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Counseling Services

Mental Health Check-in Request form (

Escalon Unified wants to ensure we stay connected with those who need us most.  If a student you know may benefit from a mental health check-in or conflict mediation support, please complete this form and our Student Services team can reach out.  This form should only be used for mental health referrals/ concerns.  Anyone can complete the form to suggest a mental health provider check-in with a student.  

Student Support Services Staff


Farmington Elementary

Erica Paz, School Psychologist

(209) 886-5344


Collegeville Elementary

Erica Paz, School Psychologist 

Phone: (209) 941-2007 


Van Allen

Kelly Arrighi, School Psychologist  

Phone: (209) 838-2931




Dent Elementary

Alex Richardson, School Psychologist 

Phone: (209) 838-7031 

El Portal Middle School
Kelly Arrighi, School Psychologist 
Phone: (209) 838-7095
Mayra Manzo and Danielle Haro, School Counselor 
Phone: (209) 838-7095


Gateway Academy

Alex Richardson, School Psychologist                                Phone: (209) 838-7177


Escalon High/ Vista High School

Gianna Ginetti, School Psychologist       

(209) 691-9895


Phone: (209) 838-7073    

Gustavo Jimenez, School Counselor ext# 7111

Email: [email protected]


Geonna Peterson, School Counselor ext# 7113

Email: [email protected]


Rachel Strmiska, School Counselor      ext# 7116               

Email: [email protected]



Academic Counseling

El Portal Academic Counseling

Mayra Manzo, School Counselor is available for academic counseling as well.  To set up an appointment with Ms. Manzo regarding academic concerns please complete the following google form.  Feel free to visit her webpage:

EHS Academic Counseling

Escalon High counselors including Alina Swann, Teresa Stavrianoudakis, and Gustavo Jimenez can be reached by email to set up an appointment for academic support.  Please email your respective counselor to set up an appointment. The EHS counseling website can be reached by clicking here, as well.


Gustavo Jimenez  [email protected]

Geonna Peterson [email protected]

Rachel Strmiska [email protected]

Social Emotional Resources
For Students
Stress Management Resource for students in 5-12th grades
Crisis Hotlines
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Monitoring Applications that can be helpful for parents when looking at Screen Time Control:
- Bark
- Qustodio
- Canopy
- NetNanny
- FamilyTime
- Kids Guard Pro
- Disney Circle and Disney Circle Go
Social Media Guides 

Here’s a link to the Guides:


There’s also a Media Kit that includes email blast samples, social media post samples and other tools that can be used to promote these with parents:


For Parents
Mental Wellness Modules for Parents/ Educators/ and students over 13 years of age:
Free Family support groups in the community. option 1 and option 2
San Diego Parent Webinars for Mental Health: English and Spanish
How to Talk To Kids About Tragedies

Helpful Apps for Kids

Setting Up Rewards and Consequences

SEL Parent Toolkit

CASEL SEL Resources

Mindfulness Class Free Online -Mindful Schools

Video: Elmo – Belly Breathe

Video: Mindful Schools-”Just Breathe”

For Educators
Integrating SEL with Virtual Learning Environments (Gateway Charter Academy)

Social and Emotional Learning in California

SEL Guiding Principles

Overview of SEL

Video: What is SEL?

Suicide Prevention during Virtual Learning (Gateway Charter Academy)