• Guidance Counselors

Phone: 203-275-3091


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jim Gildea

My name is Jim Gildea and I am a school counselor at Bassick HS. I began at Bassick as an English teacher and have been a counselor here since 1998.

I have a Bachelor’s degree from Southern CT State University, a Master’s of School Counseling degree from University of Bridgeport and a Sixth-Year of educational studies. I am a member of ASCS, NSCA and NEACAC.

I enjoy working with our wonderful students at Bassick and truly believe that their future is promising and bright. It is the mission of the Bassick counseling department to enthusiastically assist our students in achieving their future goals.

Phone: (203) 275-3093


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Karissa Shields

 My name is Mrs. Karissa Shields and I am a School Counselor at Bassick High School. I have been working as a School Counselor in Bridgeport since 2015. I have worked at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

I have a Bachelors degree in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of School Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. I current hold my LPCA and I am working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I hold my NCC certification and am a member of ASCA, CSCA, NCDA, CCA, and NEACAC.  
I look forward to working with each of my students and their families to support them throughout their high school careers and future planning processes. 
I am proud to be a Bassick Lion!



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Kristi Wisse

My name is Kristi Wisse and I am the CTE counselor here at Bassick HS. I have been working as a counselor in Bridgeport since 2014 and have worked in the elementary, middle and high school levels. In addition to counseling I have also been a coach for cheerleading at Bassick for 4 years and have coached cheer and flag football in the middle school level since 2015.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and my Master’s degree, as well as a 6th year degree, in School Counseling from Fairfield University. I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and I hold my NCC certification. I am a member of ASCA, CSCA, NBCC, and CCA.

My role here at Bassick is to help students find a pathway to success, focusing on our technical and career programs. My goal is to help students utilize the opportunities provided to find apprenticeships, employment and post-secondary options that will lead to fulfilling careers.