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Counselor's Corner

Meet the School Counselor
Mrs. Rachel Sanchez
                   Mrs. Rachel Sanchez

Contact Information


Main Office: (949) 492-3060

Schedule: M, T, e/o W  7:30am-3:00pm


Springfield College, B.S. Psychology

University of Massachusetts Amherst, M.ed. School Counseling, P.P.S. Credential, School Counseling

Antioch University, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

  Services provided
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons (Second Step Social-Emotional Curriculum)
  • Short Term Individual Counseling
  • Short Term Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention 
  • Parent Consultation 
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Lunch Workshops For Students
  • Schoolwide Programs
  • Community Referrals
CUSD School counseling program


Vision Statement


The Capistrano Unified School District School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.


Mission Statement


The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
School Counselor Beliefs
  • I believe school counselors have a responsibility to educate, advocate for, and motivate students from all backgrounds and abilities. 
  • I believe all students are capable of achieving their goals if given the opportunity. 
  • I believe school counselors should consult and collaborate with teachers, parents, and staff in order to create the most effective plan to help a student thrive.
  •  I believe school counselors have the unique role of helping students achieve educational and personal success by guiding them in the domains of academic, college and career readiness, and social/emotional development.
Virtual Counseling Office
Virtual Counseling Office


The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered via classroom guidance lessons once a month by the counselor to all students. Second Step is designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school, help them get along with others, and create a positive school climate in order to prevent school violence and bullying.  Second Step is a program rooted in social-emotional learning (SEL) that helps transform schools into supportive, successful learning environments while providing a sense of safety and respect in the entire school community.
What is Social Emotional Learning?
  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others 
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively 
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions 
  • Solving problems effectively
Second Step lessons for elementary grades include:
  • Listening & Focusing Attention
  • Respect, Empathy, & Compassion
  • Identifying Feelings 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down
  • Problem Solving 
Want more information on Second Step?  Below are activation keys you can use at to create an account to watch videos about the Second Step Program and get information about what your student is learning! click here.
  • Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70
  • 1st Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71
  • 2nd Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72
  • 3rd Grade: SSP3 FAMI LY73
  • 4th Grade: SSP4 FAMI LY74
  • 5th Grade: SSP5 FAMI LY75
If you are interested in learning how to connect Second Step at home and implement the concepts in the home setting, please click on the following link: Second Step Home Links.
*Please note that not all lessons have home links.

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