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Meet your Guidance Team

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The Guidance office is open!  Email your counselor anytime or use these links to book an appointment and talk to your counselor:

A-E School Counselor

Tracey Moore

Tracey Moore

Tracey Moore has worked 20+ years as a high school counselor, and 14 of those years have been at Deering. Tracey genuinely loves the excitement of working with teenagers and their parents.  It is amazing to see the transformation a young person goes through from 9th-12th grade. Prior to being a high school counselor, Tracey worked at the college level both in public relations and undergraduate admissions. It is because of her work at the college level, that she particularly enjoys helping students with their post-Deering plans because when it’s done well, students not only end up going to wonderful places after graduating from Deering (whether that is going to college, getting a job, or serving in the military), but they get to know themselves deeply. Through personality profiles, career assessments, and honestly going through the ups and downs of 4 years of high school with a young man or woman she feels her role as a school counselor is a fantastic, exciting, and fulfilling ride for her too! 

F-L School Counselor & Guidance Co-Director

Asia Alexis

Asia Alexis coffee shop

Asia Alexis has been working at Deering since 2018. She completed a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine and a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology at Boston University. Asia is currently certified as a school counselor in both Maine and Massachusetts. Asia grew up in central Maine and was called to Deering after doing her graduate internship here. She is passionate about helping students access an equitable public education and supporting students with their social emotional wellness and post-secondary journey. She enjoys her time outside of work hiking, gardening, raising her chickens, and most of all, traveling with her partner and two children.


M-N School Counselor & Guidance Co-Director

Libby Heselton

Libby Heselton

Libby Heselton has been counseling students at Deering High School since 2008 and loves it more each year. She is excited to get to know all of her students over four years together. Before coming to Deering, Libby worked at colleges (Bowdoin, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Naropa University) in Admissions, Career Planning and Study Abroad. Libby loves helping students through life's transitions and she is grateful to have this small role in their lives as they realize their path and potential. Libby looks forward to witnessing all this generation will accomplish and teach us.  

O-Z School Counselor

Farausi Cherry

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Farausi A. Cherry loves his career as a School Counselor at Deering High School. Prior to joining Deering HS staff, Farausi was a School Counselor at Windham High School and at Lewiston High School. Farausi truly enjoys sharing and creating new programs and opportunities with students and helping each student be successful. In addition to his work as a School Counselor, Farausi works diligently as an advocate for students' rights. He is also an avid supporter of youth sports, having coached soccer, basketball, and outdoor track. Farausi encourages students to give back to the community through volunteering each year as an official for the running long jump event at the Summer Special Olympic Games. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with family, playing basketball, shopping, cooking, and laughing.  

Nancy SmithNancy Smith 
Activities Account Manager and Guidance Secretary

Nancy has been with Deering since 2018 and is proud to continue serving the community as a guidance secretary and activities accounts manager. She has held many different positions in her past, including working at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. after graduating from AMDA and earning her BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She's a native of Tennessee and Virginia and has been loving living in Maine since 1998, where she has raised two fantastic kids. 


Krista Simonis
Krista Simonis
Guida
nce Secretary

Krista's enthusiasm has led her to Deering, where she is proud of her role in the community as a guidance secretary. She's worked in many industries, including restaurants, banking, politics, retail, theater, and education. A native of California, she earned her BA in Political Science from the University of California Riverside, and her MA in Communication Studies from the University of Portland in Oregon where she co-coached the debate team for 4 years. She moved to Maine in 2018 to start a nonprofit improv theater with her husband, and continues to dedicate herself to comedy, performance, and teaching and helping others. She has two cats: Jerry Orbach, and Bitsy, Mistress of Shadows.