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Counseling Department Staff



The goal of the counseling team is to help students succeed in their academic and personal lives. This help may take many forms and offers a confidential environment where students can explore solutions to their problems. The counseling team is available to provide personal support and academic guidance not only to achieve success in school but in preparation for leading fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Counseling Team:

 June Gonzalez
June Gonzalez, MS, P.P.S.    
School Counselor
Counseling Department Chair
Student Wellness/Mental Health Coordinator
Student Wellness/Mental Health - Clinical Counseling Interns (2022- 23):
Meridith Murdock        Sarah Gomez       Bethany              
Meridith             Sarah           Bethany                        
Murdock           Gomez         Miertschin                     
Euodia Choi       Peijan Chen       coming soon     
   Euodia            Peijen            Jesse
     Choi              Chen             Romo
Vivi Geng
Vivi Geng
Wellness Center Technician for SMHS & HMS
Tonya El-Hindi
Tonya El-Hindi
SMHS Titan Wellness Center, Supervising Clinician 
School Psychologist:
Mr. Duranso
Don Duranso, MS
Mr. Duranso is on-site Monday - Friday
[email protected]
School Psychologist Intern (2021-22):
Elizabeth Hurley
Betsy (Elizabeth)

The Middle School Journey…
Middle school is an exciting yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interest, connecting their learning in the classroom to it’s practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments of others; and a heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.