COUNSELING AT ASPEN HIGH SCHOOL
The counseling department is committed to participating and maintaining a comprehensive program that supports all student’s academic, social and emotional, and personal development.
AHS counselors provide individual counseling and mediation, academic advisement/scheduling, and crisis intervention to students, as well as supportive services to parents/guardians, families, and staff. They align their practices and principles with the ASCA framework (American School Counselor Association), and follow the CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) curriculum.
Counselors are involved in a variety of services that range from community outreach to in-building and out of building committees.
Josh is a native of Los Angeles, California. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1997, he relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley.
Josh began working for the Aspen School District in 1998 where he served as a P.E. and Reading Paraprofessional at the Elementary School. In 2002, Josh earned his teaching degree in Special Education from Western State College, and worked at the Aspen Middle School as a Special Education teacher until 2008. In the fall of 2008, he moved over to the High School and helped to conceptualize and facilitate the Student Achievement Center (SAC) and the MTSS program. In 2010, Josh earned a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado. He immediately began working as a High School Counselor at AHS, and has served in that role ever since. Josh is married to Dana Bero, an 8th Grade Language Arts teacher at the Aspen Middle School. They have two boys, Jack and Benjamin, and a ridiculous dog named Luna. When he isn't working, Josh enjoys running, playing his drum set, listening to music and cheering on all Los Angeles-based sports teams.
Josh works with families last names A-K.
Kelly Donnelly has been an educator for the past 20 years, working in the Roaring Fork School District as a school counselor at Basalt Middle, Basalt High, and Roaring Fork High Schools. Kelly completed her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Wanting to escape midwest winters, Kelly attended Colorado State University to obtain her Master's degree in School Counseling. After graduating in 2002, Kelly moved to Basalt and has been in the Roaring Fork Valley since. Kelly is a lifelong learner and earned her Educational Leadership License from the University of Denver in 2018. Kelly led the mental health team for RFSD and is passionate about supporting students.
In her free time, you might find Kelly hiking or skiing the area mountains. She loves to travel and lived in Venezuela for 3 months as a Rotary Club Ambassadorial Scholarship recipient. Kelly is married and has twin teenage boys. You will often see Kelly cheering her kids on the sidelines of sporting events. If Kelly wasn't a school counselor, she thinks she would be a great 911 operator.
Kelly works with families last names L-Z.
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Examples of services provided by our school counselors are listed below
- 1:1 counseling support
- Small social/emotional groups
- Academic scheduling and academic interventions/support
- Accommodation plan case management (504’s, ALP’s)
- Peer to peer and student to teacher mediation
- Mental health counseling and outside counseling referrals
- Family meetings to address student concerns
- Classroom presentations that align with ASCA standards and skills
- Substance use/abuse interventions
- Crisis intervention