C&CC Staff Bios

Ms. Sandra Cernobori joined the C&CC in April 2006 as College Advisor at Palo Alto High School. She meets individually with students with last names A - K, to discuss the college selection and application process.  In addition, she organizes parent information evenings, works closely with Teacher Advisors, and serves as the Chair of the Scholarship Committee. A graduate of Cal Poly at San Louis Obispo, Ms. Cernobori has a background in education, having taught English for eight years at San Mateo High where she implemented a Peer Mediation program for students. During a hiatus from teaching, she worked as a software technical writer while pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselor Education from San Jose State. 

Ms. Stephanie Mendoza joined the College and Career Center in Fall of 2016 as a College Advisor at Palo Alto High School. She supports the programs of the C&CC as well as meeting individually with students with last names L - Z. Ms. Mendoza earned her Bachelors of Arts in Social Welfare and Minor in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley. Before joining the Palo Alto High School staff, Ms. Mendoza was the College Completion Coordinator at College Track, a non-profit organization that empowers students from underserved communities to graduate from college, in East Palo Alto.

Mrs. Crystal Laguna joined our Guidance Department in the Fall of 2012 as an Outreach Counselor and 9th grade Advisor. As of Fall of 2015, she collaborates more closely with the C&CC as a Community College & Career Advisor. Mrs. Laguna also provides extra support for our first-generation college-going students and Spanish-speaking parents. Mrs. Laguna received her B.A from UCLA and completed her Masters in Education, with an emphasis in Counseling, from SJSU.

A Paly graduate herself, Ms. Meri Gyves is the Work Experience Coordinator for the Work Experience and Exploratory Experience programs at both Palo Alto and Gunn high schools. On Tuesdays, she teaches two classes at Paly: Work Experience, for students preparing for new jobs, and Exploratory Experience, for students interested in unpaid internships. She is the community liaison for local employment opportunities for students at both high schools. Ms. Gyves has a BA and an MA in Education and has taught English and Social Studies for 30 years. She works at Paly on Tuesdays 9-4:30, on Wednesdays by appointment, and on Fridays 9-3.

Ms. Karla Larson began working for the Palo Alto School District as a second-grade classroom aide at Nixon Elementary in 2006.  The following school year she started working at Paly in the attendance office and quickly immersed herself in the Paly spirit.  After acting as assistant coach for the JV softball team for six years, she hung up her cleats to spend more time with her family.  Karla is excited to join the C&CC as of the fall of 2015 as a Guidance Tech and Career Voc Ed Assistant; she is settling into her new position as an assistant to the college and career counselors.

Ms. Ann Deggelman joins the C&CC in Fall of 2007 as Co-coordinator of the Teacher Advisor Program (with Paige Johnson, Paly Guidance Counselor). She coordinates Paly’s portion of college application materials for students as well as supports the Teacher Advisors. Ms. Deggelman brings a unique perspective to the job: not only has she worked in Paly's attendance office and in other support roles at Paly. She is also product of the Palo Alto public school system as are her children; she has served on various committees at different levels-from Site Council to PTSA and more.

Ms. Suzie Brown is the high school Registrar for the Palo Alto School District. She processes all student transcript requests.

The College and Career Center is staffed by approximately 40 parent volunteers who work in two-hour shifts during the school day. Volunteers provide support in all phases of C&CC activities. Dara Knoblock and Parissa Mohamadi are the Volunteer Co-coordinators. They provide administrative and technical support to both the C&CC and its parent volunteers. They can be contacted by leaving a message at the Volunteer desk, 329-3818.  More information about volunteering can be found here.

Staff

Cernobori, Sandra College Advisor
Gyves, Meri Teacher, Work Experience
Laguna, Crystal Outreach Specialist, Community College & Career Advisor
Larson, Karla Guidance & Career Voc Ed Assistant
Mendoza, Stephanie College Advisor