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Counseling Department

831-429-3883 x 3107



Shelli Stepps


shellistepps@sccs.net


Nancy Garcia Puhvel

Hi Branciforte Bees! My name is Nancy Garcia Puhvel and I am grateful and excited to connect with all of our B40 students and parents.  My primary focus is with the 6th graders, but I am available to all students.  

I have been a part of the Santa Cruz City Schools community since 2007 as a School Counselor and have had the opportunity to work with students at all grade levels.  There is something truly special about these middle school years and I’m proud to say that Branciforte Middle School is a place where students thrive. The staff here are extraordinary. Everyone does all they can to help our students feel welcome, safe, and empowered.

As a Counselor and first-generation college graduate, I understand the necessity for youth to have access to supportive educators that will not only be positive role models but also strong advocates in their academic and personal growth. I am bilingual in Spanish and take pride in connecting with families of diverse backgrounds.

My goal is to help our students build up their character, self-confidence,and motivation to succeed and be the best version of themselves.

Please feel free to reach out to me either by email or phone



nancygpuhvel@sccs.net



Pam Perkins - Counseling Secretary


pperkins@sccs.net



Nereida Robles - District Social Worker


nereidarobles@sccs.net

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