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Get to Know Your Counselor

MEET OUR TEAM

RUHS Counseling Team Welcome Video

 

A-Car: DENISE HOLMES  joined the Sea Hawks in 2013 after working as a middle school counselor for 6 years and a middle school assistant principal (counseling) for 8 years in Los Angeles.  She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Sociology at the University of California, Riverside.  She attended the University of Southern California, where she earned a  Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Pupil Personnel  Services Credential  in School Counseling . 

Contact Information:  [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4043

Hobbies/Interests: Mrs. Holmes enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends at the beach or skiing during the winter.

 

 

 

Cas-Far: CECILIA PHO joined the Sea Hawk family in 2022. Prior to joining RUHS, she provided counseling services at Parras and Adams Middle School. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of San Diego and her master's degree and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling from CSU Long Beach. Ms. Pho also earned a graduate certificate in Applied Disability Studies from CSU Long Beach.

Contact Information:  [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4021

Hobbies/Interests: Ms. Pho enjoys hiking, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Favorite Quote: "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." - Nelson Mandela

Ms. Pho

 

Fas-Ik:  DEANNA JOHNSTON joined the Sea Hawk family in 2015.   She comes to us from Arizona where she has taught English, Theater Arts and Speech and Debate for fifteen years; for the last two years, she has served the educational community as a school counselor. She is well versed in college academic planning!  Mrs. Johnston earned her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Arizona and a Masters Degree in School Guidance Counseling from Ottawa University. She has her Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling.

Contact Information:  [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4016

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Hobbies/Interests: Mrs. Johnston enjoys reading, jogging, hiking and spending time with her husband and three kids. 

 

 

IL-Mar:  IVY LEE joined the Sea Hawks in 2019, and prior to RUHS, she worked as a high school counselor in the Bay Area.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Economics & Policy at UC Berkeley and received her Master’s in Counseling at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She finds true joy in working with and for young people!

Contact Information: [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4029

 

Hobbies/interests: Loves good food, spending time with family and friends, and exploring the outdoors/new places.

 

Ms. Lee

 

 

Mas-P:  EVA ZISS-PATTON Joined the Sea Hawk family in 2022 after working in many roles, including as a high school counselor, with Torrance USD. She earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside. She attended the University of Southern California, where she earned a Masters of Education and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling. She is passionate about serving students and families within this community. 

Contact Information:  [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4012

Hobbies/Interests: She enjoys nice hotels, good food, crafting and spending time with her family and friends. 

Eva

 

 

Pj-So:  AROND SCHONBERG attended Pacific Lutheran University and Western Washington University, earning a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.  He has worked as an advocate for the homeless community as a social worker for 11 years.  While working as a social worker, he earned a Masters Degree in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential from CSU Long Beach.  Mr. Schonberg joined the school counseling team at RUHS in 2001.

Contact Information:  [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4014

Favorite Quote:  "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."  Benjamin Franklin

 

 

 

Sp-Z:  ASHLEY MACDONALD joined the Sea Hawk family in 2021 after working as a middle school counselor at Adams and Parras Middle Schools for five years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish from UC Santa Barbara and her MA in Education & Human Development with an emphasis in School Counseling from The George Washington University. Mrs. MacDonald also has her college counseling certificate and a Pupil Personnel Service Credential in School Counseling.

Contact Information: [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4026

Hobbies/Interests: Mrs. MacDonald enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading, traveling and catching up with friends any chance she gets.

Ashley

 

 

 

ACADEMIC COUNSELOR:  ASHLEY AHN Joined the Sea Hawks in 2022 and is ecstatic to be part of the RUHS family. Prior to working at RUHS Ms. Ahn worked as a high school Special Education teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at New York University, her Master's in Adolescence Inclusive Education at Long Island University, and her Master's in School Counseling at Brooklyn College. 

Contact Information: [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4015

Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, reading, trying new food, and spending time with her family and friends!

 
Ashley A

 

 

 

 

 

11th and 12th Grade College & Career Resource Counselors in "The Nest"  

 

A-K:  SHANNON RODRIGUEZ is a graduate of UCLA with a BA in Economics.  In 1992, she joined the RUHS school community and has served as an instructional aide, teacher, school counselor, assistant principal (counseling) and college/career counselor.  She has earned the following credentials:  Masters Degree in Education; Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Studies; Bilingual Specialist Credential and a credential in Administration.  A Sea Hawk at heart, Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of RUHS, Class of 1981.

Contact Information:  [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4030

Hobbies/Interests: She enjoys running, reading economics and theology, and spending time with family.  

 

L-Z:  CRISTINA QUINTANA

I am so excited to be back at RUHS as a College/Career Counselor in the Nest! A former Sea Hawk myself (Class of 2009), I went to El Camino College and transferred to UCLA where I received my Bachelors in Sociology. I returned to RUHS working as an AVID Tutor and that is where my passion for school counseling blossomed. From there, I received a Masters in Counseling at University of San Diego. For the past few years, I have worked as a counselor for high school international students helping them prepare and be competitive applicants for university in the U.S. 

 

In my free time, I love hanging out with my husband, my 2 dogs, going to pilates, and enjoying the sunshine.

 

Contact Information:  [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4037

Cristina Quintana

 

 

To make Nest appointments:  Contact Mrs. Marian Clausen at [email protected], 310-798-8665, x4037, or stop by the College & Career Center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mental Health & Wellness Counselor

 
RACHEL ANDREWS
 
I have served the Redondo Beach community as a counselor at Parras Middle School for 14 years.  I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and very passionate about addressing the social-emotional and mental health needs of our students. I attended UC Santa Barbara (Go Gauchos) for Psychology and Loyola Marymount University for Counseling.  My background is in criminal justice which has shaped my professional approach to emphasize prevention. I am excited to start a Wellness Center on our campus where students can attend wellness-based activities and events and am available to see students for individual counseling as needed. I have a four year old boy and thirteen month old girl
 
Contact Information: [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 4174
 
Hobbies/Interests:  Enjoys reading, hiking, live music, and all things nerdy and fun like Harry Potter, GOT, LOTR, Star Wars, etc. Can’t wait to meet you!
 
Rachel Andrews
 
 
 
LAUREN SMITH
 
I am a School Counselor and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. I have always had a big heart for serving others and experiencing the joy of this synergistic relationship. I received my Master's in School Counseling from Chapman University. My big ideas as a counselor include cultural competence and self-reflection, tolerance and ambiguity, commitment to service, and advocacy. I use a person-centered approach with Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy modalities. I am confident in my ability to build a welcoming environment for the utmost growth and confidence for the student body at RUHS.
 
Contact Information: [email protected]; 310-798-8665, extension 1358
 
Hobbies/Interests:  I love traveling, Pilates and dogs! I will be at the Wellness Center on Thursdays and Fridays. I cant wait to meet you! 
 
Lauren Smith
 
 

COUNSELOR APPOINTMENTS

NANCY HAMMOND

Counseling Department Administrative Assistant  

[email protected]

310-798-8665 x4013

Nancy

 
NEST APPOINTMENTS
 
MARIAN CLAUSEN
 
College & Career Center Assistant
 
 
310-798-8665 x4037
 
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SUPPORT TEAM MEMBERS

DR. KYLE GARRITY 

Assistant Principal, Counseling

[email protected]

310-798-8665 x4004

Kyle Garrity

JOY SCARCLIFF  

Registrar - Transcripts

[email protected]

310-798-8665 x 4007