Welcome to EPHS Counseling!

  • Welcome to the Counseling Page at Estes Park High School! I am here to serve all members of the school community; students, teachers, parents, administrators, and the Estes Park community. I hold a Masters in Counseling in Career Development with a specialization in School Counseling from Colorado State University as well as being a Nationally Certified Counselor. My passion is supporting students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development. I believe in the empowerment of youth to create meaningful change in this world. 

    The links on the left hand side of the page provide access to a wide array of information and resources. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or requests for support. 

What is a School Counselor?

  • The Estes Park School District R-3 will offer academic counseling and emotional support for all students.  An individualized academic plan will be developed, ensuring that students are meeting specific standards and graduation requirements.  Students can also contact their Counselor for emotional support or in the event of an emergency or crisis.

    “Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement."

    – “Toward a Blueprint for Youth: Making Positive Youth Development a National Priority,” 

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Why High School Counselors?

  • "High school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. Secondary school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. The high school counselor holds a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with educational reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership is encouraged as it enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness."

Who are School Counselors?

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High School Counselor

Hannah Heckerson

The Role of the School Counselor

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