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Contact Information

Text/Call: 949-534-2107 (Disclaimer: This number will only be used during school hours)


National Suicide Prevention hotline
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  • Nat'l Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE or
  • Nat'l Teen Dating Abuse Hotline: 866-331-9474 or
  • Nat'l Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE
  • Nat'l Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888


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Welcome Hankey Hawks to the 2020-2021 school year! I am excited to continue serving this community of wonderful families. 
I have years of experience working with kids and teens throughout Orange County in multiple capacities.  My education includes a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies, a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a PPS Credential in School Counseling. I love building relationships, promoting resilience, and helping others find solutions to life's challenges. I feel so fortunate to be able to walk along side K-8 students as they develop socially, emotionally, and academically.  I hope to inspire kids to live balanced lives filled with gratitude, kindness, and laughter.   
I am a mom of two active, adventurous daughters and one goofy 100 lb rescue dog.  In my spare time, I love doing hot yoga, dancing, reading, hiking, and playing cards. My favorite things include Mexican food, Target, and shady beach days. Stop on by my office and tell me a few of your favorite things! 
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If your family is in need of rental assistance, please visit to apply before April 30th.  

Social Emotional Learning 

What is it and why is it important? Click here  to find out.

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Our 2020-21 global engage theory:        the power of yet

This year, Hankey K-8 Academy will continue focusing on creating a school-wide culture of growth mindset.  Growth mindset is an awareness and approach to thinking that allows for flexibility, open-mindedness and perseverance.  Having a growth mindset gives students motivation to embrace challenges, bounce back from mistakes, and leads to overall greater achievement in school.  The power of YET is a simple, but powerful idea that is founded on the idea that our brains can change, grow and adapt over time.  Watch these short videos to learn more...

Here are some articles to help you incorporate a growth mindset at home: 

How do I refer a student to the counselor?

I am here to help.  You can refer a student or request to see me Monday-Friday from 7:30-3:00 in the following ways:

  • K-5: Submit request here
  • 6th-8th: Submit request here

This Calming Room is a place for students and families to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings.

Disclaimer: The following links are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a mental health professional.


My Core Counseling Beliefs: 
  • Every student has dignity and worth.
  • Every student can grow given the right supports.
  • School Counselors advocate for ALL students.
CUSD Counseling Program Vision & Mission
Vision: The School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.
Mission: The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests, and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
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School-Wide Prevention

Goal: Ensure ALL students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being.

Prevention Activities:

  • School-wide guidance lessons 
  • School-wide assemblies/activities
  • Parent education workshops
  • Staff professional development workshops

Targeted Interventions

Goal: Identify data-driven systematic interventions for students experiencing barriers to academic success and emotional well-being.

Targeted Interventions:

  • Small group counseling
  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Crisis Intervention 
  • Community referrals
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 
  • Conflict mediation
Second Step Parent Codes

By logging in to the Second Step website, you will get to access the information and materials used in the lessons that your student(s) receive throughout the year. Familiarize yourself with the language and key concepts so that you can reinforce these important and essential life skills with your children. 

  • Kinder: SSPK FAMI LY70
  • 1st Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71
  • 2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72
  • 3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73
  • 4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74
  • 5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75

Second Step 6th Grade Family Letters (PDF)

Second Step 7th Grade Family Letters (PDF)

Second Step 8th Grade Family Letters (PDF)