STAFF & FACULTY DIRECTORY PROFILE

Samantha Mercado

Job Title:

Counselor

Department:

Counseling

Email:

Phone: (510) 577-9100 ext. 

Started at O'Dowd:

2021

Degrees: 

BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley; MS in Counseling, AMFT, and PPS Credential in School Counseling from Cal State East Bay

Originally from:

Vallejo, CA

Why I Teach:

I am a counselor because I love empowering students with the tools they need to be successful inside and outside of the classroom.

Most powerful teaching technique:

Listening, being empathetic, validating students' experiences

Why are the subjects you teach important?:

High school is such an important time as students begin to define who they are and who they want themselves to be. I am excited to support them in that journey as I remember how important my own teachers and counselors were to me.

Favorite quotes:

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite trivia:

Fruit Loops are different colors, but they're actually all the same flavor

Recommended visual media:

Schindler's List, Get Out

Recommended reads:

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Educated by Tara Westover, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Hobbies or outside interests:

Cycling, hiking, watching Cal Football, playing video games.