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NHE Comprehensive Counseling Program


Mrs. Alabanza-de la Cruz, School Counselor

My role is to provide support to all our students, families, community and staff. The areas that I will focus on are the following: personal/social, academic and career development. I will work closely with teachers, parents, support staff and community agencies to identify issues that may be interfering with our student's learning process and collaborate a plan to address his/hers issues. My goal and I know your goal also, is for our students to be successful and reach their highest potential. I will be working on attendance concerns, facilitating our Response to Intervention (RTI) RTI Procedure Flow Chart meetings, 504 Plans and building on our goals, that Character Counts.

As an elementary counselor, it is my passion and objective to assist students in reaching their fullest potential and become effective learners. My goal is to complement the learning environment in your classrooms by using a child-centered, preventative, and developmental approach. My counseling services will be implemented with students by way of individual/small group counseling sessions, guidance lessons, read-alouds in the classroom and push-in support.

I would love to continue on strengthening at Normal Heights Elementary a Comprehensive Counseling Program, focusing on assisting all the student's needs and creating a PROACTIVE school environment.


Counseling Services (1:1 or Group)

School Success ~Academic Success ~ Personal Conflict ~ Self-Esteem ~ Communication Skills ~ Support During Crisis ~ New Student Support ~ Family Concerns ~ Peer Conflict ~ Goal-Setting ~ Social Skills ~ Career Exploration ~ Character Education


Why Elementary School Counselors

"Today's young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders and citizens, every student needs support, guidance and opportunities during childhood, a time of rapid growth and change. Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement." -ASCA


Vision Statement

All PK-12 students in the San Diego Unified School District are to receive comprehensive and equitable School Counseling services as a required part of the students' total educational program in order to prepare for successful grade level transitions with necessary character, college and career readiness skills.

Mission Statement

San Diego Unified School District's School Counselors are leaders and advocates in education by implementing essential programs, focusing on academic development, personal/social development, and career planning. School Counselors will establish and maintain partnerships with school and community organizations that promote student achievement.

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