Grades 7, 8 & 9

Sofia Bertocci (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is one of two counselors for students in grades 7-9. She works with students whose last names start with the letters M-Z. She graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in English. She also earned an M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. in Professional School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to coming to Woodstock Union Middle School and High School, she was a middle and high school counselor for 16 years. Most recently, Sofia was Director of Counseling at Black River Middle and High School in Ludlow, VT. In addition, she has experience teaching abroad as well as with outdoor education and adventure-based therapy.

Sofia is a board member for Ascutney Outdoors and has a strong appreciation of the outdoors and the natural world. She is an avid cyclist and cross country skier. She has coached both sports and enjoys working with children of all ages.

 

Vali Stuntz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.is the school counselor for Woodstock Union Middle School. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.A. in Psychology and received an M.A. in Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, with a focus in Strategic Family Therapy. Vali has also completed numerous post-graduate courses as part of her ongoing professional development and to meet the qualifications for additional professional certifications. These include a Vermont certification in School Guidance, Vermont certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor and certification as an Emergency First Responder.
Vali came to this position with 16 years of training and experience working with children, adolescents and their families in a variety of educational, clinical and community settings. She's also been involved in program development, clinical research projects, wellness education, and parent education. Most importantly, she has made it her life work to assist youth to realize their potential, develop their dreams and then set a course of action. Whether she is working with an individual, a group of students, parents or an entire family, her focus has always been to assist with effective communication, clarify and work towards goals, and guide individuals to make healthy choices that will enable them to attain their goals and to lead joyful, healthy and productive lives.

Grades 10, 11 & 12

Chris Cate  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Sociology and received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Goddard College. He has experiences working in residential programs for youth, mental health facilities, group homes, public schools, and rehabilitating individuals from the department of corrections. He has also been a licensed foster parent, soccer and lacrosse coach, and scrap metal and recycling manager. Interests are skiing, swimming, rafting, being outdoors, helping students reach their goals and dreams, and hanging out with his family Gretchen, Ronan, and Mairin.

Nerissa Edwards (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Education. She earned her Masters of Art in Counseling from Johnson State College. She has experiences working in residential programs for youth, mental health agencies, and public schools. She has worked at Montpelier High School, Crossett Brook Middle School, Thatcher Brook Elementary School and Reading Elementary School. In addition, Nerissa has facilitated several parenting courses and coordinated mentoring programs. She has served as Intern supervisor for Johnson State College and the University of Vermont. She is currently a Board member of the Vermont State Counselor’s Association. 

Nerissa has a strong commitment to community service and is currently A Wish Granter for Make A Wish of Vermont. She is also training her dog to be a therapy service animal.

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WUHSMS
100 Amsden Way
Woodstock, Vermont 05091

  • High School: (802) 457- 1317
  • Middle School: (802) 457- 1330

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