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I am the 7th grade counselor (class of 2020) and wish to help all students develop the necessary skills to achieve success in school and be most prepared to lead fulfilling lives. I follow the standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association helping all students to maximize their own individual academic potential, further develop their personal and social interaction skills, and begin developing a career awareness. Ultimately, my goal for each and every student is to become a caring, compassionate, and intellectual young adult.
A bit about me...
I am a Southern California native, who has worked in LAUSD since 1994. I've been at Hale since the Fall Semester of 2008.  Having counseled and taught at both the high school and middle school level, I think I have the greatest job in the world. For each day I have the opportunity to work with young adults. This is both exciting and rewarding, for daily, I see young people stretching their imagination and dreaming of how they will change the world.
I earned my Bachelors degree in Anthropology from UCLA, and from CSU Dominguez Hills I earned my teaching credential, counseling credential and a Masters in Education.
I am an avid runner, cyclist, and backpacker  and can be often found along the trails of the local mountains and chasing my own shadow and looking for adventure.
Students, parents, and guardians please check the information on the "Counseling and Guidance" link on the Hale Home Page for counseling resources and interesting information.  Click on the "links" tab for a multitude of resources.
Check my "links" above for fun and interesting things to check out on the internet.
For the most up-to-date information join my Schoology group, Hale Class of 2020, where I will provide information and interesting things for parents/guardians as well as students.

When you log into Schoology do the following:

Check the Hale Counseling & Guidance Site's 'links' section for many counseling resources.

I've been the proud Hale counselor for students in the following classes:
  • Students who culminated in 2011 and graduated from high school in 2015
  • Students who culminated in 2014 and will graduate from high school in 2018
  • Students who culminated in 2017 and will graduate from high school in 2021
  • Students who will culminate in 2020 and will graduate from high school in 2024

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Recent Posts

Hey when you're in the Pacific Northwest keep an eye out for Sasquatch otherwise known as Bigfoot.  Please do your part in sharing the road to keep Sasquatch and other cyclists safe. 

Quote for July 30, 2015

"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

---The Motto of the Special Olympics


Quote for April 24, 2015

If one assumes a humble attitude, one's own good qualities will increase.  Whereas if one is proud, one will become jealous of others, one will become angry with others, and one will look down on others.  Due to that, there will be unhappiness in society.
---The Dalai Lama
{So lets start by looking up to others with a smile.}

Quote for March 18, 2015

Have I not walked with an upward look at stars that very well might not have missed me when they shot and fell?  It was a risk I had to take and took.
--- Robert Frost

Quote for February 5, 2015

Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.
---Dr. Benjamin Spock

Quote for November 18, 2014

If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it yourself.
---Toni Morrison

Quote for October 29, 2014

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
---T.S. Elliot

Quote for September 8, 2014

If you treat people right they will treat you right...ninety percent of the time.

---Franklin D. roosevelt

Quote for August 12, 2014

Carpe Diem...Seize the Day.  Make your lives extraordinary!

-John Keating (played by Robin Williams) in "Dead Poets Society"


Quote for June 11, 2014

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.  May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.  

---Edward Abbey

Quote for May 20, 2014

Don't be dismayed by good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again.  And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.  ---Richard Bach