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Get to Know Your Counselors

Ralston School Counselors

Shannon Smoot, MA, PPSC, APCC4746

 

Passionate | Social Justice Warrior | Loyal

 


Ralston School Counselor, Last Names A-K


 

Personal Mission

 

To approach my work from a place of love, understanding, equity, and advocacy so that I stay grounded & rooted in the heart of the community. To always be intentional in my engagement with students so that I can effectively support them in realizing THEIR full potential and they can feel safe, cared for, & confident in who they are. And, to collaborate with key stakeholders to transform schools in becoming trauma informed, equitable, and inclusive for all.

 

Hometown: Born and raised in San Mateo, Ca

 

Education:

● University of San Francisco

○ Masters in Counseling Psychology

■ Dual concentrations in School Counseling & Clinical Counseling

● University of California, Santa Cruz

○ Bachelors in Community Studies, Concentrations: Youth Development, Youth Organizing, & Youth Empowerment

● Pupil Personnel Services Credential, PPSC

● Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor APCC4746

● Mindful Educator (16 Hours given by Mindful Schools)

 

Passions/Interests:

● Spending time with family and friends

● Mindfulness

● Nature & Plants

● Hiking

● Reading/writing/learning

● Graffiti Art

● Inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community

● Juvenile Justice

● Youth Organizing/movements

● Trauma Informed Care 

 

Favorite Brain Food: Chips & Salsa

 

Advice to parents/caregivers: Your students are on this amazing journey! Approach their experiences and all that they are with wonderment, meet them where they are at, and validate, validate, validate.

 

Advice to Students​: Trust your gut. It knows what your head hasn’t figured out yet.

 

Life Motto: “Be you, Love You, All Ways, Always”- Alex Elle

 

Contact Information:

ssmoot@brssd.org 

650-637-4880 x 1610

Room 10

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Christian Mach, M.A., PPSC

 

Genuine  |  Empathic  |  Courageous

 



Ralston School Counselor, Last Names L-Z

 

Personal Mission

 

I want to help my students to reach their full potential. I want to explore with them their unique strengths, interests, values & personality traits so they can enhance their self-awareness and self-confidence. I want to be an effective collaborator in the effort to make a positive contribution to our learning community.  

 

Hometown: I grew up in Connecticut, Illinois, and Pennsylvania but have since lived in many places including Alaska, Texas, and Eastern Europe. I consider myself to be a member of the global community…a citizen of the world.

 

Education:

  • Penn State University—Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology
  • James Madison University—Master of Education degree in Counseling Psychology
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential—School Counseling

 

Passion/Interests

  • Reading, Writing, Learning & Teaching
  • Hiking, Biking & Running
  • Chess, Billiards & Tennis
  • Freedom, Justice, Equity, Environmental Stewardship & Participatory Democracy
  • Being socially-conscious & working with others to create a better world

 

Favorite Brain Food: Peanut Butter

 

Advice to parents/caregivers: You have the hardest job in the world…try to be patient and set realistic expectations (of yourself as well as your child). No one is perfect!

 

Advice to students: Be honest with yourself & others. Keep it real!

 

Life Motto/Quote: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” -Martin Luther King, Jr. / “We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”-Howard Zinn

 

Contact Information:

cmach@brssd.org

650-637-4880 x 1608

Rm. 8