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Daniela Azuela


Hometown: San Jose, CA

Your Alma Mater: De Anza College, Associate Degree in Liberal Studies. Transferred to University of California, Davis, and obtained a Bachelor Degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. Then, attended California State University, East Bay for a Master of Science Degree in Counseling: dual option in School Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, PPS. 

What is the best part of your job: Being part of your high school journey! I enjoy getting to know what your hopes and dreams are, and  together, we can create an academic plan that includes your interests and values. I hope to provide you with the support and resources you need to achieve your personal, education and career aspirations. 

Tips for success at Westmont: Take advantage of every opportunity and ask questions! There is a saying in Spanish, "preguntando se llega a Roma." In other words, "you get to Rome by asking questions." I live by this dicho, and sometimes you won't know what you don't know, and that's okay! That's why we're here. There are so many opportunities that you can take to get a head start in your higher education including, but not limited to Honor/AP courses, dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment or even Middle College. It's never too early to start exploring what it is you want to do after high school! 

Tell us something about you: My name is Daniela Azuela and I go by she/her/ella pronouns. También se habla español! I was born in San Jose, California and moved to Leon Guanajuato, Mexico, when I was 10 years old. After six years, I returned to San Jose, where I graduated from Del Mar High School. I'm a proud daughter of immigrants and I'm also the first one in my family to attend college. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, reading personal and professional development books, gardening and playing Catan and Overcooked 2 with my partner on the PS5. 

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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!

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Kim Basl


Hometown: San Jose, CA

Your Alma Mater: Bachelor of Science in Psychology (William Jessup University); Master of Arts in Education of School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (Concordia University Irvine).

What is the best part of your job: I get to help you along your journey in High School.  High school is difficult with all of the changes and obstacles that come our way, and I want to support you during these challenging or uplifting years.  Let's celebrate your journey together and reach for success towards your future goals!

Tips for success at Westmont:  Stop by my office and ask those questions you have.  I want to help you find an answer to get you back on track towards your success. 

Tell us something about you: I was born in Salem, Oregon and moved to California when I was 2 years old.  I have grown up in the Bay Area my whole life and have loved the amount of diversity and culture that it has shared with me.  I come from a Salvadorian and Serbo-Croation background, so family, friends, and food are a huge part of my life.  I also love going to Disneyland every year; it literally is the happiest place on earth to me.  When I'm at home I am usually cooking, gardening, walking my dog, catching up on my favorite shows, or playing video games on my XboxOne or my Nintendo Switch.  My favorite games are from the Halo series-xbox1, and Zelda BOTW-Nswitch (and I'm actually pretty good at them).  

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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.