About Counselors

Laura Mercado
(Health Academy & ELD)

   I have been with the district for five years now, this is my third year at De Anza and I am excited to be back to my alma mater. 
   I am a Bay Area native. I was raised in San Pablo/Richmond and attended Highland Elementary, Juan Crespi Middle School and graduated from De Anza High School. I loved my time at De Anza as a student, and I made sure I was involved with the campus. I was a member of the Latino Club, attended Close Up where we traveled to Washingtonian D.C. with Ms. Mason one of De Anza's legend teachers. Academics were a very important part of my life. I realized at an early age that education was vital to my future success in life. Even though, I knew I wanted to be successful I struggled through out my educational journey. I started off by attending Contra Costa College then transferred to Sacramento State where I received my Bachelors in Psychology. I then attended Saint Mary's College of  California where I earned my Master of Arts in School Counseling and my PPS credential.  



Jennifer Thayer
 (Law, ROTC & Tech Academy)
    This is my fourth year working as a School Counselor at De Anza High School. I am excited to continue working within the culture and community here at De Anza. Originally from Minnesota where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Education with a minor in Psychology, I relocated to Southern California to begin my educational career working as a teacher for many years. I hold a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University Los Angeles as well as a Masters in Education with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. My passions include spending time with my family, writing, watching sports; specifically college football, basketball (March Madness) and track & field. As a lifelong educator, I am happy to work with the students at De Anza High School and assisting them to succeed both academically and socially! Through hard work, patience, compassion for others and a positive attitude all things are possible. Here's to another great school year! Go Dons!

Gina Saechao
(9th grade and College & Career Counselor)

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