MVSD Counseling Website

MVSD Counseling Mission Statement

The Mountain View School Counseling Team is dedicated to delivering a multi‐faceted, comprehensive, and data-driven school counseling program.  In collaboration with students, staff, and families we will provide equitable services in the domains of Academic, Social-Emotional Development, and College and Career Readiness. We will support all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to develop a growth mindset to become lifelong learners, effective communicators, and globally responsible citizens for the 21st century.

Dear Students and Parents,

MVSD Counselors, wanted to assure you that we are here to support the academic, and social/emotional needs of ALL students. Change can occur in everyone’s life from one day to the next. One day you may feeling scared, confused, lonely, numb, angry, grateful, or calm. Your resilience and determination is admirable. All MVSD counselors collaborated in making this website to prepare information, resources, and creative ways to to provide you with information about our counseling program & a variety of mental health resources. We want to provide information on the various ways that you can connect with us as well as participate in learning opportunities via this online platform. In this site you will find various links to resources and activities that will allow you to focus on your emotional well-being. Simply click any of the images below and it will redirect you to the appropriate resource or activity. 

Warm Regards,

MVSD Counseling Team

Website Disclaimer: The following links are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. 

Select a space to explore by clicking on one of the pictures below:

For Parents

Community Resources for Students & Families

MVSD Virtual Calming Room

Role of the School Counselor

The role of a School Counselor is to implement a comprehensive school counseling program to support a student's developmental needs through interventions in academic, social/emotional, and career domains in partnership with parents, guardians, and all members of the school community. Counselors are the key stakeholders in a collaborative effort to provide a safe and supportive environment academically, physically, and emotionally. To learn more about School Counselors click on one of the following buttons:

        Ms. Banda  


Counseling Assignment: Payne Elementary K-6  


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Ms. Brumby 


Counseling Assignment: Baker Elementary TK-6

Education: BA-Psychology with a minor in Human Services from Cal State Fullerton, MS in Marriage & Family Therapy from U. of La Verne, & MA & Credential from Pupil Personnel Services from U. of La Verne 

Fun Facts: I currently have 1 dog named Tucker, 3 ball pythons, and 4 crested geckos. During my spare time I love playing video games, water coloring, & cooking new recipes. My favorite book is the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. My favorite TV show is anything Star Trek & I love Star Wars movies. My favorite psychological theorist is Gestalt Psychology. 

Mrs. Chirinos 


Counseling Assignment: Twin Lakes 1-6

Education: Cerritos College- Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Cal State University, Los Angeles- Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and minor in Social Gerontology, Cal State University, Los Angeles- Master of Science in School Counseling Leadership, Pupil Personnel Services and School Child Welfare and Attendance credentials 

Fun Facts:Hello Comets! Mrs. Chirinos is passionate about fostering a space where students feel safe, understood, and welcomed. I believe every student is capable and I am passionate about helping students develop the skills they need to thrive academically and socio-emotionally. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and traveling anywhere where there is a relaxing beach. I love nature, camping and I enjoy listening to music and dancing. My favorite food is Nicaraguan food and sweet desserts. 

Ms. Durall "Ms. D"


Counseling Assignment: Maxson Elementary K-6

Education: Master of Arts in Educational Administration; Master of Arts in Education / Multicultural Emphasis; Master of Arts School Counseling; Pupil Personnel Services Credential 

Fun Facts: Anyone who knows Ms. "D" knows that she loves family, young people- children and youth, cooking, singing, dancing, good-hearty laughter, and always looking for things to smile and make others smile. You will hear her say, "We will always come up with a solution to a problem because we have what it takes to make it together!" Another thing that always comes from Ms. "D" is unconditional love and acceptance for everyone and of course a side-side-by-side warm hug! 

Mrs. Garay 


Counseling Assignment: Miramonte Elementary K-6 


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Ms. Garcia 


Counseling Assignment: Monte Vista K-6


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Mrs. Lira 


Counseling Assignment: Monte Vista 7-8


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Mrs. Martinez 


Counseling Assignment: Parkview 7-8 Grade 

Education: Rio Hondo AS- Child Development Cal State Fullerton- BS Human Services- Elementary Education USC- M.Ed School Counseling and PPS Credential Cal State Dominguez Hills- CWA credential 

Fun Facts:Disney family right here! We love going to Disneyland and California Adventure. I coach the South El Monte High School Drill Team (20 years) Favorite Food: King Taco and pasta. I love music and going to concerts. I have 3 frenchies (Kobe, Gigi & Chanel) 

Ms. Nuñez


Counseling Assignment: Independent Studies Program TK-8th grade

Education: Citrus College AS- Child Development, Cal Poly Pomona - BS Child Development, USC M.Ed School Counseling and PPS Credential 

Fun Facts: I am a lover of coffee, mexican food/snacks, and watching movies. My favorite quote is from Frida Kahlo "At the end of the day we can endure much more than we think we can".  My favorite book is "Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter" by Erika Sanchez. 

Mrs. Olivas 


Counseling Assignment: La Primaria K-3 / Baker TK - 6


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Mrs. Pungprechawat -Mrs. P


Counseling Assignment: Foster Youth Services 

Education: AA. in Child Development, BS. in Business Management, MAEd. Masters in Educational and Clinical Counseling, PPS. Pupil Personnel Service Credential ,APCC. License Professional Clinical Counselor for the State of California 

Fun Facts:Mrs. P is a foodie and likes trying new things. I love to admire nature's beauty by taking a walk in the park, a hike, or a relaxing time at the beach. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, listening to music, dancing, watching sports and doing outdoor activities. I’m a social butterfly and enjoy meeting new people anywhere I go and listening to their stories. Quote: “If you wake up in the morning and you feel like nothing is going right……you start to criticize yourself……. remember and tell yourself…..I should get up, raise my hands, and say I AM HERE! Because I am important to me. Then take a moment and take your first sip of coffee. You are right where you should be” Smile! 

Mrs. Rios 


Counseling Assignment: Twin Lakes 7-8 grade 

Education: University of La Verne Masters in Educational Counseling PPS credential 

Fun Facts:Hello students, one fun fact about me is that I grew up in El Monte. I am a Twin Lakes Elementary, Madrid Middle School, and Mountain View High School Alumni. I love to be surrounded by nature with my two girls and husband. Sushi is my favorite food, Disney is my happy place, and I am a lover of positive quotes and affirmations. "A positive mindset brings positive things." 

Mrs. Soto


Counseling Assignment: Parkview K-6th Grade

Education:Bachelors in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona. Maters of Science in Educational Counseling, PPS from University of La Verne 

Hobbies/Favorites: I love all animals. I have a bunny and a dog for pets.  Nature really calms me. Favorite quote, "Speak to your child as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on the Earth, for what they believe is what they will become!"  -Brooke Hampton