The purpose of the Guidance Department is to assist teachers, students and parents to function effectively in the educational program of the school.

The Guidance Department handles the following situations:

  • Individual/Group Counseling
  • Enrolling New Students
  • Staffing ESE Students
  • 504 Plans
  • Homebound Students
  • Distribution of Report Cards
  • Maintaining Cumulative Folders
  • Student Scheduling
  • Transfer of Student Grades for New Enrollees
  • Liaison for Elementary and High Schools
  • Career Education/Blueprint Specialist
  • Bus Routes
  • Assistance with Standardized Testing
  • Educational Support Groups
  • Student Success Skills Training
  • Peer Mediation Training and Services

Guidance Counselors

 Eunice Johnson-Guidance Counselor

for C.A.S.E Academy, STEAM Academy, VET Academy & E2020 students



Education Specialist University of Detroit
M.A. University of Detroit
B.A. University of Detroit


I believe the children are our future…
I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique
and special to the world. I will help children to develop their potential by
believing in them as capable individuals. I will assist children in
discovering who they are, so they can express their own opinions and nurture
their own ideas. I have a vision of a world where people learn to respect,
accept, and embrace the differences between us, as the core of what makes
life so fascinating.


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Guidance Counselors

Yailen Bengochea M. S. -Guidance Counselor




  • Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) Major in School Counseling
  • Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) Major in Mental Health Counseling
  • Bachelors of Science (B.S.) Major in Psychology


  • School Guidance and Counseling
  • Mental Health Counselor Intern


Children speak the language of love, they are not born with prejudice, and their vision does not differentiate between races, genders, and or social economic statuses. I believe we should learn from children, we should learn to see, hear, and act using our hearts. We should learn not to complicate the simplicity of life. We should learn to enjoy and be fascinated by the simplest yet most beautiful moments we encounter on a daily. We are here to educate our kids and be educated by them as well. To bring out their hidden potations, in the process of doing so we should remind ourselves that once upon a time we were children ourselves.

Quotes to live by:

  • “Be the Change you wish to see in the World” –Mahatma Gandhi
  • “If you can dream it, you can do it” –Walt Disney
  • “The more you READ, the more things you’ll KNOW. The more that you LEARN, the more places you’ll GO.” –Dr. Seuss




Lisa Bailey -LEA Facilitator


The LEA Facilitator:

  • Monitors and assures the compliance of IEP completion and reevaluations
  • ESE discipline procedures
  • Develops, trains and assists staff in implementing programs
  • Assists teachers in meeting student needs
  • Works with teams in providing the least restrictive environment for learning.

School Psychologist

  Geoffrey Freebern, NCSP

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Schools Served: Crystal Lake Middle, Crystal Lake Elementary, Jesse Keen Elementary, Lakeland High School, Harrison School for the Arts




Certificate of Advanced Study: School Psychology      University at Albany (SUNY)
M.S.: Educational Psychology                                          University at Albany (SUNY)
B.S.:  Psychology & Business Administration                Florida Southern College


Most school psychologists in Polk County Public Schools are an integral part of their assigned schools and are helping to implement Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in both elementary and secondary settings.  Some school psychologists have developed additional skills in assessment and management of low incidence problems, spectrum disorders, behavior change, counseling, crisis assessment and intervention, neuropsychological assessments, and pre-school evaluations.

Our services include:

  • Supporting schools in the implementation of MTSS; we
    • Participate in various school teams
    • Participate in the Positive Behavior Supports process
    • Provide a variety of coaching/consultation activities
    • Organize and analyze data
    • Collaborate with parents, school staff and administrators
    • Assist schools with annual planning and program development
  • Providing direct services in:
    • Individual and group counseling
    • Assessment of students to guide educational decision-making
    • Crisis intervention
    • Training and professional development related to mental health issues and educational concerns
  • Meeting the Child Find obligations to determine ESE eligibility
  • Promoting and implementing programs that enhance the development of the whole child to more successfully meet the requirements of Florida Standards and 21st Century goals.



__________________________________________________________________________________Newsletters & Resources

The following documents (in PDF format) contain valuable, district-approved information for parents, students, and staff members.

District Testing Information


FDOE Commissioner Letter

Scholarship Info