Academic Services

Saint Gertrude is committed to providing a supportive learning environment that meets the needs of all girls and encourages them to build academic habits to be an excellent student. To that end, School Counselors and a Learning Specialist work in tandem to guide and support students academically, socially, and emotionally.

  • School Counselors and the Learning Specialist meet with students on a drop-in and regularly scheduled basis.
  • A dedicated Learning Specialist develops a comprehensive list of students with learning needs, reviews psycho-educational evaluations, and holds review meetings with families.
  • The Learning Specialist works with students to help them develop and implement strategies for organization, study, note taking, test taking and self-advocacy in achieving their academic goals.
  • The Learning Specialist collaborates with teachers to implement classroom accommodations and to monitor student progress.
  • The Learning Specialist coordinates with the school counselors and academic dean to provide a variety of academic, social/emotional, and learner-centered services to students.
  • The Academic Advising and Counseling Department provides a list of private tutors for students when needed.


Carolyn Holshouser

Assistant to Director of Counseling Services Year started at SGHS: 2010 Years in education: 26 Hometown:  Richmond, VA Fun Facts: Mother of daughter Erin (SGHS 2003) and son Erich. Spend most weekends at the beach.  I enjoy walking, riding motorcycles (on the back!), working in the yard, reading and cooking.

Anne Jamerson

Learning Resource Teacher Years at SGHS: 4 Hometown: Richmond, Va. Experience: 5 years as a learning resource teacher , 20 years as a tutor in area private and public schools Recent Workshops/Classes:  Strategy Training with Karen Rooney, Ph.D  ; Cross Cultural Communication ; When Chronic Illness Enters the Classroom;Computers for Educators ; Anti-Bulllying Workshop ; Gendered Classroom Teaching Fun [...]

Lindsay Holtz

SGHS History: I started here as the part-time campus minister in 2016 and my role has evolved over the past few years. Hometown:  Richmond, VA Why I wanted to be a counselor: I told my college advisor that I wanted to work with “normal people with normal issues”… this is what I came up with!  I [...]

Penny Deck

How did you get into college counseling? My first career was in human resource management working for Fortune 500 companies like Fedex and GE but I left my career in business to work in education because I wanted to do something more meaningful and to work with children and youth. I started in school counseling in Chesterfield [...]