Ms. Annie Yu
Gr. 9-12: D-H
Room: Counseling Office
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext: 43217
Mrs. Kristen Nelson
Gr. 9-12: I-Mc
Room: Counseling Office
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext: 43293
Kristen Nelson has been a staff member at Palos Verdes High School since the school reopened in 2002. Prior to becoming a counselor, Kristen's roles at PVHS included Activities Director, History Teacher and Cheer/Song Coach . Kristen obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree from UC Santa Barbara, a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University and her Pupil Personal Services Credential from UCLA. Kristen is a native to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and loves working in the community that she grew up in. She currently lives in Rancho Palos Verdes with her husband Chris and two daughters, Davia and Finley.
Ms. Heidi Shulman
Gr. 9-12: S-Z
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext: 43220
No stranger to the peninsula, Heidi grew up in Palos Verdes. Heidi earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona and her Master of Arts in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Loyola Marymount University. Heidi also holds the College Counseling Certification from UCLA Extension. Prior to coming to PVHS, Heidi served as the school counselor at Ridgecrest Intermediate School for six years.
Jennifer Shannon received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from California State Dominguez Hills and her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Campbellsville University. Before joining PVHS, Jen worked in diverse backgrounds, including animal hospitals helping individuals grieve the loss of their pets, community-based low-income programs, drug & alcohol, and mental health treatment centers. Jennifer has extensive experience working with addiction and individuals struggling with a loved one with an active addiction. Through Jen's diverse personal and clinical experience, she can connect with clients from all walks of life and makes clients feel safe, heard, and understood.
She uses interactive and experiential approaches alongside evidence-based therapies such as Internal Family Systems, Somatic Parts Work, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Inner Child work. Jen is passionate about helping students unravel negative thought patterns, increase self-worth, and learn tools to cope better with stress management and manage challenging emotions. Jen is passionate about helping clients find their voice, inner strength, and personal empowerment. She believes all feelings are valid. Jen knows therapy is hard, and she will walk with you and be your biggest support along the way. When Jen is not working, she enjoys traveling about being immersed in cultures and hanging out at the beach with her dog Pop Pop.
Mrs. Joanne Lewis
Director, College & Career Center
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 43618
Joanne is a native of Long Island, NY where she attended Dowling College and Adelphi University. Joanne enjoyed the wonderful opportunity of living and working in both Switzerland and Kenya, and received her Master of Science degree in Management and Organizational Development from the United States International University in Nairobi. After moving to Palos Verdes with her family in 2001, Joanne eventually began working with the PVPUSD in the office of Pupil Services. Joanne is especially proud to work together with the counseling department and to assist students in their aspirations related to college and career. Joanne is a member of WACAC (Western Association of College Admission Counselors) and NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counselors). She has one daughter who attended schools within the PVPUSD.
Mrs. Teresa Hoffman
Scholarship & Financial Aid Coordinator
Phone: 310-378-8471 Ext. 43347
Teresa Hoffman attended the University of California at Davis, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies. She worked for Ashland, Inc. for several years in marketing and technical support. Before joining the staff at PVHS in 2009, she volunteered extensively in the College and Career Center and experienced the college admissions/financial aid process with her two children. She is currently a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and has attended several of their workshops on financial aid and scholarships. Teresa and her husband, Larry, have lived on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for over 20 years. They have two children who attended schools within the PVPUSD.