Welcome to the Upper Dauphin Area High School Guidance Counselor’s webpage! The focus of the Counseling department is to provide students with support in their academic, personal/social, and career development. As school counselors, we help students with conflict resolution skills, career awareness, college planning, scholarship searches, high school scheduling, testing (PSAT, AP, PSSA, NOCTI), 504 plans, coping with peer pressure and stress, improving attendance, enrolling and withdrawing from the district and much more. Please feel free to contact your child’s assigned counselor by phone or email to discuss your students’ needs.

We have two counselors and a secretary at the high school. The counselors are each assigned to two classes according to year of graduation and follow the students throughout high school. This allows the counselors and students to get to know each other better which enables the counselor to better assist students in post-graduation planning. Our secretary, Marcia Schell, works hard at maintaining and advertising all of the scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors.

Secretary – Counseling & Athletic Department – Marcia Schell – 363-6476 or schellm@udasd.org

Counselor for current 9th and 11th grades: Lora Nestor – MA, NCC 362-6472 or Email Lora Nestor

Counselor for current 10th and 12th grades: Amy Heinbach – MA 362-6474 or Email Amy Heinbach

Personal Counseling Services: The counselors have an “open door policy,” which means that students are welcome to come into the office anytime the door is open. Students are either referred by a peer, parent, teacher, the SAP process, or come in on their own. The counselors are professionally trained to counsel students individually or in small groups on issues such as depression, anger management, grief and loss, self-esteem, crisis management, divorce, bullying, conflict resolution, study skills, time management and many other issues. When the counselor deems it necessary, he/she will contact the parent and may recommend counseling through an outside agency.