Westridge is excited to welcome Sheri Johnson as our new part-time counselor and Tamara (Tam) Shahar Jaffe '08 as dean of Lower and Middle School Student Voices! These are both new positions stemming from work in the school’s strategic plan to increase resources and programming in student wellness and equity and inclusion. 

Above: Sheri Johnson (left) and Tamara Shahar Jaffe '08 (right)

Counselor: Sheri Johnson, MA, M.Ed., MFT

Sheri comes to Westridge with nearly 20 years of experience in therapy, school counseling, and residential counseling. Currently, she is in private practice at Silver Lake Psychology and serves as a therapist and program coordinator for the United American Indian Involvement, Inc.’s Seven Generations program. She holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy with a specialization in African American family studies from Pacific Oaks College, a master’s degree in educational counseling from National University, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas.

Dean of Lower and Middle School Student Voices: Tamara (Tam) Shahar Jaffe '08

Tam is a Westridge alumnae, coach (horizontal jumps), and long-time substitute teacher. In her new role, Tam will work closely with Westridge leadership and the Upper School co-deans of Student Voices to coordinate the many aspects of student diversity work for Westridge’s Lower and Middle Schools, including affinity groups.

Her additional experience in education includes serving as an instructional aid and care team member at the Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School and as the GED administrative assistant at Los Angeles Valley College. She earned a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara.