The guidance program at MSC is made up of two high school counselors, one junior high counselor and 35 teacher-counselors. The department serves the needs of students, parents, and faculty.
The school counselors are responsible for counseling and advising students. Counseling includes dealing with personal, family, and relational problems; college selection; and the resolution of issues of concern. Advising usually includes working with students on study habits, time management skills, and course selection. Serious attention is given to aiding students and parents with the college selection process.
Two parent programs are offered dealing with the college application and placement process. The first, held in the fall of the student's junior year, focuses on all the information that is covered with students during the group guidance sessions of both the junior and senior years. The second, held in December of the senior year, focuses on the financial aid process and is conducted by a local college financial aid officer.
|The Teacher-Counselor program is the foundation of the Academy's commitment to caring. The "TC" is the every day guidance counselor and serves as an advocate for the student on a regular basis. Our goal is to keep students from "falling through the cracks" and to be sure that MSC is a place where every student is known, valued, and treasured.|
Each Teacher-Counselor is also a homeroom teacher. In addition to regular homeroom duties, the "TC" holds students accountable for unstructured time, encourages and supports, stays in touch with content teachers, serves a contact person for parents, and makes referrals to guidance peronnel when necessary. Teacher-Counselors meet with the entire group twice daily, at the beginning and the end of the day, and with each student individually. Individual meetings may be formal or informal and are used to discuss academic progress and personal concerns.
|As a college preparatory school, Mount Saint Charles places a great deal of emphasis on the college placement process. Approximately 99% of our students go on to college, with 97% attending a four-year institution and 2% continuing at a two-year college. Our students are awarded more than $10 million in scholarships and grants annually. MSC uses the Naviance guidance tracking system.|
Group guidance sessions are held during the junior and senior years and cover various topics such as PSAT and SAT preparation, career exploration, college applications, application essays, the Common Application, interviews, financial aid & scholarship opportunities, and choosing the right college. Additionally, individual sessions with a school counselor are required of each senior to personally review the student's progress on the college selection process.
Mr. Steven Bastow
Steven Bastow joined the Mount faculty in the fall of 1991 serving as a counselor in the Guidance Center. Prior to coming to Mount, he worked in 2 Catholic high schools in the Dioceses of Providence and Rockville Center, New York where he taught History and Religious Studies before going into Guidance and Counseling.
At Mount, Mr. Bastow has served as a class moderator and for several years served as moderator of the Student Administrative Council. He currently serves as moderator of Mount’s Mock Trial team.
Mr. Bastow earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Relations from Saint Joseph’s College in New York and a Master's of Education Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Providence College. He is a member of the Rhode Island School Counselor Association, The College Board, and the New England Association for College Admission Counseling. In 2008, Mr. Bastow was named Counselor of the Year by the New England Association for College Admission Counseling.
Mrs. Vivian Ferry
Vivian Ferry arrived at Mount Saint Charles in 1982 after teaching for 4 years in the Bronx, New York. She was hired as the Reading Specialist and conducted the reading program for 18 years. She also has taught several sections of Psychology since that time and continues to teach Advanced Placement Psychology to this day. Mrs. Ferry is a member of the American Psychological Association and has been an adjunct professor at the Community College of Rhode Island since 1985.
Presently, Mrs. Ferry is a member of the Guidance Department and has been serving students in grades 7-12 since 2000. She is a member of the Rhode Island School Counselor Association and New England Association for College Admission Counseling. She is happily married to a retired MSC chemistry teacher and lives in Cranston, R.I. She is not related, but good friends with, the "other" Mrs. Ferry in the science department!
Miss Susan Tessier
Director of Guidance
Susan Tessier has been with Mount Saint Charles Academy since 1975. She started as a Religion and English teacher, participated on the MSC school board, became a guidance counselor, and since 1984 has served as Mount's Director of Guidance. She has also been very active with our MSC students and their extracurricular activities. She served as the student council advisor as well as the coach for girls varsity softball and girls varsity basketball. She was also the intramural girls softball coordinator as well the girls junior high school basketball coach.
Prior to coming to Mount, Miss Tessier worked at Woonsocket Catholic Regional High School as an English teacher and the English department chair. She received her Bachelor's Degree in English with a concentration in secondary eduction from Rhode Island College. Also at RIC, she completed graduate work in counselor education.
Miss Tessier is actively involved in several professional and community organizations as well. She is a member of: the RI Association for Counseling and Development; the New England Association of College Admission Counselors; the American Counseling Association; and the National Catholic Educational Association. An avid golfer, Miss Tessier has served as a founding committee member, the rules chairperson and corresponding secretary to the Ocean State Women's Golf Association.
In 2003, Miss Tessier received the High School Counselor of the Year award from the New England Association of College Admissions Counselors. She also was the recipient of the URI Girls High School Coach of the Year Award, and in 2010 Miss Tessier was named High School Counselor of the Year by the Rhode Island College Admissions Offices.