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Counselors

Counselors:

 

Maria Westbrook (760) 901-8900 ext. 8909    

maria.westbrook@oside.us

 

Sara Ozuna (760) 901-8900 ext. 8926   

sara.ozuna@oside.us

Counseling

Sara Ozuna

 

I’m so grateful to be a school counselor here at Lincoln and to have the opportunity to work with students on their academic, social and personal growth. As we all know, middle school is not always the easiest time of our lives and I enjoy supporting students in navigating their way through the often bumpy terrain. I was extremely fortunate to have been born and raised on the Island of Oahu in Hawaii. I attended a transformational program called Winners’ Camp as a teenager which sparked in me the desire to help people realize their true potential. I wanted a different experience for college (and I sure got one) at The University of Vermont, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with B.A. degrees in Psychology and Sociology. After college I moved to Encinitas, CA, where I have lived for the past 20 years with my husband and three boys. I spent 10 years working with Quantum Learning Network, a phenomenal, cutting edge educational company, which allowed me the opportunity to travel around the country and the world delivering life-changing student programs. I next attended National University in San Diego, where I earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling. I have been blessed to work at Lincoln since 2014 and I hope to continue here for many years to come.  

Maria Westbrook

What Lincoln Counselors Do

School counselors are vital members of the Lincoln MS education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.

Middle School Students’ Developmental Needs
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 interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

Meeting the Challenge
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century.

Information from: The American School Counselors Association, http://www.schoolcounselor.org