselors Corner

Michele Branch is the Lead Counselor for the district and has worked in the Westminster School District for the past 22 years. Michele was just recently honored by the Orange County Department of Education as the “2024 Orange County Middle School Counselor of the Year!” She meets with students individually and in groups within the scope of academic support, social-emotional development, college and career planning and crisis response. She works in collaboration with staff, administration, parents and community partners to ensure students are both successful and safe. She supports many programs at Stacey such as AVID, PBIS, and TUPE.

Request a meeting with Mrs. Branch

Dear Cougars:

Stacey Cougars! If you would like to schedule a meeting with me, please drop by my office (G2A,) send me a message through Jupiter Ed or complete a form by clicking on the request link above. Remember: You MATTER to me! Please note: Services provided to students are confidential. However, if a student is in emotional or physical danger or causes harm to themselves or others, I am mandated by law to seek additional resources and/or report to make sure students are safe. We care about our Stacey Cougars and want you to be successful and safe!

wonderful things

The vision of the Stacey Middle School Counseling Department is that all students will be empowered to reach their maximum potential by having access to a comprehensive program that addresses academic, personal/social, and career goals.  An environment will be promoted to encourage personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence.  School counselors believe that every student can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community leading to responsible and productive citizenship in the 21st century.

High School and Beyond

Click here to watch a video presentation on things to start thinking about now that will impact your future. It will also let you know about high school graduation requirements and advice for college and career pathways. This video presentation is designed for 7th and 8th graders. 

Middle School Readiness

Click here to watch a video presentation designed for 6th graders. The video presentation provides advice and insight to help students adjust to middle school life.

Left: Anna Yi, Speech and Language Pathologist    ayi@wsdk8.us

Center: Michele Branch, School Counselor   mbranch@wsdk8.us

Right: Dr. Aisha Gutierrez, Psychologist   aishagutierrez@wsdk8.us