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Hi, my name is Aly Hale. I am excited to be one of the new school counselors at Tulita Elementary. After growing up in Maryland, I moved out to Southern California fifteen years ago. My husband Brian and I have two beautiful daughters. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Science in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. I enjoy working with children and helping them reach their goals of academic and personal success. My philosophy of school counseling includes building relationships with students of all backgrounds, focusing on the “whole child”, having enthusiasm to help students be academically and personally successful in all aspects of life, advocating for students success, and collaborating with parents and other school professionals. As a school counselor, my mission is to help students learn about themselves and develop in three key areas: personal/social, education and career.

I look forward to getting to know all our Tulita families this school year!

Hello! My name is Veronica G. Puentes and I am one of the School Counselors at Tulita Elementary. I have been a School Counselor for 10 years, and 8 of those here in the Redondo Beach Unified School District. I have a Master degree in Counseling, a Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and a Child Welfare and Attendance Credential.

On my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, step-daughter, and dogs. I love to travel, take long walks, find new yummy places to eat, work out, read, shop, watch movies and Netflix, and hang out with friends and family.

I look forward to working with and supporting our Tulita students, 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, Mrs. Hale and Ms. Guerrero, our school counselors, leads the way on this front. They provides 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. Mrs. Hale and Ms. Guerrero's groups help students in areas such as managing anger and emotions, being a good communicator, and making and keeping friends. They also provides regular classroom lessons to help our students develop good citizenship, healthy habits, and social skills. We are also excited to have Mrs. Hale and Ms. Guerrero 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 Mrs. Hale and Ms. Guerrero and look forward to helping our children develop as confident and happy learners and people.