School Counseling

The goal of the counseling services department is to foster students’ academic, intellectual and personal growth while empowering them to take ownership of the college process and their futures.The office partners with faculty and families to support each student as she grows and matures into a successful young woman. Listed below is a sampling of services provided.

2019-20 Saint Gertrude School Profile

Academic Counseling

  • Counsel students in course selection and academic goals
  • Communicate with parents regarding academic pursuits and concerns
  • Coordinate PSAT and SAT review sessions
  • Administer the PSAT for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
  • Coordinate and administer AP exams
  • Maintain student academic records

College Counseling

  • Administer self-assessment questionnaire to identify talents, strengths, interests, goals
  • Develop personalized plans to guide each student and her parents through the college process
  • Assist students throughout the college process
  • Arrange college and university admission officer visits to campus
  • Offer college financial aid workshops with guest speakers

Personal Counseling

  • Introduce freshmen to counseling services through individual meetings
  • Meet with referred students and those seeking help
  • Support and encourage students and their families
  • Direct students and their families to appropriate professionals
  • Provide mediation where applicable


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 [...]