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Meet Ms. Sliva

Hello Tulita Tidalwaves community!  My name is Meaghan Sliva and I am one of the School Counselors at Tulita Elementary School.  This is my 2nd year working in the Redondo Beach Unified School District and I am excited to be back!  I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.  


Outside of work, I enjoy going to the beach, traveling, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.


I am on campus every Monday, Thursday, and every other Wednesday.  Please feel free to contact me any time.  I look forward to working with everyone!

Meet Mrs. Puentes

Hello! My name is Veronica Puentes and I am one of the School Counselor at Tulita Elementary. I have been a School Counselor in the Redondo Beach Unified School District since 2008. I'm starting my 11th year!  I graduated with Master degree in Counseling, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and a Child Welfare and Attendance Credential. I'm on campus every Tuesday.


On my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, my baby boy, step-daughter, and fur baby named Zoe. I love hiking, finding new places to eat, exploring new places, reading, shopping, movies, and spending time with friends and family. 

 If you would like to refer your child, or would like community resources, please feel free to contact us at or Ms. Sliva at (310) 798-8628 ext. 1354 and 1358. We would be more than happy to help in any way we can. We look forward to working with and supporting Tulita families and staff!

In television and film, they used to be called guidance counselors and they were often portrayed as really nice adults who invited students to have awkward conversations that they dreaded. In reality, the role of the school counselor is much more integral in the school setting. For a counselor, there’s no higher calling than improving the lives of their students academically, socially, and psychologically.

We are fortunate to have many programs and support systems available to help our students learn and grow as healthy and happy individuals. Beach Cities Health District, Blue Zones, Redondo Beach Education Foundation, and PTA are supporting a number of programs to support physical health including physical education, nutrition education, garden education, and mindful breathing.

In addition to physical health, we are committed to helping our students with social and emotional well-being. Thanks to the support provided by RBEF, Ms. Sliva and Mrs. Puentes our school counselors, lead the way on this front. They provide school-based counseling services, meeting with individual children and small groups to address a variety of social and emotional challenges that may affect students’ health, happiness, and academic success. Ms. Sliva and Mrs.Puentes' groups help students in areas such as managing anger and emotions, being a good communicator, and making and keeping friends. They also provide regular classroom lessons to help our students develop good citizenship, healthy habits, and social skills. We are also excited to have Ms. Sliva and Mrs. Puentes continue to advise classroom teachers on the implementation of the MindUP curriculum. MindUP is a family of social, emotional, and attentional self-regulatory strategies and skills developed for cultivating well-being and emotional balance. 

We are excited to have a wonderful school counselor in Ms. Sliva and Mrs. Puentes and look forward to helping our children develop as confident and happy learners and people.