Meet the Counselor

Hello! My name is Barb Hahto. I am the new counselor at St. John Elementary and SJE High School. I was born and raised in Spokane, WA, and I currently reside in southwest Spokane near Cheney. My professional career in education is very extensive. I was a high school counselor in the West Valley School District in Spokane for many years. Most recently, for the past 11 years, I was the Running Start Coordinator/Counselor at Spokane Falls Community College. Very early in my career, I taught first grade in Goldendale, WA, as well as at Ness Elementary in the West Valley School district before moving to the high school level. I have a Special Education degree, as well as an administrative credential, so I also served as a Learning Specialist and filled in as principal occasionally during my tenure in the West Valley School District. In addition, I served as Testing Coordinator, and Crisis Intervention Coordinator during my time in the West Valley School District. I am a student advocate through and through, and I enjoy working with students at all levels. I was very excited to come to St. John School knowing I would get with all grade levels. I am absolutely overjoyed to be here, and I have been so impressed with the school, students, faculty, staff, and community. It is great to work in such an outstanding community, and with such dedicated, caring professionals at the school. I greatly appreciate the warm welcome I have received from the faculty, staff, students and the entire community. My door is always open, so stop by and say hello anytime.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. My number at the school is (509) 648-3336 EXT. 131 and my email is

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