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Counselors Corner


Hi All!

My name is Gloria Gutierrez and I am the school counselor at Anza Elementary. You may be wondering what an elementary school counselor does and when this would be important to you - my goal is for you to know the answers to those questions, and how to get in touch with me, by the end of this introduction.

What I do is many things - my direct service to students includes counseling individually and in groups, and providing social and emotional lessons in the classroom. Students come to see me if they need help with friendship or social problems, are struggling with a life event, like a new sibling, moving, divorce, or death of a loved one, trying to manage strong emotions like jealousy, anger, and sadness, or even if they have questions about college or careers. Students can refer themselves, or a teacher or parent can refer their student - a link for referral is available on this site.

Some of my work is behind the scenes, like working with parents and teachers to increase student success in the classroom and playground, planning and implementing events and programs designed to make school a safe and welcoming place for learning, or sharing important knowledge to become a global citizen, like safety, bullying awareness, and mental health awareness (among others). When appropriate, I provide resources to teachers and parents (e.g. parenting classes, support groups, tutoring, childcare, mental health resources).

I also have additional duties that include a role on the Special Education and Student Success teams and serving as 504 Coordinator for Anza. 

To refer your child to see me, please fill out the referral form. Please note that it is not within my scope to provide counseling on issues that do not impact school, or are better suited to be addressed by another mental health professional, like a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist - but, I can work with your outside professional, with your permission, to provide school-based support for treatment goals.

Important Information

My new days at Anza are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with occasional trainings that take me off-site. To reach me by phone or email, please see below. 

Keep up the good work!
 
 

Gloria Gutierrez MA PPS
gutierrez.gloria@tusd.org