Meet the Counselors

  • School counselors promote and enhance achievement with an annual comprehensive school counseling plan that ensures that every student receives school counseling services. Credentialed school counselors provide comprehensive counseling programs that incorporate prevention and intervention with continuous academic, career, and personal/development activities that will prepare them for meaningful participation in a diverse, changing world. These activities include classroom guidance, small groups for skill mastery, individual counseling for students with specific needs, and a variety of other proactive and innovative ways to support student performance. 

    School counselors implement a program based on the National Standards for School Counseling Programs and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. They also provide resources to staff, students, families, and others to ensure that a family-friendly environment is established and ensure that students have access to a safe school climate necessary for academic and social/emotional growth.

    Parents are always welcome to come in or call 754-322-2300 for assistance or advice.


    Here is an update so you can tell your students who their counselors are and how to schedule an appointment or meet with one of us.
    Appointments can be made before school 7:15-7:35am & During both A & B lunch
    All Counselors are in their office during both lunches for walk-ins (unless pulled for an emergency)
    This is the time student can ask questions and get assistance that may not require an appointment. Guidance is closed after school.
    Counselors go to lunch in between A & B lunch so please do not send anyone down at that time. If it is an emergency please contact the guidance secretary so she can get the social worker or family counselor during that time.
    Mr. Knight is the counselor for 9th grade & 10th grade last names A-G          
    Ms. Betancourt is the counselor for 11th grade & 10th grade last names H-P  
    Ms. Thompson is the counselor for 12th grade & 10th grade last names Q-Z  
    Mrs. Brown is the School counseling director                                                  
    Thank you for your support,
    Mrs. Courtney R. Brown
    School Counseling Director
    J.P. Taravella High School
    (754) 322-2327

  • Mr. Eric Knight, Grade 9 ALL, and Grade 10 A-G

    Mr. Eric Knight

    9th Grade Guidance Counselor

    Phone Number: 754-322-2300

  • Luisa Betancourt, Grade 11 ALL and Grade 10 H-P

    Luisa Betancourt

    Guidance Counselor 

    Phone Number: 754-322-2300

  • Ms. Tammi Thompson, Grade 12 ALL and Grade 10 Q-Z

    Ms. Tammi Thompson

    Guidance Counselor 

    Phone Number: 754-322-2300

  • Ms. Marjorie Gitten, BRACE Advisor

    Ms. Marjorie Gitten

    BRACE Advisor

    Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3 PM

    Phone Number: 754-322-2321

  • Mrs. Courtney Brown, Guidance Director

    Mrs. Betty Ammann

    Guidance Director

    Phone Number: 754-322-2300