Message From the Counseling Department

The counselors assist cadets to graduate with competencies necessary to make self-directed, realistic and responsible decisions, and be successful contributors to our society. We hope to be a resource for cadets as they experience a time of growth, accomplishment, and change while preparing to lead lives of service and excellence.

We look forward to working with all cadets, parents, staff, and local community at the Academy as we build partnerships to promote the academic, personal/social, and career development for each cadet.

Social and emotional development affects academic growth at every age and the counselors play a critical role in helping provide support to cadets through classroom guidance lessons, group activities, one-on-one counseling sessions and school wide counseling initiatives.

Christy Brown
Lead Counselor
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Cadets Helping Cadets - A Closer Look at the Academy's Peer Counseling Program

Peer Counseling was developed because often students seek out their friends or peers when they are experiencing a problem in their teenage years. Army and Navy Academy Peer Counselors are selected annually through a corps of cadets survey. 

Potential Peer Counselors are identified to become involved in the program if they are someone their peers  would approach for assistance with a problem. Academy Peer Counselors attend an intense two-day training program by the Academy's Counseling department on listening and helping skills.  Peer Counselors are also trained by staff counselors on how to identify if a cadet's dilemma should be referred to an adult counselor. These Cadets are easily identified on campus by their blue and orange chord.

School Counselors
Christy Brown
Lead Counselor
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B.S. Early Childhood Education, Ohio University, Ohio, 2006
M.A. in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, University of San Diego, Calif., 2008
Credential: California, Pupil Personnel Services
Academy Faculty Member Since: 2009

She is responsible for maintaining the comprehensive school counseling program, over seeing the team of counselors who are responsible for promoting the academic, career, and personal/social development. She serves as an Advisor to the Multi-Cultural Club and Peer Counseling Program. She enjoys watching sports as well as playing volleyball, flag football, and basketball. Coming from Ohio, her favorite teams are the Cavaliers, Browns, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and Indians. She enjoys traveling home to Ohio each summer to spend time with her family.


Christine Di Benedetto
Academic & Personal/Social Counselor for Grade 12/College Counselor
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B.A. Psychology with distinction in Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, Calif., 2003
M.A. Counseling, Emphasis on School Counseling, University of San Diego, Calif., 2005
Credential: California, Pupil Personnel Services
Academy Faculty Member Since: 2013

Christine Di Benedetto is the College Counselor and the Academic/Personal/Social Counselor for Grade 12. She works closely with the junior and senior cadets to assist with the college application requirements. She has worked with high school juniors, seniors, and the college application process for over seven years within the local public school districts as well as an external application reader for the University of California, San Diego. She is a member of several professional organizations, to include: Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC); National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); and American School Counselor Association (ASCA). She is an avid San Francisco Giants, 49er, and Golden State Warrior fan. She loves watching sports, traveling to different places, local and far, and walking her dog on the beach with her husband and children.

Jerrah McGeorge
Academic and Personal/Social Counselor for Grade 11
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B.A. Sociology and Business Administration, Sonoma State University, Calif., 2004
M.A. Counseling, Emphasis in Education Counseling, National University, Calif., 2010
College Counseling Certificate, University of San Diego, Calif.
Credential: California, Pupil Personnel Services
Academy Faculty Member Since: 2013

Jerrah McGeorge is the 11th Grade School Counselor. She is responsible for promoting the Academic, Career, and Personal/Social development for all 11th Grade cadets. She also collaborates with the College Counselor to prepare cadets for the college application process.

She is a member of the following professional organizations: American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and San Diego County of School Counselors (SDCASC).

Jamie Brooker
Lower School Academic & Personal/Social Counselor
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B.A. in Marketing, Portland State University, Oregon, 2000
M.A. in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, University of San Diego, Calif., 2009
Credential: California, Pupil Personnel Services
Academy Faculty Member Since: 2010

Jaime Brooker is the academic and personal/social counselor for lower school cadets, grades 7 through 9. Working closely with the Head of Schools and residential life staff members, she promotes the academic, personal and social development of each lower school student. She also serves as co-advisor to the Multicultural club and the Peer Counseling program.

Parent Watch List

Please contact your son’s counselor if you have any of the following concerns:

  • You feel your son’s behavior is unacceptable
  • Your son is experiencing social or academic difficulties
  • You or your son are concerned about his peer relationships
  • A significant event has recently occurred in the life of your child or your family