Welcome to Esparza Elementary! 
Hello! My name is Erica Vasquez, and I am the counselor for 2nd and 4th grade students.  
Please know that you may call or email me at anytime. 
Contact and schedule information below:
Guidance and Counseling
One of our goals as a guidance and counseling department is to work with students many times a year through classroom guidance lessons. Our focus during this time is to promote the 4 skills goals: 

    Intrapersonal Relationships

  • Developing a positive self-concept
  • Changing a particular behavior
  • Developing ways to manage the demands of school, social activities, and family
  • Making positive decisions and taking responsibility for action
    Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating how prejudices can be harmful
  • Respecting and appreciating differences
  • Learning how to effectively communicate with others
  • Navigating relationships with friends, dating partners, family members, teachers, employers
    Post-secondary Planning and Career Readiness
  • Motivation to achieve in school
  • Understanding how grades can affect post-secondary choices
  • Selecting a career or college path
  • Setting post-graduation goals
    Personal Health and Safety
  • Identifying resilience and positive coping skills
  • Identifying assertiveness skills for personal protection
  • Learning how to set personal boundaries
  • Creating a personal wellness plan

These skills goals are a part of our 4 major components:
  • Guidance Curriculum- The Guidance Curriculum component includes skill-based lessons and units designed to help all students in kindergarten through 12th grade develop competence in essential life skills.
  • Responsive Services- The purpose of the Responsive Service component is to intervene with or on behalf of those students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades whose personal circumstance, concerns, or problems are threatening to interfere with or are interfering with their healthy personal, social, career and /or educational development.
  • Individual Planning- The Individual planning component is where students are guided in planning, monitoring and managing their own educational, career, personal and social development. Each student is provided with necessary steps toward his/her established goals.
  • System Support- The System Support component describes management activities which assure the delivery of a high quality guidance program, and service which indirectly benefit students by supporting other programs.
In addition to classroom guidance lessons, I will be seeing students in an individual and small group setting.