9th Grade - Ms. Nicasio

I have been working as a Bilingual School Counselor at the High School for Health Careers and Sciences since September of 2015. My experience at this school has challenged me to work collaboratively with the entire school community to improve student achievement. I feel so privileged to work in such an exciting and progressive environment. As a young woman with Latino origins, I am able to understand the culture and needs of the students that I serve. I am a strong believer in addressing the emotional and social development of our students in order to increase their opportunities for academic success and enhance the skills they need to become lifelong learners. Some of the services I provide are: student conferences, parent conferences, individual counseling, thematic group counseling, crisis counseling, guidance lessons, and parent presentations. I am also the mandated school counselor. My previous positions as an “Admission Counselor” at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and “Community Coordinator” at Middle College High School motivated me to become a High School Guidance Counselor and positively impact and support students on their educational journey. BA in Communication Arts, Dowling College 2008 MS in School Counseling with a Bilingual Extension, Mercy College 2013


10th Grade & 11th Grade Monolingual - Mr. Gomez

As a school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. I help students to identify interests, strengths, and areas of improvement early on, so students and their families can set post-secondary goals and make informed choices to support students in reaching a successful future. I grew up in Havana, Cuba, emigrated to the U.S, and attended the 11th and 12 grade as an ESL student. I earned a High School diploma from John F. Kennedy High School. I was accepted into the Engineering program at City College. In college, I discovered my love for counseling. I graduated from City College with a degree in Psychology and went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling. I have worked as a Social teacher and Physical Education teacher in an elementary school. I began working at George Washington High School in 1995. I have been a counselor at Health Careers since 2001.


12th grade & 11th Grade Bilingual - Ms. Arrendell

I’ve been a Bilingual Guidance Counselor at the High School for Health Careers and Sciences since 2003. I’m a former Bilingual Social Studies Teacher, Grade Advisor, and Bilingual Coordinator. Presently, I serve as a resource for families to ensure the social and emotional aspects of my students are being met. In addition, as the 12th grade guidance counselor I assist in supporting the senior students to graduate and work closely with the YABC program to ensure this. In 2016, I was awarded “Counselor of the year.” For the past 18 years, I have been a member of the School Leadership Team. As a member, I collaborate with the administration and the rest of the school staff to initiate ideas to enhance the school culture. My educational background includes the certificate of advanced study as a school building leader and district administrator, along with a masters degree in School Psychology, Guidance Counselor, and Bilingual Education.



Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialist

Ms. Ramirez

My name is Ms. Ramirez, and I am the Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Specialist at H.S for Health and Careers. My role as SAPIS is to provide substance abuse and alcohol prevention services designed to reach students for the purpose of reinforcing positive attitude through an educational program. I will provide a variety of intervention services in the form of individual, or group session. I also provide informational class lessons on substance abuse and at risk behaviors that associate with drug use.  I am also a liaison to the school faculty, parents, and outside agencies to deal with student substance and alcohol abuse problems. I am a strong believer of the phrase "It takes a village to raise a child.”  I believe that with the help of parents, staff, and community members, we can all help to create a safe and positive environment to raise and educate students. I am located in the  Room 334. I can be reached at (212)-927-1841 ext. -3344. You can also email me at mramirez5@schools.nyc.gov