Hello Mark West Community,

The winter months are upon us! These are fun and exciting times we get to spend with family, friends and close ones in our lives. We invite you all to create positive memories for you and your family by enjoying the holiday season, check out local activities offered in your community.

Of course, sometimes the holiday season can bring stressful situations, societal pressures, family heritage and culture, family conflict and mixed messages for families. As counselors, we advise you to speak with family about expectations around the holiday season, make it clear what they can expect from you and what you expect from them. Also, take this opportunity to listen to your family’s expectations (especially your children) of the holiday season to avoid any misunderstandings or unrealistic expectations.

During these winter months the counseling team will continue to see students individually, in group settings, pushing into classrooms to teach about social emotional learning, supporting parents, supporting administration and staff as much as possible.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with a counselor, please feel free to reach out to your school counselor.

Happy Holidays,

The MWUSD Counseling team

Lionel Cooper, Karina Serrano & Antonio Garcia

Meet Our Counselors

Antonio Garcia (Bilingual)

Mark West Elementary & Charter Counselor


Mark West Elementary: 707-524-2990 x1516

Mark West Charter Middle School: 707-524-2741 x2144

Karina Serrano (Bilingual)

San Miguel Elementary Counselor

707-524-2960 x2177

Lionel Cooper

John B. Riebli Elementary Counselor

PPS, LMFT #48148, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

707-524-2980 x3144

About Our Program

Goals of the Elementary Guidance Counselor

  1. To assist students in understanding themselves.
  2. To provide crisis support when needed.
  3. Help develop strategies and plans based on the child’s strengths,
    challenges, and needs.
  4. Help students learn to become more cognizant of the consequences of
    their behavior.
  5. Support students to become successful and self-aware learners


  • Classroom Guidance Lessons TK through 8
    • ToolBox
    • Social Emotional Learning
    • Communication Skills
    • Resolving conflicts
    • Cyber safety
    • Bullying Prevention
    • SOS – Signs of Suicide (Gr. 6 through 8)
    • Human Trafficking  (Gr. 7 and 8)
  • Individual Counseling
    • Managing Anxiety and Depression
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Self Awareness and Goal Setting
    • Trauma
    • Family Support
  • Group Counseling
    • Newcomer Groups
    • Friendship Groups (K-3)
    • Topic Groups: Grief, Divorce
    • Academic and Emotional Support
    • Social Skills Group (4-8)
  • Parent Consultation
    • Parent conferencing
    • Parent workshops
  • Staff Consultation
    • Conferencing
    • Collaboration and Support
  • Community Outreach and Referral Resources
  • Other Programs
Go to Top