Welcome Students and Parents to the Guidance and Counseling website. Feel free to explore the links to the left of the page for important links and topics of interest, or read below for important information regarding our Guidance and School Counseling Department.
The purpose of the Hollywood Hills High School Guidance Department is to provide a program designed to facilitate the educational and social/emotional needs of students so that they may reach their full potential. This approach focuses on the prevention of problems by providing all students with appropriate age skills and guidance information.
School Counselors strive to meet the developmental needs of all students and respond to the special cultural and social needs and interests of individual students. Counseling students, consulting with staff, parents and community members and integrating the school's guidance program into the instructional program are among the primary responsibilities of the school counselor. School Counselors do not make decisions for students, but help them and their parents acquire facts and ideas to make decisions.
>The Guidance program ensures that the skills of the school counselor are used to optimal advantage. The Guidance program works in conjunction with other school personnel, programs and community resources. Parents are kept informed of programs and are encouraged to participate in the development of students.
Who's my Counselor?
Counselors are assigned by grade levels and last names.
Ms. Rosemary Miranda
Director of School Counseling/10th Grade Counselor
Ms. Rosemary Miranda comes to Hollywood Hills High School with many years of guidance and counseling experience at both elementary and middle schools, and at the district office. Prior to coming to HHHS, she was the guidance director at Margate Middle School.
Ms. Miranda's heart and passion is to impact and make a difference in the lives of young people. She is often involved in the community with various organizations that encourage students to cultivate their talents and leadership skills and believes her mission is to help each student succeed. She is dedicated to guiding each student toward academic success and a bright future by helping them develop leadership skills.
Her professional goal is to implement a proactive guidance program that fosters academic achievement, career awareness, personal growth, and positive self-image for all students within a safe and secure learning environment. She believes that counseling is as crucial to education as the classroom experience and works hard to provide students with the timely and proactive assistance they need to cope with the inevitable changes and problems of their normal adolescent development. She believes that the primary mission of her department is to facilitate personal growth, in terms of helping each student get through the various “growing pains” and problems associated with educational, personal, and/or career development.
Ms. Kathy Behl-Whiting, 11th Grade, 754-323-1125
Ms. Kathy Behl-Whiting is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Board Certified Counselor, and a Certified School Counselor.
She holds an Educational Specialist Degree from Barry University and a chemical dependency counseling certificate from the University of Miami. Ms. Behl-Whiting was an adjunct professor at Barry University, an ESOL teacher at Miami-Dade College and in South America, and a high school ESE teacher.
Ms. Behl-Whiting is passionate about life-long learning that is fun, creative, and adventurous. She believes that it is the responsibility of school, along with family and community, to inspire good citizenship qualities through structure and teamwork.
Ms. Nathalie Vessosa, 12th Grade, 754-323-1123
Ms. Vessosa is a proud graduate of Hollywood Hills High School and has been working with the Spartan community for three years. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at Florida International University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Nova Southeastern University.
Throughout her years at Hollywood Hills, she has served as the 9th grade advisor while completing her School Counseling internship and many other student support duties required in the guidance department. She has also served as an assistant volleyball coach, mentor to at risk students and supervised students during a grant funded after school program.
She is very passionate and enthusiastic about working with students and their families. Ms. Vessosa’s mission is to ensure that the transition from middle school to high school is a positive experience and to encourage students to pursue a post-secondary education that is focused and purposeful.
Mrs. Donna DeMarco, 9th Grade/ELA Academy, 754-323-1076
Mrs. Donna DeMarco has worked for Broward County Public Schools for over 20 years and is a product of Broward County Public Schools, graduating from Coral Springs High School.
Mrs. DeMarco holds a Masters degree in Counseling, with a specialization in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and a Minor secondary education from The University of Florida.
Mrs. DeMarco also has classroom teaching experience, having taught World History, American History, Geography, Psychology and freshman English courses early in her career. She has also worked as an adjunct professor teaching collegiate study skills at Broward College.
Mrs. DeMarco brings enormous experience to Hollywood Hills in areas such as Naviance, coordination of PSAT and AP exams for all students, Dual Enrollment Coordinator as well as counseling skills for all grade levels in the areas of academic, college, career, and personal counseling.
Her philosophy of school counseling includes building relationships with students all of backgrounds, having enthusiasm to help students, advocating for students' success, and collaborating with parents and other school professionals
Building relationships means that, as a school counselor, she interacts with students, cares about their personal lives, listens to their problems and shares quality time with them. Students feel safe, accepted and welcome every time they visit with Mrs. DeMarco and they know that she is there to help.
How do I see my Counselor?
Counselors are often available before school, during lunch, after school, and always by appointment.
How do I contact the Assistant Principal of Counseling and Student Services?
To speak with Dr. Maureen Lue, you may leave a voice mail, or schedule a meeting with her through the Guidance secretaries at 754-323-1103 or 754-323-1075.