Meet Ms. Danielle Brandon!
Ms. Brandon has ten years of experience in servicing students in college and university settings. Becoming a School Guidance Counselor was always her career goal; she was first inspired by her own CAP adviser from Homestead High School in 2003. After graduating high school in 2005, Ms. Brandon obtained her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology at University of Central Florida and Masters of Science Degree in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
Ms. Brandon is a mother of 2 beautiful boys and a native to Homestead, FL. Ms. Brandon enjoys cultural food, yoga, running, cycling, movies, dancing, water activities, and spending time with family and friends.Her daily vision and purpose as your School Counselor is to encourage, engage and enrich every student towards their career/educational goals.
Meet Ms. Claudine Doree!
Ms. Doree is driven to help students overcome barriers that impact their learning. In 2017, Ms. Doree began her role as a middle school counselor at Somerset Academy South Homestead. Since the beginning of her college career, she has been motivated to help youth be their best. She began her journey in youth work as a counselor for the Police Athletic League in Homestead, FL. She also attended Miami Dade College in Homestead, FL where she completed her Associates degree in Psychology.
After receiving her A.A., she moved to New York. While living in New York, she continued to work with inner city youth as a school counselor in Brooklyn, NY. She later became an Assistant Program Director for PAL helping young adolescents bridge the gap between the police and community, improving leadership skills in middle school students, and developing programs that support social and emotional skills. She completed her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology at Long Island University.
Ms. Doree returned to Miami where she taught elementary youth for two years. Ms. Doree is an active member of her community and an advocate for the youth she serves. Her passion to support families in her community has always been evident in the work she has done. She completed her Masters in Social Work at Widener University. She is a certified behavioral therapist who specializes in working with children with autism and ADHD.
Besides her many professional roles, Ms. Doree is a mother of two boys who love to travel, cook, read and spend her quality time with family and friends.
As a SASH counselor, Ms. Doree is excited to continue her commitment and connection to young people, which is her motivation each day.
Meet Ms. Paula Nieves!
Ms. Nieves has been a therapist in the community for the past ten years and found her passion in the institutional/educational setting five years ago. Stumbling into the educational setting by accident has been her greatest joy.
Ms. Nieves has a dual Master’s degree in Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy from Carlos Albizu University, a Bachelors in Science in Criminology from the University of Central Florida, and an Associates degree in Science in Physical Therapy from Miami-Dade College.
Today, Ms. Nieves is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our youth and guiding them to strive for their greatest potential. Her motivation is to assist students in finding their passion and being empowered to live with purpose.
Born in New York, yet, a native to Miami and all of its diversities, she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. She is also an avid reader, loves to cook, and enjoys the arts and music.
She joined the SASH team this school year and is excited to share her commitment to helping others by motivating and guiding students in reaching their life goals.