Meet Your Counselors!

Although the ATDP office is located in University Hall, your handy dandy counselors will be stationed conveniently in 4320 Tolman Hall, near many of our Secondary Division classes. The counselors can be reached by phone at (510) 643-4898, and students are always welcome to drop by the counseling office.

Christine Gerchow and Jesse Erwin are eager to meet you and here to help, so please get to know them!

Christine Gerchow

Hello ATDP students and families! My name is Christine Gerchow and I am the ATDP Secondary Division Counselor. This August I will enter my third year of Berkeley’s School Psych. Ph.D. program. My research interests are in the areas of mental health, adolescent development, and gifted education. In addition to being a student at Berkeley I am also a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) for ATDP, a job I absolutely love! During the academic year I also work as an instructor for UCLA where I teach an online course entitled “Counseling the College Bound Student.”

Before enrolling at Berkeley I earned my teaching credential and taught in a bilingual first grade classroom. I also taught at the Girls Leadership Institute. Outside of teaching I have worked as a high school counselor in Richmond, CA, and as as after-school program curriculum coordinator in Oakland, CA. My favorite way to spend a day of work is to do everything in my power to make learning accessible, fun, and rewarding for students. So whether it’s helping a student through a tough problem, proofreading an essay, talking about friendships, family, college, stress (and pretty much everything else!), I am available to help!

Let’s make 2013 the best ATDP summer yet!

Jesse Erwin

Hi there. I’m Jesse Erwin, one of the counselors at ATDP this summer, so I thought I’d take a moment to tell you a little about myself. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, spending most of my childhood in Marin County. I graduated from UC Davis with degrees in psychology and education, I earned a masters degree in experimental psychology at American University in Washington, D.C. After enduring several long, unbearably hot summers, I returned home to California.

I’m currently a doctoral candidate in the School Psychology program at UC Berkeley, and I’m working hard to get my dissertation done. This is the fourth year I have worked with ATDP but my relationship with the program goes much further back. As a junior in high school, I was fortunate enough to take Writing for College at ATDP and I have many fond memories of my experience. I have the pleasure working at both Secondary and Elementary Division sites this summer. I always look forward to working with such diverse, motivated, and thoughtful students and this year will be no different. I also look forward to meeting the parents of our students so please don’t hesitate to come by and chat.