Counseling Department Updates - June 2021


    If you have any questions for the Counseling Department

    while we're closed for the Summer, please click on our 

    SUMMER Q&A to see if we can answer your questions! 


    Summer melt …college-intending students who have applied to, been accepted by a college or university, but do not matriculate to that college. Our goal is to fill in student knowledge with access to resources and assist them with reaching their goals.

    Class of 2021 Summer Melt Program



    College Checkoff 2021

    Dear Seaholm Community,

    There are so many experiences in life that we are uncertain of, that we are afraid of, that we have no control over, that we should find safe, empathic confidants to discuss sensitive topics with so that we can maintain our own sense of peace in a very troubled world. Please know that the counselors are here for you. If you would like to talk, please reach out to any of us.

    Kristy Fekaris, Nicole Festian, Brian Flatter, Walt Romano, Jenn Vanderveen, Sherree Wilson





    Brian Flatter


    bflatter@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-607-0922

    Nicole Festian


    nfestian@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-939-5097

    Jenn Vanderveen


    jvanderveen@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-3760

    Walt Romano


    wromano@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-3757

    Kristy Fekaris

    W-Z and Department Chair

    kfekaris@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-3756

    Sherree Wilson

    Wellness and Crisis Counselor


    CELL: 248-703-5506

    Brenda Guinan Huddy

    College & Career Center



    Counseling Department Secretary - Carey Balow cbalow@birmingham.k12.mi.us 248-203-3751

    Mission Statement

    The Birmingham Counseling Program's "whole-child" approach is an integral part of the educational mission of the Birmingham Public Schools. The comprehensive guidance program will empower students to make responsible academic/personal-social, and college/career choices to gain self-knowledge and understand the uniqueness of others. Counselors will provide opportunities for academic achievement, personal /social growth, and college/career exploration for every student.Counselors will coordinate, consult, and collaborate with staff, parents, and the community to help all students be successful lifelong learners in a global society. 

    Our Beliefs

    • All students will learn.
    • All students will be successful.
    • All students develop and grow at their own rates

    We provide the following services: 

    • Provide Guidance Curriculum, a.k.a. information you should know
    • Provide social and emotional support
    • Provide career and college counseling
    • Provide academic support 

    The counselors are offering support through email, phone, live chat, and online face-to-face. We encourage students to please reach out to us through email and together we can determine the best mode of communication. 

    If a student would like to connect with our Wellness and Crisis Counselor - please send a request to Mrs. Wilson, at swilson@birmingham.k12.mi.us. She will set up a time with you to chat.

    If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Balow, Counseling Secretary at cbalow@birmingham.k12.mi.us or 248-203-3751.