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Julia Embry

This is MJEs. Embry's third year at Maria Carrillo High School. She received her Master’s Degree at Sonoma State University and holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.

She has previously worked with elementary, middle and high school students throughout Sonoma County and on the east coast where she grew up. When she is not helping students she loves spending time with her family, enjoying the great outdoors, traveling and reading.

  Students: 9th: A-B; 10th & 11th: A-J; 12th: A-C


DarleenMs. Castanon is the newest member of our Counseling team. She obtained her Master's Degree in counseling from Sacramento State University as well as her undergraduate degree in Business Administration.

She has worked with students in the Mendocino, Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo counties and is excited to start her first year in Sonoma County at Maria Carrillo. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends & family, attending concerts, and playing tabletop games.

Students: 9th: C-J; 12th: D-J

Kim Handel

KimThis is Ms. Handel's second year at Maria Carrillo High School. She received her BA in History from UC Irvine and her MA in Counseling from San Francisco State University.

She worked as a school counselor in East Oakland for four years before coming to Maria Carrillo High School. She loves talking to students about their college and career plans. In her free time Kim enjoys running in Annadel, spending time with friends and family and continuing to explore the Bay Area.

Students: All Grades K-P

Amy Bartholow

AmyMs. Bartholow was a counselor for Santa Rosa City Schools, Elsie Allen High School and Healdsburg High School. This is her fourth year at Maria Carrillo High School. She is also an adjunct instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

Ms. Bartholow's undergraduate degree is from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and she earned her graduate degree at University of San Francisco. Last year, she completed her College Counseling Certificate through University of San Diego.

Students: All grades: Q-Z