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Elizabeth Sigette (A-C)

Elizabeth Sigette is a School Counselor for the Cactus Shadows Counseling Department. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology in Boston, MA, at Northeastern University, and her Master's degree in School Counseling at Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. This is Elizabeth's 6th year in K-12 school counseling. Previously, she was an elementary school counselor for 5 years. This is her first year as a high school counselor, and her 10th year in education. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). 

Within the CSHS counseling team, Elizabeth is the point counselor for scholarships, Junior class presentations, Middle School course registration, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. She enjoys getting to know her students, their goals, and working with their families to ensure that each student is happy and successful.

Phone: 480-575-2412

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Lori Dahne (D-H)

Lori Dahne is a School Counselor and Department Lead for the Cactus Shadows High School Counseling Department. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and her Master’s in Psychology, Guidance and Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the State of Arizona and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Lori is a member of the AZ School Counselor Association (AzSCA) as well as the American Counselor Association (ACA). She began working as a counselor for this district in January of 1999 and was an integral part of the counseling team as they became the first high school in the State of Arizona to have their comprehensive counseling program recognized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as a model program. The award is called RAMP (Recognized ASCA Model Program) and the program has now been recognized for the third time.

While all of the counseling team members are generalists, each has a primary focus, serving as the point of contact for certain domain areas and events. Lori covers the Career domain for the department, coordinates and organizes the annual College and Career fair, serves as the point of contact for the military, coordinates the PSAT exam, coordinates and plans the PSAT lesson for the 10th graders, and the PSAT College Comparison lesson for the juniors. She coordinates the Sophomore Career Exploration lesson, high school registration with administration, and the Planning for College and Career Night presentation. Lori serves as liaison for the in-state college fairs, supervises counseling internships, communicates upcoming events and counseling news to the students and families through the counseling newsletter, and serves as the Counseling Department Chair/Lead. She enjoys focusing on the students (during individual, small group and classroom settings) and meeting with their families as the students prepare for life after high school.

 

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Abby Polonsky (I-M)

Abby Polonsky is a School Counselor for the Cactus Shadows Counseling Department. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, her Master's degree in Community Counseling at National Louis University in Chicago, IL, and her Post-Master's certification in School Counseling also from National Louis University. This is Abby's sixteenth year in education. Previously, she was an administrator for 5 years at a private therapeutic day school and spent 10 years as the lead counselor at the largest public high school in Illinois. Abby is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Illinois and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Arizona. She is a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). 
 
As a school counselor, Abby's primary goal is to create a nurturing and inclusive environment where every student feels heard, valued, and empowered. She firmly believes that a strong partnership between students, parents, guardians, and educators is essential for the holistic development of all students. Abby is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to create a positive and supportive school environment that fosters growth and success.

 

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Areva Neely (N-R)

Ms.Neely was raised in Southern,CA. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in business administration in the spring of 2015 and a Master's in educational leadership spring of 2022 from California Baptist University. She is currently working on her  Master's/PPS credential for School counseling from Alliant International University and will graduate in 2024. 

Ms. Neely opened a tutoring program during the pandemic called "Little Inspirations Tutoring Program," helping parents they would still be able to work. At the same time, their children had a safe space to do school work, study the bible, and make friends. Areva is the author of four books targeting teenage girls. 

Ms. Neely is not only an author; she is a youth minister, mentor, motivational speaker, optimal health educator,and business owner. Areva's primary goal is to open a youth center in her city to inspire the youth to exemplify their talents without compromising their values while obtaining a higher education.

 

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Holly Radford (S-Z)

Hi! My name is Ms. Radford and I am so excited to be joining the counseling team at Cactus Shadows! I recently moved here from a small coastal town in North Carolina, where I was born and raised. I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks), and I am one semester shy from completing my second Masters from Liberty University. This will be my 2nd year as a School Counselor, and my 5th year working with high-school aged students. 

I believe that high school is a time where students start to find their voice and discover their "why", and I am grateful to be there to help along the way. I cannot wait to meet you all and I am looking forward to a great year. Go Falcons!

 

hradford@ccusd93.net