School Counselors

Our counseling program is designed to address the needs of all students by helping them acquire competencies in career planning and exploration, knowledge of self/others and educational/vocational development. The school counseling program consists of various programs: individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultations, group guidance, referral assistance to other programs and services in the community, and classroom guidance.


Christine Diaz

School Counselor | Grades 9-11 | Last Names A-K

I am honored and excited to be joining the Marion L. Steele High School counseling team as a school counselor for students grades 9-11, last names A-K. Before joining Amherst, I worked as a school counselor in an alternative school setting with high risk youths, grades 2-12. I am certified in Anxiety and Stress Management; and Trauma and Crisis Management. I am looking forward to working with all students, families, and the Amherst community on social, emotional, and academic success. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

Contact Mrs. Diaz



Sarah Rigda

School Counselor | Grades 9-11 | Last Names L-Z 

I have been a school counselor for the past 15 years and will be entering my 13th year at Marion L. Steele High School. I enjoy working with all students on a social, emotional and academic level. I will be working with students in grades 9 – 11 with the last names starting with L – Z. In addition to my work at Amherst, I am also the program coordinator for the Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program at Cleveland State University and enjoy teaching the graduate classes for this program. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Contact Ms. Rigda


Katheline Santos 

School Counselor | College and Career | Grade 12 

It is with excitement that I continue my counseling journey as the 12th grade, college, and career counselor at Marion L. Steele High School. Previously, I served students as a program coordinator and success coach at Cleveland State University. My education includes a bachelor’s of arts in psychology, and a master's in education with a focus on school counseling and trauma-informed care certification. As the 12th-grade, college, and career counselor, I look forward to partnering with seniors and their families to develop their post-graduation plans. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Contact Ms. Santos

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