Guidance & Counseling:
The philosophy of the Saint Francis High School Guidance and Counseling Department has its roots in the tradition of Holy Cross. Our commitment is to educate the whole person by providing an environment where students achieve their highest potential through intellectual, social and spiritual development.
The Guidance and Counseling Department strives to encourage individuals to grow in awareness of their potential and to become lifelong learners with the capacity to be successful in a rapidly changing world. As a department, we seek to empower students to examine their possibilities during the high school years and to set personal and academic goals that will lead to success. Our vision is to enhance the lives of our students by assisting in the realistic and mature decisions they will make about academic and college goals.
Guidance and Counseling Director
Counseling Department Personnel
Michael Conley: Guidance and Counseling Director, College Counselor
E-mail; 650 968-1213 ext. 250
Michael Conley is the Counseling and Guidance Director at Saint Francis High School. A member of the Foreign Language and Social Studies faculty since 2008, he chose teaching as his second career after more than 20 years in the world of international business in Asia. He has lived in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, working with high tech companies and establishing relations with international business communities.Â He has brought this global perspective to our students at Saint Francis, establishing an international business club, a summer immersion program for our Chinese language students, and an international awareness to our senior economics program. He founded the Chinese language program at Saint Francis that now offers four years of Mandarin, from entry level through Advanced Placement. Mr. Conley currently teaches the Chinese 1 class offered at Saint Francis.Â Mr. Conley received his B.S. from Georgetown University and has done graduate studies at Santa Clara University and National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He holds a Master's of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of San Francisco, a California state Teaching Credential in Social Studies and Chinese, and is a member ofÂ the National Association for College Admissions Counseling.
Hector Camacho: Sophomore Class Counselor
E-mail; 650 968-1213 ext. 287
Mr. Camacho is in his first year as a guidance counselor and teacher at Saint Francis High School. Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Francis, he served as a teacher and academic/college adviser at CaÃ±ada Middle College, and a teacher and yearbook adviser at Menlo-Atherton High School. Mr. Camacho earned a B.A. in History and Theology/Religious Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a M.A. in Education from Stanford University. In addition to his counseling and teaching duties, Mr. Camacho is the Sophomore Class moderator.
Peter Collins: Academic Lab Teacher
E-mail; 650 968-1213 ext. 627
Mr. Collins comes to Saint Francis from Gateway High School in San Francisco where he taught Special Education - Academic Resource and worked with students with various learning, attention and processing difficulties. His education includes a B.A. in International Relations from Gonzaga University and dual teaching credentials in Single Subject - Social Studies and Special Education - Mild/Moderate from Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif. Mr. Collins has also taught high school Economics and worked with at-risk youth and foster children with serious learning and behavior challenges. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. Collins coaches water polo.
Dona Feizzadeh: College Counselor
E-mail; 650 968-1213 ext. 223
Ms. Feizzadeh is in her fourth year as a guidance counselor at Saint Francis High School. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis. Her strong interest in counseling led Ms. Feizzadeh to obtain her Masters in Counseling from Harvard University. She also holds a California State Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Ms. Feizzadeh clearly adheres to the Holy Cross mission of service to others in that she has worked at charter schools in urban areas during her career. She was a guidance counselor at Saratoga High School before her career at Saint Francis. In addition to her counseling duties, Ms. Feizzadeh is the moderator of Mock Trial.
Katherine Fischer: Learning Specialist
E-mail; 650 968-1213 ext. 226
Ms. Fischer joins Saint Francis High School after working in schools as a therapist for the past six years. In the schools she helped students with learning disabilities get necessary testing and accommodations. Her education includes a B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University, a M.S. in Educational Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from The American School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Fischer also coaches the JV softball team.
Sally Leitch Holden: Freshman Class Counselor
E-mail; 650-968-1213 ext. 251
Mrs. Leitch Holden has served as a guidance counselor at Saint Francis High School for 15 years. Sje joined Saint Francis in January 1995, first as a Social Studies and English teacher and then as part of the Counseling Department. She graduated from Cedar Crest College with a B. A. in English and holds a M.A. in Counseling from Seton Hall University. Mrs. Leitch is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling. In addition to her counseling duties, she also serves as moderator of the Teen Awareness Program (TAP).
Annette Nassir: College Counselor
E-mail; 650-968-1213 ext. 222
Ms. Nassir is in her seventh year as a guidance counselor. She has extensive experience in college admissions, most recently at the University of California at Berkeley and previously at Drexel University and Wesleyan College. She also served as a college advisor at Palo Alto High School. She graduated from Wesleyan College with a B.A. in History and Sociology and has completed course work at the University of Chicago in Social Sciences. Mrs. Nassir is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling. She also serves as moderator of the National Honor Society.
Carrie Peck: Sophomore Class Counselor
E-mail; 650-968-1213 ext. 268
Ms. Peck is in her first year as a guidance counselor at Saint Francis High School. She attended California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly, SLO) where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and minored in Psychology. Ms. Peck developed an interest in counseling from her introduction to Psychology, which led her to pursue and obtain her Masters in Counseling Psychology and California State Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of San Francisco. Ms. Peck also holds a certificate in College Counseling from UCLA and she is a member of NACAC and WACAC. Prior to joining the Saint Francis community, Ms. Peck worked as an Educational Advisor for a private college counseling firm, as a Freshman Admission Reviewer for UC Santa Cruz and counseled for two years in San Francisco Unified School District. In addition to her counseling duties, Ms. Peck is the CSF moderator.
Dan Quinn: College Counselor
E-mail; 650-968-1213 ext. 679
Mr. Quinn is in his seventh year with the Guidance and Counseling office and his 21 year with the English department. Mr. Quinn has garnered much success as the Advanced Placement English Language teacher at Saint Francis High School. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in English and holds a M.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University. Mr. Quinn is a member of WACAC and the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to his counseling and teaching responsibilities, Mr. Quinn coaches football and works with the track and field team.
Nancy Redding: Learning Specialist
E-mail; 650-968-1213 ext. 677
Mrs. Redding adds her 32 years of experience teaching, testing, tutoring and advising students who have learning or attention difficulties to the Saint Francis Guidance and Counseling Department. Her education includes a B.S. in Education from the University of Texas, Austin and a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Utah with a specialty in Learning Disabilities. She also taught high school English for three years. Mrs. Redding is a member of the International Dyslexia Assn. (Board Member of the Northern California branch) and the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
Sherrie Tasnady: College Counselor
E-mail; 650-968-1213 ext. 224
Mrs. Tasnady is in her 27th year as a guidance counselor at Saint Francis High School and her 36th year in education. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree as well as teaching credentials in both English and the Social Sciences at the University of California at Davis. A strong passion to counsel teens led to completion of a Masters in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College. Mrs. Tasnady has toured hundreds of colleges and universities in an effort to assist her students in making the best college match. She is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, the Western Association of College Admission Counseling, and a trained consultant for the University of California Berkeley Bay Area Writing Project. Mrs.Tasnady is also the Moderator of the Stock Market Club.
Matt Essary: Freshman Class Counselor
E-mail; 650 968-1213 ext. 693
Mr. Essary, a former Lancer, returns to Saint Francis High School in his first year as a guidance counselor. His interest in guidance and counseling developed during his years as a Saint Francis student where he learned the importance of the human connection during an El Salvador immersion trip. He attended Santa Clara University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minored in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. He returned to Santa Clara University where he is currently finishing his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy.