Counseling Staff

Counselors:

Stacey Pottorff
 Students A-Ci
 Ex: 22119

Education: 
B.A. in Psych from Mesa State College, M.A. in School Counseling from Adams State College

Past Jobs: 
Extended Hours (before and after school program), taught kindergarten enrichment, Summer Camp counselor

Fun Fact: 
I have a super strong olfactory sense.  It’s a blessing and a curse.



 
Teresa Sheffield
Students Cj-Go 
Ex: 22120

Education: BA in Education from Mesa State  College, MA in Educational Leadership from University of Northern Colorado, MA in School Counseling from Adam State University
Fun Fact:

Past Jobs: School Counselor, Physical Education teacher, volleyball coach, and Academic Coach and parent

Fun Fact: Loves, trains, and raises rottweilers

 
Kerri Spore
Students Gp-Li 
Ex: 22121

Education: High school - Gunnison, CO. B.A. in Sociology (emphasis in Criminal Justice and Social Sciences) and secondary teaching licensure - Western State Colorado University. M.A. School Counseling - Adams State University

Past Jobs: Assistant Director of Admissions at Western State Colorado University; Director of Student Services at Western Colorado Community College.  By far the best position I’ve had is the over ten years as a counselor here at Central!

Fun Fact: Believe or not, I was a cheerleader in high school and drove a VW bug that was older than I was.  I’m also kind of a farm girl.  I love old trucks, tractors, riding 4-wheelers and helping my family on the farm.

 
Liza Hines
Students Lo-O 
Ex: 22122

Education: B.A. in Sociology and secondary teaching license - CU Boulder. Masters of Education - Colorado State University 

Past Jobs: Assistant Director at a Residential Treatment and Detention Facility, Job Coach, Foster Care Case Manager

Fun Fact: Married the boy I had a crush on in middle school.  

 
Trish Burns
Students P-Sh
Ex: 22123

Education: Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Developmental Emphasis from UC Santa Barbara, CA. Master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University (Santa Barbara, CA). 

Past Jobs: Case manager and teacher for Residential Treatment Programs, private practice therapist, grant MH therapist, agency clinician, and middle school counselor.

Fun Fact: I spent high school preparing to be an engineer! Once I started college, I realized I was not enjoying myself at all. I took a psychology class that was outside of my "planned path" and it helped me discover my passion! It totally changed my education and career path.

 
Jessica Barton
Students Si-Z
Ex: 22124

Education: Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies - Colorado Northwestern Community College. B.A. in Management - University of Phoenix. M.A. in School Counseling - Adams State. Past Jobs: 

Paralegal, Oil and Gas Appraiser, Senior Case Manager for the Department of Human Services, Social Services Director

Fun Fact: I received a 4.0 GPA in my Master’s program.  My dream job is to be an ice road trucker!


 

College and Career:

Sarah Vescio
College and Career Advisor
EX: 22131

Education:
 High School - Fruita, CO. Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management - Minor in English.  Graduated Cum Laude from Colorado Mesa University in 2013.

Past Jobs: Customer service, evidence technician for Palisade Police Department, Lead Building Manager at CMU University Center, student supervisor in various roles at CMU.

Fun Fact: I took a 5 year gap between graduating high school and starting college and enjoy talking to high school students about both the positive and negative elements of having been a non-traditional college student.  





 
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Social Work:

 
Courtney Flores
Social Worker
EX: 22113

Education: BA in International Studies at Southern Oregon University, Master of Social Work at the Graduate School of Social work - University of Denver

Past Jobs: Data Specialist for the Migrant Education Program, Data Specialist at Padres & Jovenes Unidos, Lead Health Justice Organizer at Padres & Jovenes Unidos, Mental Health Therapist at Griffith Centers for Children

Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Costa Rica - twice! Once in my undergraduate program and once in my Masters.

 

Secretaries:

Dana Smith
Counseling Secretary
Ex: 22116

Tammy Taylor
Counseling Secretary
Ex: 22118

Courtney Salazar
Registrar
Ex: 22117