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Counseling Services

Our team of counselors is here to provide services to our students and families in a variety of ways.  Please visit our Resources for a quick link to a variety of information, tools, and resources.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact your building counselor.

High School:  Tonya Nash, Jessica Frost & Tim Stagner

Middle School:  Sandy Brown

Elementary School:  Ben Gibson

Early Childhood Center:  Shannon Donathan

Burrell Behavioral Health staffs full-time School-Based Clinicians for student mental health and community-support needs within the Hollister School District, including the Early Childhood Center, serving all students, preschool age through high school. These School-Based Clinicians provide individual, group and family therapy, while two School-Based Support Specialists provide skill-building and self-regulation opportunities for youth. Students are typically referred to Burrell’s providers by classroom teachers and/or school counseling staff and can be connected to other Burrell services outside the school with parent or guardian approval. Burrell also specializes in providing consultation services and professional development for Hollister teachers on the topic of mental health.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Information for High School Students and Parents

  • Opens in October of each year.  Please fill out the application as early in October as possible.
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  • Students and parents will need to get their FSA ID to complete the FAFSA.  Visit FSA ID.
  • Keep all usernames, passwords, codes, and security questions in a secure location.  You will use them each year your student is in college.  (FSA ID Worksheet) 
  • The high school holds a FAFSA Workshop for parents and students in October of each school year.

Holiday Assistance

Each year the Hollister R-V School District Counseling Team coordinates holiday assistance for families in need of extra assistance during the holiday season.  To apply for holiday assistance, click HERE (en Espanol).  Applications will be accepted October 8, 2021 through November 12, 2021.


  • Your student must attend Hollister Schools.  The amount of assistance varies and there is no assurance of assistance.
  • Please complete only one form per Hollister family.
  • Any form completed after November 12, 2021, has no assurance of being fulfilled.
  • Families must be able to pick up Thanksgiving meals on November 18 or 19 and Christmas assistance on December 16 or 17.

The Hollister School District will be searching for the best ways to serve our Hollister students and families for Holiday Assistance. If you are NOT in need of assistance and would instead like to ADOPT a Hollister family, please call one of our building counselors or fill out this FORM.

Holiday Food Drive

We are excited about our district-wide food drive to help our Hollister families. In order to provide a more balanced Thanksgiving meal for many Hollister families, we have assigned each grade level with a specific item to donate.  Any donation is appreciated.

You may help in the following ways:

  • Preschool - Dessert, Snack Cakes

  • Kindergarten - Green Beans

  • 1st Grade – Corn

  • 2nd Grade – Stuffing 

  • 3rd Grade – Mashed potatoes

  • 4th Grade – Pie Filling or Canned Fruit, Pumpkin

  • 5th Grade – Cranberry Sauce/Yams

  • 6th Grade - Soup/Broth

  • 7th Grade - Muffin Mix or Cornbread Mix

  • 8th Grade - Brownie Mix, or Cake Mix

  • High School - Gravy mixes, Macaroni & Cheese, Canned Goods

Cash or Gift Cards to grocery stores (which will allow us to purchase needed food items for the families.)

This year’s Holiday Food Drive will run from October 16 to November 12.  Thanks for helping others in our community.  If you have any questions, please contact one of our counselors.


Counseling Contact

Tonya Nash

9th & 10th Grade HS Counselor


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Jessica Frost

11th & 12th Grade HS Counselor


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Arie Good

HS Student Success Advisor


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Sandy Brown

Middle School Counselor


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Ben Gibson

Elementary School Counselor


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Shannon Donathan

Early Childhood Center Counselor


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