Meet the Counseling Team

  • Please direct all inquiries to our counseling secretary, Ms. Bautista unless you are a student or parent who can locate your alpha assigned below.

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Ms. Brittney Coyle, Counselor A - C

Brittney Coyle is excited to be joining the Nest for the 22-23 school year. This is her 7th year as a school counselor and in total she has been in education for 9 years. Originally from Kansas, Brittney got her Bachelor's in Psychology from Wichita State University in 2014. From there she moved to Colorado and received her Master's in School Counseling from Colorado State University in 2016.
 
Brittney has supported students and families in various areas of Colorado from Fort Collins to Longmont and most recently Aurora. She is someone who meets students where they are at and strives to create a safe and welcoming environment for all. In her spare time she enjoys early morning runs and spending time with her husband and fur babies. 

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Kristin Garcia, Counselor D-H

Thrilled to be back in Colorado and join the Raven community. This will be my 8th year as a high school counselor and 20th year in education. While my career path has been anything but direct: sales/marketing to Spanish teacher to now being a school counselor. Advocating for teenagers is my calling, and working in a high school is my home away from home.

We (my husband and 4 year old son) landed in Thornton in June from Phoenix, AZ. We have thoroughly enjoyed the cooler weather and all the fun outdoor activities here. My husband is convinced I should resume my snow skiing career and has already purchased my ski boots and IKON pass, crossing fingers my body holds up to the test!

Excited to work with all of you!

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Ms. Lia Emanuel, Counselor I-M

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. Next year will be my sixth year at 27J Schools and my 21st year serving as an educator. 

I hold a Master’s degree in Education focusing on School Counseling and graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelor’s degree concentrating in Spanish.          

So yes, I am bilingual. Go BLUE!

As a School Counselor, I enjoy helping students realize their personal and academic goals. I support exploring all options for the future. I look forward to engaging with you all during your high school journey

Here’s to a great year together!!

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Mr. Conor Simcox, Counselor N-Sh

Conor grew up in Brighton, and attended 27J schools from Kindergarten – 12th grade. He got his Bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College (IA) and was a college admissions counselor for 7 years, getting his Masters in School Counseling at the University of Northern Colorado during that time. He was a school counselor at Brighton High School for 5 years. After living in Iowa for the past 3 years, Conor is excited not only to be back in Colorado and 27J, but especially at RRHS! Go Ravens!

Conor is passionate about empowering students as they transition from middle school through high school and beyond. He’s also looking forward to supporting the inaugural graduating class at Riverdale Ridge! Outside of school, Conor enjoys spending time with his wife Kristin, a teacher at Brantner Elementary, and their two young daughters.

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Ms. Caitlin Mellon, Counselor Si-Z (Team Lead)

Caitlin Mellon is very excited about being a Raven since Riverdale Ridge High School's second year. She is the first in her family to go to college, attending Longwood University in Virginia for a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After many years working in the non-profit field, she decided to go back to school in pursuit of her Master's in School Counseling.

She is excited to help our Ravens explore their passions, help them navigate post-secondary planning and be a resource for them throughout their four years. When she isn't at school, Caitlin can be found exploring the outdoors with her husband, two kids and pitbull rescue. 

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Ms. Ana Bautista

Ana Bautista has been with 27j for 7 years. Ana was a kindergarten paraprofessional at Thimmig elementary prior to becoming a Raven. She has worked in the front office and as Campus Supervisor here at Riverdale Ridge. She is excited to join the counseling team to help our students in any way possible. In her free time Ana enjoys spending time with her family and watching her 2 sons play sports (mostly baseball).

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Mrs. Stacy Bushlack, Registrar

Stacy Bushlack joined the Riverdale Ridge High School team in July 2019. Stacy serves as the registrar and counseling secretary assisting families enrolling and withdrawing their students. Prior to joining 27J, Stacy served for 10 years as a processor and underwriter for a home mortgage company. After a short time staying home with her young children, she joined the West Ridge Elementary team as an instructional para professional, SPED para professional and the remaining 6 years as their registrar. She has been with the 27J School District for the last 11 years. Stacy enjoys living in the same community that she serves and her children, Blake (Class of 2020) and Baylee (Class of 2022) attend school. When she is not at school, Stacy enjoys spending time with her family camping, hiking and traveling.