Counselors

Joshua Bordes, Guidance Counselor

Mr. Bordes works with 9th grade students.  An educator with fourteen years experience, he holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Hamilton College and an M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in School Counseling from Northeastern University. Upon graduation from Hamilton in 1994, Josh enrolled in the national Americorps service program, Teach For America, and taught middle school and coached in eastern rural North Carolina. After a five year career at Boston based investment manager MFS, he re-entered public education and has been involved with guidance/youth and community field work for the past twelve years focusing on inner city youth.

Linda McHough Desarro, Guidance Counselor

Linda Desarro, a Western Massachusetts native, has worked in high schools in Eastern Massachusetts, Southern Maine and at Holyoke Community College.   She has had several jobs in education such as alternative education teacher, school to work coordinator, and college admissions counselor but, her favorite along the way has been guidance counselor.  She is thrilled to be back at Dean for a second year as a guidance counselor.  Ms. Desarro has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Fitchburg State University and is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity.  When she isn’t at Dean Tech or spending time with her four children, husband, dog and frogs, she runs marathons and participates in triathlons.   

Magalay Santana, College & Career Access Coordinator

Ms. Magaly Santana is the College and Career Access Coordinator at William J. Dean Technical High School. This is her first guidance related career, and she has developed a passion for helping students of all grade levels with their post-secondary plans. Ms. Santana has a bachelor’s degree in English from Westfield State University and is a certified guidance counselor with a Master’s degree in developmental school counseling from Springfield College.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Santana had worn many hats in the education field. She served as a paraprofessional for students with special needs at William J. Dean Technical High School for five years. She understands the culture of the school and the needs of the students. She also has worked as an Outreach Worker at Holyoke High School. Finally, her summers are spent working at Westfield State University as an English Writing Workshop Instructor in the Urban Education Program.

Ms. Santana loves reading fantasy fiction novels, cooking, playing RPG games, singing, taking zumba classes, and hanging out with her friends and families.