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Counselors' Corner

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Counseling 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.

Guidance Department

Assistant Principal of Guidance

Michael Hatcher

Academic Advisors (by student last names)

Ms. Young (A-Deu)

Mrs. Arlotti (Dev-H)

Mrs. Acosta (I-Mic)

Ms. Wada (Mid-Sam)

Mrs. O'Donovan (San-Z)

School Counselors

Ms. McMichael

Mrs. Runyan

10 Summer Activities That Will Turn Admissions’ Heads

by Suzanne Shaffer from TeenLife


In today’s competitive college admissions market, a student is faced with the task of setting him or herself apart from other applicants. Colleges look for students who dedicate themselves to activities and projects to build a well-rounded incoming freshman class. Admission officers look for students who demonstrate interesting and diverse qualities, not just those who spend 100% of their time studying. Colleges need and want students who are committed to activities that they are passionate about.


The summer creates opportunities for students to demonstrate this quality. The last thing you want to communicate is that you are lazy, spending your summers on the couch watching television and playing video games. Colleges don’t offer admission to unmotivated students. They offer admission to students who are well-rounded, and demonstrate a commitment to activities outside the classroom.

Summer is the best time to show colleges that you are more than your GPA or your SAT score. Read the rest of the article here . . .

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Guidance Questions?


Test-Taking Tips

No matter what type of test you are about to take there are tips to help you do the best you can. 

Kids of Helicopter Parents Are Sputtering Out


As parents, our intentions are sound—more than sound: We love our kids fiercely and want only the very best for them. Yet, having succumbed to a combination of safety fears, a college admissions arms race, and perhaps our own needy ego, our sense of what is “best” for our kids is completely out of whack. We don’t want our kids to bonk their heads or have hurt feelings, but we’re willing to take real chances with their mental health? Article by J. Lythcott-Haimes

Teen & Family Hotlines

National Hotlines

California Youth Crisis Line (24/7) 1-800-843-5200 

National Runaway Safeline (24/7) 1-800-786-2929

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) 1-800-273-8255

SAFE Alternatives (Self-Injury Hotline) (24/7) 1-800-366-8288

Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth) (24/7) 1-866-488-7386,Text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200 (hours vary) or Chat Online 

Teen Line  (hours vary)1-800-852-8336 or Text "TEEN" to 839863


Orange County Local Hotlines

OC Domestic Violence Hotline (OC Sherriff's Dept) (24/7) 714-992-1931 

OC Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline (24/7) 1-877-727-4747

OC Links (OC Dept of Behavioral Health Services) (M-F 8a-6p) 1-855-625-4657

P.F.L.A.G. South OC Chapter (Parents and Friends of LGBTQ persons) 949-677-7840


Who are Tesoro's School Counselors?

Tesoro High School currently has two full-time credentialed professional school counselors on staff, Jaime Runyan and Erin McMichael. Any Tesoro student can see either counselor as they are not assigned by alphabet like they are with academic advisors.

The counselors are available for appointments M-F from 6:30am-3:00pm.

Contact info:

Phone (949) 234-5310


They are also available via SchoolLoop.

Mrs. Runyan

It has been a pleasure serving as Tesoro's School Counselor since its inaugural year in fall 2001.

I am a graduate of San Clemente High School, in Capistrano Unified.  I went on to receive my Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Purdue University and earned my Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine University. 

I have always made it a priority to work with students and advocate for them.  I worked with Capistrano Unified and Pepperdine University through the Safe Schools Act and have teamed up with the PRYDE program through the Orange County Sheriff Coroners Department and Pepperdine University.  I have worked with all age groups, but high school is where my true passion lies.

I have a wonderful husband and three beautiful children and a mastiff.  :)

I am honored to be a part of the Titan Family.


Ms. McMichael

Hello Titans! I joined the Tesoro guidance team in 2015. I currently live in Los Angeles (yes, I commute...) but I am a native of Palm Springs. I earned my B.A. degree in Psychology in 2011, my M.S. degree in Counseling (Option in School Counseling) and my California Pupil & Personnel Services Credential in 2015, all from California State University, Northridge. I was a research assistant in the social psychological research lab at Yale University in the summer of 2010. 

My counseling philosophy is that I value and respect each student for their uniqueness and cultural worldviews; I focus on strengths while providing help with academic or personal life challenges. It is my aim to help students help themselves so that they can be successful when navigating their chosen life path. 

My interests and hobbies include spending time with my family and pets, singing karaoke (I was a Karaoke DJ for 6 years to help pay my college tuition, lol!), watching great films, doing crossword puzzles, reading, Netflix binging, volunteering for animal rescues, and discovering delicious restaurants. 


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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