School Counseling

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Hello Walker Family and Community,

Walker Elementary School is one of only twenty-five schools in the district to have a full-time school counselor. There are many benefits of having a full-time school counselor. As the Walker School Counselor, I utilize the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) national model to create an intentional comprehensive school counseling program that ensures the safety and the emotional well-being of our students.

A school counselor supports students in the domains of social-emotional growth, academic performance, and college/career readiness. Counseling services provide social-emotional support through individual and group counseling, core curriculum lessons using the Second Step curriculum and restorative justice practices, and implementing school-wide activities to build a culture of success. Through classroom lessons, I facilitate student discussions on how to focus attention and be good learners, facilitating student support team (SST) meetings, Section 504 plans, and observing classrooms throughout the school year as needed. College and career readiness is taught through career lessons and providing students with the skills to learn and get along with others.

The school counselor is also responsible for facilitating national events such as The Great Kindness Challenge, where students are challenged to complete kindness tasks, and also Red Ribbon Week where students are educated on the harmful affects of drugs. These lessons are adapted to be developmentally appropriate.

In addition, I am the advisor to student council/ASB and games leaders; both of which teach student leadership qualities. I also coordinate efforts between the school and community partners, that benefit students and families. Currently, I work with Feeding San Diego, Christ Community Church, Douglas Young, the Office of Youth and Transition, and more.

The school counselor at Walker is a critical role, working to ensure the safety and well being of all Walker students. The social emotional skills developed throughout elementary school will last a lifetime. While working with over 130 students directly each day, the school counselor impacts our students significantly.

For a list of community resources please click here. Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you, 

Ashley Mariano, School Counselor

Phone: 858-987-5100 ext. 3059

Email: [email protected]


*Confidentiality: Please note that much of my work with your student is confidential, which means that I respect your child's right to privacy. Information is shared when there is a safety concern or on a need to know basis in order to best help your child.

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