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Cool Counselor at SJHS

Submitted by tiffanie.miley on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 14:58
Rachel Standley, SJHS Staff Writer
Mrs. Monica Distefano, seventh-grade counselor at SJHS

At Springville Junior High there are several counselors. The seventh-grade counselor, Mrs. Monica Distefano, was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in a suburb called Sheffield Lake, near Lake Erie.

She went to BYU for a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and later, went to the University of Phoenix to get a master’s degree. She spent 10 years working for a company that provided services to people with disabilities. She was a manager and a director over some residential programs. Later she was the director of staff development.

She always knew that she wanted to work with youth, but it took her some time to discover that school counseling would be the best job for her. Mrs. Distefano says, “I love my job! It is so much fun to work with junior high students!”

Mrs. Distefano is a mom, and has four children ages: 13, 11, 9, and 4. This is her seventh year at Springville Junior High School.