• Welcome to the Upper Merion Area High School Counseling Department. The Department consists of four school counselors, one college counselor, our guidance technician, and our guidance clerk.  Our Staff and contact information is listed below.  

    Class of 2025 & 2027

    Students' Last Names: A-K

    Patricia Brower



    Class of 2025 & 2027

    Students' Last Names: L-Z

    Allison Pymer



    Class of 2024 & 2026 

    Students' Last Names: A-K

    Whitney Howard



    Class of 2024 & 2026 

    Students' Last Names: L-Z

    Nicole Miller



    College & Career Counselor

    Amanda Staehle



    Guidance Technician

    Elaine Berman



    Guidance Clerk

    Diane Coxe



    To request student records, please contact our Guidance Technician at eberman@umasd.org.
    Attention College Admissions Representatives - Upper Merion Area HS is now using RepVisits in conjunction with Naviance to schedule visitations to our school.  We will publicize your visit on our school announcements on local access, through our Naviance site, and also during our homeroom morning announcements during the school year.  We allow all students regardless of grade level access to college admissions rep visits.  You can contact our Guidance Clerk, Diane Coxe - 610-205-3899 or dcoxe@umasd.org during the school year to reconfirm your appointment and check to see if any students have signed up to meet with you.

    The high school counseling department uses a hybrid counselor distribution that incorporates the best of two models.  It is a dual grade level alphabetical system.  Two counselors will share two grade levels and will be assigned to students by alphabet.  Each grade is divided alphabetically by last name: A-K and L-Z with a counselor assigned to that particular caseload.  Assistant Principals are aligned with the counselors.

    The key advantages our system are:
    • Ninth grade students have two counselors that are easily identifiable with their graduating class.

    • Our distribution allows the two freshmen class counselors the opportunity to work closely with ninth grade teachers and students by implementing our year-long transition curriculum through Teen Issues and Digital Academy classes.

    • Students have a four-year connection with three consistent adult advocates and supports (two counselors and an assistant principal.)

    • There is more effective coordination between senior year counselors and the college counselor in regards to managing college application materials.

    • Our system allows for more consistent and constant contact between counselors, teachers, and students at a specific grade level.

    Our main goal continues to be to provide the most effective support and advocacy for our students.  If a student needs to see a specific counselor for individual counseling issues, that student will still have access to that counselor regardless of caseload assignment.  
    Upper Merion is a Naviance Family Connection school and utilizes this as our main guidance website.
    Students can access Family Connection through Clever:

    22-23 School Profile

    STAFF - Access Naviance Teacher Recommendations

    CAST -Community Alliance for a Safer Tomorrow
     PHEAA - Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency Resources


Last Modified on October 25, 2023