iGrad Student Support Team
In addition to our school counselors, iGrad has many other ways to support students:
Samson Tekle, Social Worker
Phone: (253) 373-7969
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. A year later, I returned to EWU to complete my Master’s degree in School Social Work. After college, I was hired by Green River Community College as the iGrad GED Case Manager, where I was able to help students achieve their short term goals and plan for their future. During my free time I like to play sports, travel, and try new things. The furthest I’ve ever travelled was East Africa, which was actually a really great experience. I plan on travelling to South America next.
How I can help:
- Personal goals and action steps
- Weekly planning and time management
- Community resources (i.e. housing, food, clothing, health care, parenting programs, child care, etc.)
- LGBTQ support (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning support)
- Resume writing, cover letter writing, and job applications
- Internship opportunities
Robert Janes, Mental Health Counselor
Asian Counseling and Referral Services
Phone: (206) 695-7541
Mondays: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
I graduated from the University of Washington, where I majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish. I’ve spoken Spanish since I was a child as my mother comes from Mexico (Guadalajara, Jalisco). I grew up in Eastern Washington where me being a biracial and bilingual student did not go unnoticed by my peers. Being ‘between’ two cultures has always been a part of my life. After working for a time at Consejo Counseling and Referral, I decided that I should return to school and attended Seattle University to obtain a Master’s in Psychology. This program confirmed and reinforced my beliefs about therapy—that it should always be genuine, human-based and focus on the relationship between client and therapist. When I’m not here at iGrad, I’m out in the great outdoors on a hike, doing some sport climbing, or taking photos (sometimes a combination of the three).
How I can help:
- If you are feeling sad, depressed, worried, anxious, shy, stressed out, or just want someone to talk to
- If you are dealing with family changes such as separation and divorce, or family problems such as alcoholism or abuse.
- If you are trying to cope with a traumatic event, death of a loved one, or worry over world events.
- If you would like to stop using or control you use of alcohol or other substances.
- If you want to strengthen your self-esteem
Taylor Wells, Seattle Education Access
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. *
How I can help:
- Explore different college degrees, certificates, and programs
- Create an individualized transition plan for after iGrad
- Assistance in applying to colleges, technical schools and apprenticeships
- Help with financial aid and scholarships for both US citizens and undocumented students
- Support throughout entire post-high school process, can still work students after they leave iGrad!
* Open to meeting by appointment during non-office hours and off-site.