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Deborah Miller

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About Me

I am a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BS Business Administration - Accounting.  After several years as a Certified Public Accountant  and Chief Financial Officer, I returned to graduate school to pursue my life-long passion to work with school-aged children. I completed my Masters in Education in School Counseling with High Distinction from Liberty University.  Prior to arriving at Las Flores Middle School, I completed a School Counseling internship with Capistrano Unified School District at San Clemente High School, Kinoshita Elementary and Hidden Hills Elementary schools.  During my Masters Program, I also volunteered with the RH Dana Special Needs Facility.  Since 2008, I have worked as an Independent Educational Consultant assisting high school students with college admissions and planning and currently volunteer as a mentor to school counseling students.  I have a California Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in School Counseling.  I have also coached swimming with British swimming clubs and worked with summer league and high school teams in California.  I am excited to be part of the Las Flores Middle School Guidance team assisting students with setting and meeting their goals in academic, social/emotional, and career development.

 

I am the proud parent of three sons. We lived overseas in England for eight years where my sons were educated in the British School system and where we spent our holidays traveling to over 25-30 countries.  My oldest graduated from California Lutheran University as a 4 year Varsity Athlete/Captain of the swimming team with a BS in Exercise Science and is pursuing a graduate degree in education and his teaching credential. He currently works as a teaching assistant for Adapted Kinesiology courses at Saddleback College and is completing his student teaching at San Juan Hills High School this Fall.  My middle son graduated Magna Cum Laude from the world renown Berklee College of Music with a B.S. in Music Production and Engineering and a minor in Acoustics and Electronics and now lives in Nashville, Tn. My youngest graduated from Stanford University in 2016 where he majored in Material Science Engineering with a focus in Bioengineering. He currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area as a Product Analytics Manager.  My personal experience with my own children has provided me with a wide variety of college experiences that I'm happy to share with parents and students alike.

Roles and Responsibilities
As an Academic Advisor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive development in academic, career, and personal/social domains:
  • Individual academic advising and counseling
  • Organize and administer academic intervention meetings with parents, teachers and students seeking solutions for student success
  • Organize and administer placement testing as required
  • Prepare the master schedule for each school year
  • Consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators, school counselor, school psychologist,  school and/or district nurses in order to establish appropriate interventions for students as needed.
  • Work with the special education team to assure students needs in IEP and 504 plans are met through proper class scheduling
  • Prepare data for progress and grade reports
  • Provide information and resources to students on annual class electives
  • Interview and collaborate with office staff for selection of School Service Office Aides
  • Review applications for Independent PE prior to district final approval
  • Provide information to parents and students on a variety of issues 
  • Many other duties as required
  • Coordinator of the LFMS Peer Tutoring Program
Additional Committee Roles

CSEA Union Rep on District Safety Committee

CSEA Interview Panel Trained

Las Flores School Counseling Advisory Committee

Saddleback/CUSD WorkGroup Committee

PBIS Tier 1 Committee - Data Analyst

PBIS Tier 2 Committee - Data Analyst

California College Guidance Initiative

The California Colleges Guidance Initiative is a non-profit program which manages California's official college and career planning platform California Colleges.edu.

California Colleges.edu is a free resource that offers educators, students from middle school through college and their families a platform to research career interests and colleges that may fit your interests and needs. Through the use of career assessments and general planning tools, students may investigate a variety of careers and college options. They may also use the useful links to apply to Cal State Apply (the website for students applying to California State Universities), CCC Apply (website to register for California Community Colleges), and FAFSA (the financial aid application website for federal financial aid). The website offers guides and planning tools which students may download and they may also save their thoughts on general careers and colleges in a journal, create a checklist and track their progress, etc. 

 

Use the link below to access this useful tool -

 

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Education and Professional Memberships and Credentials

Education:

Bachelor Science Business Administration - Accounting:  University of Southern California

Masters Education - School Counselling: Liberty University with High Distinction

 

Certifications and Credentials:

Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential - School Counselling

California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Coach Certification

Certified in Restorative Practices

PBIS Tier 1 and Tier 2 Training

ASCA College Admissions Specialist

CPR and First Aid Certification

Certified Public Accountant

 

Professional Memberships:

ASCA - American School Counsellors Association

CASC - California Association of School Counsellors

 

Professional Development:

Addressing Educational Anxiety and School Avoidance

Signs of Suicide

ACT Counselor Professional Development

College Board Counseling Workshops         

CASC Conferences

California ACT State Organization Conference

ACT: Anchoring your K-12 Curriculum: An Introduction

ACT: Confident and College Ready: ACT®CollegeReady™ in Action.

Transforming School Culture

 

 

 

College and Career Planning

If you are interested in discussing college planning and determining a plan for high school, please contact me for an appointment.