About the Counseling Department



Counseling Appointments

The Counseling Office has an open-door policy for all of our students during the school year. When a student would like to talk to their counselor, they may visit our offices at any time before school, after school, during breaks, and at lunch.


Students can sign up on their counselor’s clipboard to make an appointment if their counselor is unavailable.

Due to the many changing events that happen during the day, counselors are unable to take parent walk-ins. To set up a parent appointment, please email your student’s counselor directly.


John Lucente, Counselor

Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade A-Cl


Exchange Student Counselor

PSAT Coordinator

Crisis Response Rep


John has been at OCHS since 2005. Prior to that he taught in Hawaii for nearly 20 years. John has taught everything from p.e. to health to science to math to social studies classes at the middle and high school levels. Additionally, he coached wrestling, football. baseball, track and basketball at the varsity levels. He is married and has two girls, Emily who is 18 years old and Sarah who is 15 years old. John obtained his counseling license from Lewis and Clark. He is proud to be a counselor at the best high school in the state, OCHS.


Brandon Coupe, Counselor

Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade Co-Gre


CCC Partnership Rep

College Field Trip Coordinator

College Night(s) Coordinator


Brandon graduated from the University of Portland with a BA in Psychology, and later received his Masters degree in School Counseling from Loyola College in Maryland.  He has been at OCHS for 3 years, but has 18 years of experience as a school counselor having worked at both Edgewood High School near Baltimore, Maryland from 2001 to 2005, and then at Centennial High School in Gresham from 2005 to 2016.  He enjoys spending time with his fiance and his two kids, likes to travel, and he loves attending both Minor and Major League Baseball games during the summer.


Meagan McBride, Counselor

Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade Gri-Le


Scholarship Coordinator


Meagan grew up locally in the city of Lake Oswego, where she graduated from Lakeridge High School in 2010. As a first generation college student, Meagan was thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue a college degree right after high school. Meagan spent the first two years of her undergraduate career at Portland State University and her final two years at Oregon State University, where she graduated in June 2014 with a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and a minor in Public Health. Meagan then attended Portland State University and received her Master’s degree in Counselor Education in June 2017. When Meagan is not at school, she enjoys cooking, exploring new places to eat,running, and getting out in the wilderness with her husband and Border Collie/Lab mix, Penny.

Teresa Kaufman, Counselor

Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade Li-Pap


Department Chair

AVID Counselor

Forecasting Coordinator


Teresa graduated from University of California at Riverside with a BA in Psychology. She then worked for a mental health agency where she helped at risk youth affected by drugs and alcohol. She later received her MS degree in School Counseling from San Diego State University. Teresa is proud to have worked for Oregon City School District as a school counselor since 2003. In her spare time she enjoys music, art, and above all, spending time with her friends and family.

Melissa Corwin, Counselor

Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade: Par-Spe
AVID Counselor
Naviance & Family Connection Coordinator/Site Manager

Melissa graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Human Development and Psychology. She then later received her Master's degree in School Counseling from George Fox University. Additionally, Melissa has worked with at-risk youth and in international adoption. Melissa is proud to have worked at OCHS since 2009. She enjoys photography, music, traveling, and especially spending time with her husband and two boys.


Brooke Zalewski, Counselor

Caseload by last name: 9-12th grade Spo-Z


Middle School Forecasting Coordinator

AVID Counselor

Financial Aid Night Co-Coordinator 


Brooke first received her AAOT degree and certificate in Medical Terminoloy from Linn Benton Community College, continued on to graduate from Western Oregon University with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Art, and a Master's of Arts in School Counseling from George Fox University.  We were lucky to have had Brooke during her internship year here in the 2015-16 school year.  Brooke was hired the following year and has been a Pioneer since.  Mrs. Z (as her students know her) has experience working with at-risk students and coaching volleyball.  She is a dog mom to a sweet yellow lab and loves to spend her free time reading, painting, going to live music venues, and hiking with her husband, friends and family.





Rachel Kanui, Registrar



Office of the Registrar webpage


Rachel started working at OCHS during the Spring of 2016. She earned her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Paralegal studies and recent experience has been working for the defense in personal injury and construction defect type cases. Her past experiences include management, liability insurance litigation, workers compensation litigation, and environmental construction. Rachel enjoys family vacations, camping, and spending time with her husband, two kids and lab puppy.




Vona Winter, Counseling Secretary


College Visit Coordinator

CCC Skills Competition


Vona has been a Secretary for the Oregon City School District since 2005, she joined our team in 2015. Vona earned her  Associates from Clackamas Community College. She enjoys spending free time with her family, appreciating the great outdoors, and traveling. 




Role of the School Counselor

Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.                                                                                                      

(American School Counseling Association, 2013)


Mission Statement

The mission of OCSD Counseling Department is to maximize the potential of all students by ensuring their academic, career, and personal/social development. These efforts are designed to equitably help all students become responsible members of society.



Oregon City School District believes that the Comprehensive School Counseling Program is an essential and integral component of each and every student’s educational experience. The ultimate goal of the Comprehensive School Counseling Program is that each student will graduate with the personal, academic, career-related skills and knowledge to be able to make self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions. This implementation acknowledges that school counseling is a program coordinated with other educators and community partners incorporating a comprehensive curriculum.

The OCSD counseling program, when fully implemented will provide:

  • A school-counseling program that reaches the needs of all of the students.
  • The school-counseling program utilizes data to evaluate the program and create preventative components.
  • Identification and achievement of student competencies and outcomes through the school-counseling program.
  • Advocate for the equity, access, and success of every student.