Meet the Counselors
Ms. Catherine Di Leo
Elementary School Counselor
Ms. Deb Kleissler
Middle School Counselor
Mr. Lewis McLean
High School Counselor
Mr. Gus Marantos
College and Career Counselor
St. Paul American School strives to provide a comprehensive counseling program, supporting all students in gaining academic, social, and emotional skills to aid them in becoming productive global citizens. All students will participate in classroom, group, and/or individual lessons and activities that foster community and healthy relationships amongst students, staff, and the greater St. Paul community. We at St. Paul celebrate diversity and are inclusive of students from all cultures and backgrounds.
St. Paul celebrates the diversity of its students’ culture, skills and knowledge. We create an inclusive environment where families, students, and staff can voice their opinions and contribute to our community. We empower students to advocate for themselves and others in a globally aware and responsive way.
Why School Counselors?
Students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. School counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize their full academic potential.
Services We Provide
The SPAS Counseling Program is designed to address the academic and developmental needs of all students through advisory and classroom guidance lessons. These lessons include the following topics and more:
* Organization Skills
* Understanding Self and Others
* Coping Strategies
* Peer Relationships and Effective Social Skills
* Self-Regulation Skills
* Communication and Problem Solving
* College and Career Awareness
* Multiculturalism and Diversity
* Grade Level Transitions
FOR STUDENTS: Students may see the counselor for individual and small group counseling to assist with a variety of concerns and problems, including but not limited to:
* Friendship/social skills
* Problem Solving
* Academic Improvement
* Divorce/Family Change
* Grief and Loss
* Self-Esteem/Body Image
*College and Career Readiness
Secondary Students: receive daily support in the advisory classes; and can utilize individual or group counseling support as needed.
Elementary Students: receive bi-weekly classroom guidance lessons on various social/emotional topics; and can utilize individual or group counseling support as needed.
FOR PARENTS: Parents are free to call or email the counseling office at any time for a meeting if you have academic, social, or personal concerns about your child. The counseling office will help to arrange small group or individual counseling, as well as outside referrals for intervention.
Making an Appointment
Parents or students may make appointments.
Students can see the counselor in any of the following ways:
- Request of the counselor
- Parent referral
- Administrative referral
- Teacher or staff referral
- Referral by friend(s)
Students should stop by the Counseling Office to sign up for an appointment or ask their classroom teachers to schedule appointments with our school counselors.