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Dr. Loren Dittmar

Dr. Loren Dittmar

About Me

Education:

 


My Story:

 

Loren Dittmar was born and raised in the suburbs of NYC.  He graduated from Pearl River High School, where he was involved in music, theater, and journalism.  There was a time when Dr. Dittmar was considered to be one of the most at-risk students in school.  Fortunately, there were a few very caring individuals who helped him get through the most challenging times and encouraged him to achieve his best.  Consequently, he graduated from high school in three years, achieving rank in the top 10% of his class!

 

At the age of 16, he continued his education in college, first starting in NYC at the prestigious New School for Social Research, Eugene Lang College division (the New School is most well know for the divisions of Parsons School of Design and Mannes School of Music).  There he studied Psychology.  However, during his freshman year of college, he learned about the field of Music Therapy and after only a year the New School, he transferred to the State University of New York, College at Fredonia.  He added the major of Music Therapy.  Then during his sophomore year, he decided to add yet another major: Applied Music in Percussion.  As if this wasn't enough to keep him busy, he was also actively involved in the Music Therapy Club, Leadership Program, Psychology Club, and even served two years as President of the Rho Chi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a professional, national music fraternity.  Despite this crazy amount of involvement, Dr. D somehow managed to graduate with his B.A. degrees in just 4 1/2 years.  

 

His professional career started in the mental health field.  Dr. D worked with adults with mental health disorders (i.e. Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Depression).  He later worked for Job Corps with some of the most at-risk youth in our nation who came from disadvantaged backgrounds in the NYC, Rochester, and Buffalo areas.  In 2003, he continued his academic studies, and attended the accelerated program at St. Bonaventure University, where he studied School Counseling.  He completed his Masters in Education in 2005.  He then returned to work in the mental health field, where he provided 1:1 and group therapy.  In 2007, he began his journey towards completing his PhD in Educational Psychology from Walden University, which he completed in February of 2014.   

 

In April of 2006, Dr. Dittmar and his family moved to St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Initially, Dr. D worked at the Brunswick Job Corps, but after a few months, he landed the position of Graduation Coach (similar to "at-risk counselor") at Glynn Academy.  He shifted into the School Counselor role in 2009 and served the awesome Classes of 2012, 2015, and 2018through which he gained valuable insight into the needs of all students at each grade level, as well as comprehensive knowledge of college admissions.  In July 2016, Dr. D and his family made a big change in life and moved across the country from Georgia to California.  His wife grew up in southern California and it was time for her to come back home, and for our children to enjoy living close to family.  So Dr. D took a big leap of faith and resigned his tenured position at GA, believing that something special was meant to be here in California.  And then, in June 2016, Dr. Dittmar was absolutely ecstatic when he was offered the opportunity to join the Counseling Team at Santa Susana High School.  As a musician and someone with a great appreciation for the Arts, it was a perfect match for him!  He truly loved the experience at Santa Su and connected with his students and the faculty in a significant way.  Then, in May of 2018, SVUSD requested Dr. Dittmar to transfer to Simi High and although this shift came as quite a surprise, after some time in deep reflection, he felt a strong calling to accept this move and welcomed the opportunity with open arms.  And since joining the team here at Simi High, Dr. D has felt an overwhelming level of support and love from the faculty and administration.  He continues to feel excitement every day for opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students and their families.  He is most passionate about working with youth because of the opportunity to assist them with identifying their greatest aspirations and designing a pathway for achieving their highest potential.

 

During the past 20 years, Dr. D has attended various professional training programs to improve his counseling and leadership skills, and he has served in several leadership positions, including the High School Advisory Council for the University of Georgia (2011-2013), and the Region 12 Chairperson (2013-2015) and the Region Chair At Large (2015-2016) for the Georgia School Counselors Association. Since moving to California in July 2016, Dr. Dittmar jumped right into the local school counseling organization and joined the governing board of the Ventura County School Counselors Association.  Then, he attended the California Association for School Counselors conference in October 2016, got involved right away with their leadership team, and was elected to the state level position of CASC High School Vice President for a two year term (2017-2019)!  In addition to these commitments, Dr. D has been an adjunct professor of psychology at the College of Coastal Georgia since 2013, and he just recently joined the graduate school faculty at California Lutheran University (CLU) teaching classes for future School Counselors!  

 

Dr. Dittmar is so excited for this new adventure at Simi Valley High and welcomes students, families, staff, and faculty to join him in this celebrating this wonderful journey.  He promises to always do his very best to serve his students with genuineness, openness, unconditional positive regard, and the kind of love that he shows his own children.  It takes a village to raise a child, and Dr. Dittmar is committed to being a part of that village for every child who he crosses his path.  

 


 

 ​​Dr. Loren Dittmar

Professional School Counselor

Serving Students ​R-Z

(805) ​577-1400 ext. 6​726​

loren.dittmar@simivalleyusd.org

 

​High School Vice President

California Association of School Counselors

 

 

 

 

 

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