• Jennifer Gabaldon - 7th Grade Counselor 
    Originally from Byron, Illinois, I have lived in Arizona since 1995.  I graduated from Arizona State University (go Sun Devils!) with a Bachelors in Social Work and a Minor in Communication.  It was during my internship as a school social worker that I discovered my passion for education.  I worked part-time at a transitional facility for youth at risk and worked full-time as a legal secretary at a small law firm in Phoenix.
    After 16 years, I decided it was finally time to pursue my dream.  I went back to school and graduated from Ottawa University with a Master in Education in School Counseling.  I interned at a K-8 school in the Deer Valley Unified School District and I am beyond excited to be a part of the Hillcrest team! I am a member of the Arizona School Counseling Association and the PTSO at my childrens' school.
    In my spare time, I love to read a good book, go hiking on the mountains with my husband and kids, and explore northern Arizona. 

    Renea Herold - 8th Grade Counselor



    I grew up in Littleton Colorado so yes I am a Broncos fan (unless the Cardinals are in the Super Bowl).  I moved to Phoenix when I was 17 and finished high school at Shadow Mountain. 

    I graduated from ASU with a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Social Studies.  From there I taught at the middle school level for 8 years and during that time I obtained my Masters Degree in Education from ASU.  I love learning and growing so I continued my education and received my Counseling Certification from Ottowa University and my Administrative Certification from the University of Phoenix. In 2011 I was selected as one of the Deer Valley Teacher of the year.  Outside of Hillcrest I am instructor for Rio Salado College and in 2016 I was selected as the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty member in their education department. I have really enjoyed my role helping future teachers learn more about Adolescence.   
    On a personal note I have three children who I adore and three rescue dogs (Hero, Rocket and Rogue).  I love to go to the movies, and spend time with my family and friends. I am also the Spritline Coach at Hillcrest and love working with the team and watching them grow in skills over the course of a season. 
    I have spent my entire career working with Middle School aged children and I look forward to working with all of the Hillcrest students and parents. 

    Marwin Lee - Counselor for all 7th and 8th graders on 504 Plans

    Born and raised in Arizona, I graduated from Grand Canyon University (Lopes Up!) with a Bachelors in Physical Education. I continued my college education at Ottawa University where I earned my Masters in Education (emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction) and my CAGS (Continued Advanced Graduate Studies) Degree in School Guidance Counseling.


    In my spare time, I enjoy coaching high school and youth football. I also enjoy watching my kids participate in the sport of their choice.