Welcome to the Ida B. Wells HS Counseling Department

  • What We Do

    Counselors help students and their families create a plan to meet each student's individual goals for graduation, college and career, and then monitor students' progress over their high school career, providing the support and resources needed to achieve those goals. Counselors also provide valuable assistance to students and families dealing with issues such as mental health challenges, traumatic family events, or other psycho-social issues that may affect academic achievement.

    We love to see students in person and there are many ways to make this happen! Schedule an appointment with Ms. Dailey or directly with your counselor via email, or drop in, especially during lunch, before or after school, or during a free period. If your counselor is busy with another student when you drop in, please leave a note or talk with Ms. Dailey. You can also email your counselor regarding your question or even just leave a note on the door!

    How to Contact Us

    For parents and guardians, we ask that you schedule an appointment or send us an email or leave a phone message. If it is ever urgent that you speak with us concerning your student's safety, please contact Sharon Dailey and give her the message for us. 

    Who's My Counselor?

    Students are assigned to counselors by last name. Scroll down to find your counselor.

    Meet the Counseling Department Staff



    Sharon Dailey

    Counseling Department Secretary

    email: sdailey@pps.net
    phone: 503-916-5280 x75206
    Main office

    Sharon Dailey grew up in Hawaii and graduated from University of Portland. She loves working with the staff and students at Ida B. Wells in the Counseling Office. She joined the staff at IBW in 2008. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, three kids and their spouses and grandchildren. She loves getting back to Hawaii every year, gardening, exercising, tennis and watersports.




    Sheila Kendall

    Sheila Kendall


    email: skendall@pps.net
    phone: 503-916-5280 x75210

    Sheila grew up in Ashland, Oregon, and then attended Pacific University in Forest Grove to earn her bachelor’s degree. She stayed at Pacific after graduating and worked as an Admissions Counselor, recruiting students to Pacific from around Oregon, Washington and Colorado. After earning her Masters in Counselor Education from Portland State University, she lived in Amsterdam for a year working at the International School and traveling around Europe. After returning, she began work at Tigard High where she was a counselor for 15 years. Sheila is thrilled to be at IBW now, working and living in the community. Sheila has two children who keep life very exciting, but when she has a free moment she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and biking, and taking trips to the beach with the family.




    Keith Brown

    Keith Brown


    email: kbrown@pps.net
    phone: 503-916-5280 x75207

    Keith Brown grew up in Florida and graduated with a BS in Science Education from The Florida State University in 1989. Before moving to Portland in 1997, he earned his master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Central Florida. He taught Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra and Geometry over a thirteen year period before moving into School Counseling. Since 2002, he has worked as a high school counselor and he joined the Ida B. Wells staff in 2006. Teaching remains a passion for him and you can often find him tutoring students in his office.




    Julie Fleming

    Julie Fleming


    email: jfleming1@pps.net
    phone: 503-916-5280 x75208

    Julie Fleming is proud to say she’s a native Oregonian. She grew up attending public schools in Beaverton. Julie then made her way down to University of Oregon where she earned a B.S. in Family and Human Services in 2001. From there, Julie worked as an adolescent counselor and group leader at a local drug/alcohol residential facility for three years before deciding to go back to school. Julie attended Lewis and Clark College, earning her Masters of Education in School Counseling in 2006. She joined the IBW staff in 2007. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Austin, and her two children. She also loves the Ducks, camping, crafting, running, and snowboarding.




    Danny Bradach


    email: dbradach@pps.net
    phone: 503 916-5280 ext. 75213

    Born and raised in Portland, Danny Bradach attended Oregon State University and graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Liberal Studies (Behavioral Science). After OSU, he attended Lewis & Clark College, where he earned his M. Ed. degree in School Counseling in 2008. He earned his M.S. in Athletic Administration from Western Kentucky University in 2010. Danny joined the IBW staff in 2015, but began his school counseling career in 2008-09 and has previously worked at Madison, Marshall, and Parkrose high schools. In his free time, Danny enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, watching and coaching sports, cooking, and cheering for the OSU Beavers.





    Lauryn Files


    email: lfiles@pps.net
    phone: 503-916-5280 x75209

    Lauryn Files grew up near North Lake Tahoe in California and earned a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She moved to Portland in 2005 and worked for Morrison Family Services before starting a Master’s in School Counseling at Lewis and Clark College in 2006. Lauryn joined the IBW staff in 2017 after previously working in the Hillsboro and Beaverton School Districts. In her spare time, Lauryn enjoys going on adventures with her husband and daughter. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, baking and exploring Portland restaurants. 

Pre-Ninth Grade Credits

  • All pre-ninth grade credits will remain on the student transcript unless they are requested to be removed by the end of the first semester of freshman year.

    Why would students want a credit removed?  Students sometimes want B’s or C’s removed because these grades appear to be lowering the grade point average early on.  Some students want to strive for a straight-A average, and grades lower than an A from middle school would prevent that.

    Important: Removing a credit doesn’t change your placement in the next level but can impact your progression through graduation requirements.  Removing a middle school Algebra credit, for example, would mean that the three math classes that count toward graduation would start with Geometry in 9th grade.

    Please submit the request form to your counselor by mid-January if you wish to have a credit removed.