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Students of the Month October 2018

 Congratulations to the following students of the month. Christopher Carter, Reiko Scilingo, Alan Villanueva, Sebastian Gomez Valdez, Olivia Merrick, Alma Hernandez, Kendyl Brower, Laura Lipponen, Ron Belman, Kristie Herrera Garrido, Enya Walker, Jakob Silva, Ilda Livia Huoponen, Lindsay Harris, Lilou Gervais, Irvin Alvarado Martinez (not pictured), Peter Sanfilippo, Francisco Guardarrama. Great job everyone! (Miller)

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Counselor Bios

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Carolina Pizano




Hometown: Madera, CA

Your Alma Mater: San Jose State, BA Social Science Teacher Preparation, Minor: Mexican American Studies, M Ed. Counseling and Student Personnel, PPS

What is the best part of your job: I love working with all students and watching them succeed. Having worked in education for 15 years, every year and student brings a new experience. Learning of my students success and obstacles and supporting them throughout is what makes counseling such a rewarding career. 

Tips for success at Westmont: The best advice I could give to students is to ask for help. Reach out to your teachers and counselor and ask for help the moment you feel that you are falling behind or need to check for understanding. Another piece of advice would be to get out of your comfort zone! Seeing all the sports, clubs, etc. that Westmont has to offer can help build a rounded individual. 

Tell us something about you: I love to travel, I played soccer for 20 years and love everything sports!


Diane Lindsay E-Lim
Diane Lindsay



Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA

Your Alma Mater: Bachelors of Arts, Washington State University, Pullman, WA;  Master of Education, City University, Seattle, WA

What is the best part of your job: The best part about my job is having the opportunity to be a part of my students future planning. I love it most when I get to sit down and really get to know my students, learning about their interests and supporting each one in their individual goals.

Tips for success at Westmont: Ask for help when you need it! Teachers want to support you! When we can learn to ask for help, we become better people and students. Join a club or sport! Invest in your high school experience, make the most of your time here on campus.

Tell us something about you: I have two crazy kiddos. I can never turn down French fries. Coffee is my best friend.

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Fizza Moalem



Hometown: San Jose, CA

Your Alma Mater: San Jose State

What is the best part of your job: Meeting students and getting to know their educational and overall life goals. I think it's great to be part of that process and provide guidance where needed. I also love seeing students overcome obstacles to graduate and move on to amazing schools.

Tips for success at Westmont: Be an advocate for yourself. Only YOU can make things happen for yourself. YOU can ask for help from teachers, peers, and/or support staff. 

Tell us something about you: I am a product of the CUHSD. I'm a proud Prospect Panther ; )

Miriam Wesson Rem-Z
Miriam Wesson



Hometown: Downey, CA

Your Alma Mater: San Jose State, M.Ed, PPS

 What is the best part of your job: I love helping the students prepare for their post- secondary life. The best part of my job is guiding them through their four years in choosing classes and pathways for success at graduation. I enjoy meeting with the students and having them share with me their interests and good news. This is the best age group because they are planning their future and I get to be a part of that!

Tips for success at Westmont:  Become a part of the school community. Play a sport, join a club, become a volunteer in the community. Get to know your teachers, communicate with them and keep yourself updated by always checking Canvas for homework, grades or important announcements. Take advantage of Study Hall and tutoring in HW Center. Be proactive!

Tell us something about you: I taught Spanish for 21 years before making the move to guidance advisor. My two hobbies are hiking and reading.

Erika Flores, Lin-Rem
Erika Flores

Currently on Leave



Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Your Alma Mater: California State University, Long Beach. M.S. Counseling, P.P.S.

What is the best part of your job: The best part about my job is when I am able to meet my students, get to know them and learn about their interests. I enjoy supporting them throughout their High School journey on multiple pathways to their post-secondary goals.

Tips for success at Westmont: Self-care is key! Breathe, take care of yourself and maintain a healthy balance. Get involved! Join a club, sport, or pursue a volunteer/work opportunity in something you enjoy. Communicate! Reach out to your teachers and ask for help when you need it. Take advantage of Study Hall and tutoring in HW Center. Don’t procrastinate!

Tell us something about you: Gryffindor, with Hufflepuff tendencies. Love to travel. Tambien hablo Español.