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Our Amazing Counselors at Back to School Night
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WHat will we be doing this year?

-Short-term Individual Counseling and Small Groups

-504 Case Managers

-Classroom SEL lessons

-Members of COST and PBIS teams

-Annual Career Fair

-Risk Assessments

-Conflict Resolutions

-Lunch Supervision

-Articulation for incoming 6th graders and future 9th graders

-Collaboration with administration, teachers, parents, and community members

-Much More!

Get to Know Your Counselors

6th grade:  Jenifer Heck, M.Ed., PPSC

I am beginning my first year at RMS and I am ready to help our incoming 6th grade students successfully transition to middle school. I recently relocated to the Bay Area from Fresno where I was born and raised. I have worked in education for 20+ years having held positions ranging from college, high school and middle school levels. I am passionate about junior high as I see it as the perfect age to assist young scholars in developing good habits to help lay the foundations for success. I attended UC Santa Barbara, earned a degree in Law and Society and though I planned on attending law school, I felt called to work as a counselor. I began my career as a high school ELD teacher and Coordinator and went on to earn my Masters in Educational Counseling with a PPS credential. I have an 18 year old daughter named Katherine, and a supportive extended family in Fresno and Baja Mexico. We enjoy snow skiing, traveling to the family beach house in Mexico, crafting and DIY projects.

7th Grade:  Lauren Rocha, M.a., PPSC

Hello Ralston Rams! I am ecstatic to be part of your team this year. After two years working at The Wellness Center at Henry M. Gunn High School, I am excited to begin my first role as a credentialed school counselor. One of my biggest passions is supporting student mental health and working on initiatives that reduce the stigma around mental health that many people face. I will be supporting all 7th grade students this year. During my free time I love to exercise, camp, and try new foods. My family is a big part of my life and I enjoy spending time traveling with them when I can. I grew up on a farm in Hilmar, California and would love to tell you more about it when we meet in person. Wishing you the best school year!

8th Grade: Rachel Parker, M.Ed., PPSC

I am so excited to be joining the Ralston team this year! I have been a school counselor for about 6 years. This past year, I was in San Carlos School District, where I was an elementary school counselor. I have also had the opportunity to be a counselor at the middle school and high school levels in Southern California and then at a middle school in San Francisco, and I am happy to be back with middle schoolers! My hope for this year is that we will be able to form a comprehensive counseling team that will address the needs of all students and prioritize the mental health of the students so that they will feel supported and valued. I have three kids (identical twin 6 year old girls and a 9 year old son) and I love to spend time with them, my husband, and our two dogs, a mini dachshund and a beagle. I can't wait to begin working with the 8th graders this year!