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Welcome to the Guidance Office

By Barb Switzer

The Anamosa High School Counselor's Office is available for students and parents to help with course scheduling, college planning, counseling, and help to find other services available for the families.  More information is available on additional pages of the web site under Counselor's Newsletters, College Planning, and Scholarships.  Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.   

Trent Jeffrey (tjeffrey@anamosa.k12.ia.us  319-462-3594 ext. 1634),

Kori Leighty (kleighty@anamosa.k12.ia.us  319-462-3594 ext. 1624),

Secretary: Barb Switzer (Bswitzer@anamosa.k12.ia.us 319-462-3594 ext. 1614).  

Counseling Fax # 1-319-462-2503



The Role of the Professional School Counselor

Professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling making them uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, personal/social and career development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle/junior high and high schools; in district supervisory positions; and counselor education positions.


Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration, professional school counselors promote equity and access to rigorous educational experiences for all students. Professional school counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community and address the needs of all students through culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling program. The American School Counselor Association recommends a school-counselor-to-student ratio of 1:250.

Why High School Counselors?

High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. Secondary 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 full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The professional high school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with educational reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership is encouraged as it enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.

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