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My Mission

As School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.  I look forward to offering support to students, staff, families, and community members.

My goal is to create a positive and supportive environment conducive to learning and success.  Please know that I am dedicated in making every possible effort to make certain that all students receive as much personal assistance as possible to ensure that their years at San Augustine High School are productive and meaningful.



Como la Consejera Escolar, mi responsabilidad primordial es promover el desarrollo académico, social y personal de todos los estudiantes.  Estaré ofreciendo siempre el mejor apoyo a estudiantes, maestros, familias y miembros de la comunidad.

Mi objetivo es crear un entorno positivo y propicio para el aprendizaje y el éxito.  Quiero que sepan que estoy dedicada en hacer todo el esfuerzo posible para asegurarme que todos los estudiantes reciban la mayor atención como sea posible para asegurar que sus años en la Escuela Preparatoria San Augustine (San Augustine High School) sea productiva y significativa. 

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Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: The BIG Virtual College Fair!

The BIG virtual college fair is scheduled for Monday, September 25th.
As a young adult, choosing a college is one of the first big decisions you’ll make. Attending The Big Virtual - College Admissions Fair will help you clarify your options. It will give you the confidence that you’ve made the right choice. What makes this virtual fair so special is that you can participate using a tool you’re very familiar with - your smartphone. The event allows you to directly communicate with representatives of colleges of interest using modern techniques you love such as text and video chat, and live streaming all in one sitting. The system makes it easy and quick to get the details you need about your favorite schools so you can make an informed decision and move on to the next great phase of your life!
Get registered today!  Go to:

Seniors: Why You Need to Complete the FAFSA

Why You Need to File the FAFSA
If you want financial aid, the FAFSA is your first and most important step.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It's the primary application colleges use to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. Some colleges also use the FAFSA to award "institutional aid" -- the grants and scholarships the college funds itself.
Who Should File a FAFSA? Everyone!
Even if you think you won't qualify for financial aid, file a FAFSA anyway. You might qualify after all. Plus, it's the only way to become eligible for low-interest federal student loans.
Complete the FAFSA ASAP
Some colleges award financial aid on a first come, first served basis or have priority financial aid deadlines. To put yourself at the front of the line, it's best to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after it becomes available on October 1.
To find out more about the FAFSA -- including what it asks, what documents you'll need to get started, who you can ask for help, and what happens after you file it -- read the full article at:

Seniors: University of Houston Cougar Preview Day




Seniors planning on attending the University of Houston are encouraged to

attend Cougar Preview—U of H's largest open house for future students—on

 Saturday, Oct. 21or  Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017!

This event is a great time for students to get a preview of the UH experience!

At Cougar Preview, students will be able to:

  • See our 667-acre campus, including a sneak peek of our residence halls
  • Learn about our admission requirements
  • Academic programs and campus life
  • Interact with faculty, staff, and current students
  • Experience what it's like to be a Houston Cougar

For information and to register, go to:

Questions? Contact us at (832) 842-9060 or

Seniors: Aggieland Information Day Registration is Open

The registration has opened for Aggieland Information Day scheduled for Monday, November 20, 2017.


Aggieland Information Day is a day program in the fall where prospective freshman and transfer students can visit campus and hear from Admissions, Scholarships & Financial Aid, and the colleges. Additionally, visitors will be able to go on a campus walking tour and visit a residence hall. This program is open to the public and registration is required.


For more information, prospects can visit: 

To register:

Juniors and Seniors: Top Ten College Qualities You SHOULD NOT Ignore!

Ten College Qualities You Shouldn't Ignore
There's more to know about colleges than you think.
The following college qualities are easy to overlook. But they can have a profound impact on your college experience.
    • Class availability. How easy is it to get into the classes you'll need, especially classes required for your major?
    • Support services. What support services are available, such as academic advising and counseling?
    • Interaction with the outside world. How often do students volunteer in the community or interact with the world through study and service work abroad?
    • Weekends. What happens on campus when classes aren't in session? Do most students stick around? Or do they desert the campus?
  • Diversity. How diverse is the student body? Will you meet people with a wide range of backgrounds and interests?
Take time to make the right college decisions.
What you don't know can hurt you! Include the not-so-obvious factors in your research now so you can make better decisions down the road and minimize surprises.
Read the full article to find out about all 10 qualities and why they matter at:

Senior Athletes: Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship Award Opportunity

Once again, Wendy's® High School Heisman® is awarding a total of $150,000 in scholarships to the nation’s most accomplished scholar-athletes. With winners from every school, 100 State Winners, 10 National Finalists, and 2 National Winners, graduating seniors have lots of ways to join the ranks of more than 600,000 past winners!

This year’s winners from our school will compete for 100 scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, along with recognition at the state and national levels. And a chance starts with you.


All senior athletes are encouraged to apply at: 


Juniors and Seniors: International/National Virtual College Fair

Universities in the U.S. & Beyond
This  free Virtual University Fair is on August 30th!
Students are encouraged to register!!!   At the event you'll be able to ask  questions directly to admissions officers in live text chats and video webcasts.

You'll also be able to get advice from application experts and EducationUSArepresentatives and win up to $6,000 in scholarships just for viewing 5 university profile pages on CollegeWeekLive!
For more information and to register, go to:

Juniors and Seniors: Online College Fair

Register for the Largest National Online College Admissions Fair of the Year

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  September 25th, 2017

The new modern and much more efficient fair is now online. This year, on September 25th, join other high schools from around the country in attending The Big Virtual - National Online College Admissions Fair.

This VIRTUAL event has the following benefits:

  • 100s of Colleges in One Event - is working very hard to bring hundreds of top US colleges to the fair
  • Attend from Anywhere - No travel required. Students and parents can attend the event from anywhere (high school venue recommended)
  • Only a Smartphone Required - Attendees only need their smartphone, tablet, or computer browser
  • Modern Livestream and Chat Communication - Students speak with college reps via livestream and video/text chat

Juniors and Seniors: Narrowing Down your College List

Narrowing Down Your College List
Tempted to apply to all the colleges you can? Don't!
You might have found 20 or more colleges that sound interesting, and that's great. But if you apply to them all, you're in for a lot of stress, rushed applications -- and maybe disappointing results. Here are some tips for avoiding this disaster.
Include attractive "likelies" on your college list.
All colleges on your ultimate list should be ones you like and want to attend. This includes your safeties -- the ones likely to admit you.
Include "financial safeties."
Apply to colleges likely to be affordable. Make sure the estimated net price is reasonable, and that other cost factors -- such as a low four-year graduation rate -- don't raise red flags.
Accept that some schools are always reaches.
You may have the best GPA in the state, but your odds at highly selective schools are always a "maybe." Make sure you apply to other colleges you would be happy to attend.
Let your idea of "fit" keep evolving.
Many students change their minds about what they want in a college as they get to know colleges in depth.
To learn more about refining your college list step by step, read the full article

Seniors: Scholarship Opportunity: 2017 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Awards. Educational grants are available for students who are part of the graduating class of 2018. Recipients will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community, and for their focus in various educational categories. Categories include:

  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Community Service
  • Education
  • Healthcare & Science
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
These will be awarded in 10 regional ceremonies across the country in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco/Bay Area, and Washington, DC.

The application deadline is Monday, October 2nd, 2017 at:

Feel free to contact us at or 202-861-9797 with any questions.