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Scott Barr, EOPS Counselor

Scott Barr has been employed at Grossmont College since 1986 and has worked in the community college system since 1981 specializing in serving and guiding students with diverse backgrounds, including: learning and physical disabilities and economically disadvantaged. Currently he is working with DSP&S and is on special assignment offering counseling to CalWORKs students. Scott has a range of counseling expertise, including: academic advising, career guidance, personal counseling, providing accommodations and advocating for students with disabilities. He has been an academic advisor since 1995 and worked as a career counselor for several years at both Grossmont and Palomar colleges. Prior to coming to Grossmont College he worked as a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor. So, whether students need assistance in developing an educational plan, choosing a career/major, short term personal counseling or accommodations for a disability, Scott is able to help.



Sylvia Montejano is a native San Diegan who has worked at Grossmont College EOPS since 1994 and is currently the CARE Coordinator.  Prior to coming to Grossmont college, Sylvia worked at UCSD and also Northern Essex and Bunker Hill community Colleges in Massachusetts.  Sylvia earned both her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling at San Diego State University.  She has found her "niche" in the community college setting, and especially enjoys working with EOPS student population.  when she isn't counseling, Sylvia is usually singing, and performs a variety of music, both solo and choral, throughout San Diego County.   E-mail address:

Michael Perez transferred from Santa Barbara City College to San Diego State University where he earned a BS degree in Criminal Justice Administration.  Michael returned to San Diego State and obtained his MS in Counseling through the Community Based Block program with an emphasis in multicultural counseling and school counseling.  Michael is the first in his family to graduate from college and has successfully demonstrated the ability to overcome many obstacles, which include a learning disability.  He understands the many struggles student face today and strides to motivate and teach the skills necessary to assist students obtain their educational and personal goals.  He has been with Grossmont's EOPS program since September 2000.  E-mail address:


Pearl Lopez is a former EOPS student and former EOPS student worker.  She is a first generation college student and is familiar with the many struggles EOPS students experience.  She gives EOPS a lot of credit for her success and wants to return the favor by helping EOPS students.  After receiving her Associateís Degree from Grossmont College, Pearl transferred to SDSU and completed a Bachelorís degree in English with an Applied Linguistics Certificate.  She then obtained her Masterís degree at SDSU in Counseling through the Community Based Block program with an emphasis in multicultural counseling. Pearl has been working for the Grossmont College District since 1993 in many different capacities.  She has been an EOPS Counselor since 2004.  Pearl also speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently. 


Jim Tolbert, EOPS Counselor

Jim Tolbert played for the San Diego Chargers for seven years before retiring from the physically demanding job of football to counsel students in EOPS.  He always planned to work in education.   He attended Missouri's Lincoln University to obtain a degree in elementary education and to play a little football.  In his senior year of college he was drafted by the Chargers and the rest is history.  After retirement from the NFL, Jim went on to complete his BS and then attained his MS degrees, one in Human Behavior and another in Counseling.  His advise to college athletes aspiring to become pros is "Always put  academics first.  You can't aspire to be a pro athlete, you just get lucky at that.  You CAN aspire to get an education".  E-mail address:

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