Welcome to Guidance Services

Students are assigned to guidance counselors alphabetically by last name. All students will be scheduled for a consultative visit with their guidance counselor at least twice during the school year. Any student who needs to see a counselor or the Assistant Principal for Curriculum is to complete a Guidance Request Slip and give it to the guidance secretary. Requests will be responded to in a timely manner.

All testing is coordinated through the Guidance Department. Some standardized tests are optional and require fees. Students can discuss their particular testing needs with a counselor. Test dates and other pertinent information concerning the SAT and ACT are available in the Guidance Office. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT) and/or Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) are required for graduation from high school.

State University System of Florida

By clicking on this link, you will access information about our State Universities. This site will contain useful information such as range of GPA and accepted test scores.

Official High School Transcript Request Form

Linda Boyle

Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Linda Boyle was born in Carmel, Indiana, but grew up primarily in Venice, Florida.  She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education and Earned her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Walden University.  Mrs. Boyle is happily married.  Her daughter Shannon attends FGCU and her son, Mark Andrew, attends Cypress Lake High School.  Mrs. Boyle began her teaching career in a private school in Pasco County  and moved to Fort Myers in 1996 where she taught English at Cypress Lake High school until 2004.  She was a District administrator for 8 years working in Accountability, Quality Improvement and Strategic Planning.  In 2012 she moved to Diplomat Middle as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and has now returned to Cypress Lake High School as an Assistant Principal.  She is excited to be back home at Cypress Lake High.  Once a Panther, always a Panther.

Maria Baker

School Counselor (A - Ge)

Maria Baker is a product of the Lee County School system and has worked in the district for the past 22 years, 17 as a high school counselor.   She graduated with a BS in Education from Florida State University and earned her MA degree in school counseling from Nova Southeastern University.  Her passion is working with young people and traveling is a favorite pastime. 

Frank Palmieri

School Counselor 

Michael Powelson

School Counselor (Gh - O)

Mike Powelson began taking courses at Edison Community College (now FSW), and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in History from Florida Gulf Coast University. He later earned a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, also from FGCU. Mike has worked in public education since 2006.

Julie Zehnder

School Counselor (P - Z)

Julie Zehnder graduated from a Lee County public high school to attend the University of Florida, initially studying vocal performance, but ultimately obtaining a Bachelor of Science in journalism, with a concentration in magazine publishing. She then earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education from the University of Central Florida and has been a school counselor since 2008. Spending time with family and discovering new music are among her favorite ways to pass the time.

Iliana Araujo

Information Specialist

Iliana Araujo is originally from New Jersey. She is married and has two daughters. She has served in the Public School System since 1998 both in New Jersey and Lee County. Her responsibilities include working in collaboration with the Students, School Counselors, Teachers and Administration in maintaining Student Data. 

Michelle Durdan

Guidance Secretary

Mrs. Michelle Durdan relocated from Connecticut and has worked as Guidance Secretary/Registrar at CLHS for the past 9 years. Her responsibilities include enrolling/withdrawing students and ensuring accurate record keeping for all student files. She also handles conference room scheduling as well as assists the counselors to ensure smooth daily guidance operations. When necessary, Mrs. Durdan also  serves as back up for the clinic.