Student Life Team

The Office of Student Life consists of Teresa Rodriguez, Director, Joshua Fidalgo, Dean, and Joao Barros, Dean. Together, we work to ensure that every one of our students has a positive experience at the Dearborn. We want our students to be healthy, active, safe, and challenged. This involves making sure they are exposed and have access to opportunities they want to explore.

We understand the impact a positive school culture has on a student’s success in school and beyond. We will work diligently as a team to hold students to high expectations while also nurturing their individual potential.

Student Services Team

Mina Debarros-Depina, Guidance Counselor

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My name is Mina Debarros-Depina and I have been the guidance counselor at the Dearborn for 20 years. I am a certified educator and mental health professional who advocates for all students, coordinates services for students and families and serves as a consultant and a mediator. I also help teachers, parents and other adults understand children as well as help children understand themselves and others.

What do I do as a guidance counselor?

  • Provide individual and group counseling to help students with academic success.
  • Assist students, families and teachers during crisis situations.
  • Develop intervention plans for students with absentees, potential dropouts, at-risk behaviors and/or lack of academic progress. 
  • Referral families and students to community services and programs.
  • Assist students with school transition and orient students to new school setting
  • Assist parents and students analyze test results to understand student's abilities, achievement, interests and needs.
  • Conduct conferences with parents, teachers and students.
  • Maintain students' records 
  • Regularly meet with teachers, administrators, student support team and community partners to discuss students needs and coordinate resources for students and families.
  • Support College Counselor in assisting students with the college process

Parents may contact me with:

  • Academic concerns 
  • Behavior concerns and/or during crisis situations
  • New school transition and orientation
  • Assessment interpretation
  • Family transitions and community resources
  • Colleges and Career opportunities.
  • Financial Aid and college options
  • After school programs and extra curricular activities
  • Schedule changes and concerns

Tim Likosky, College Counselor

My name is Tim Likosky, Guidance/College Counselor at the Dearborn STEM Academy. 

I will be working to prepare students for college and their desired career as well as to make sure that they are on track academically to graduate and excel.  I will also assist students to obtain internships, participate in academic enrichment programs and/or dual enrollment outside of school at local universities and to become involved in the community through various service projects with local organizations.

Please visit the College Readiness page under Academics for more detailed information on the services I can provide.

Estefania Alves, Social Worker

My name is Estefania Alves and I am the School Social Worker at the Dearborn STEM Academy. My role is to ensure student wellbeing so that they may be able to succeed academically. Below is a list of the many services I hope to provide students and families.

  • Provide a safe space for dialogue where confidentiality will be adhered to (except in cases of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and harm to self or others)
  • Provide individual or group counseling to students 
  • Provide Daily/Weekly check in with students
  • Support students on Individual Education Plans
  • Design Socio-emotional and behavioral plans that support the student at home and school.
  • Assist in mediating parent-guardian/child differences (misunderstandings/miscommunication)
  • Observe students in classrooms 
  • Collaborate with teachers and staff to effectively support student needs 
  • Support expecting/parenting students in locating resources 
  • Assist homeless students in finding transportation to school 
  • Support newcomers in adjusting to a new school, culture and country
  • Connect families to external services (Family therapy, Food Pantries Etc)
  • Connect families to resources in the community that support positive socio-emotional and behavioral development.