Welcome to the Santiago Charter Middle School

Counseling and Psychology Department.

We are here to help!

Academic Resources

We help with:

    • Scheduling and class selection

    • Academic Intervention/Supports

    • Grade Checks

    • Credit Recovery and Promotion Checks

    • Learning and Educational Support (504/IEP/SST)

Social- Emotional Resources

We help with:

    • Short term mental health support

    • Crisis Intervention

    • Conflict Resolution with peers

    • Outside Counseling Referrals

College and Career Resources

We help with:

    • Career Exploration

    • Post Secondary Option Exploration (College)

    • High School Planning (8th grade)

    • Career Day

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School Counseling and Psychology Staff

Mrs. Kerry Vicencia

kvicencia@orangeusd.org

Hi Santanas! This is my 1st year at Santiago and I am so excited to join the Santiago Counseling team. I graduated from UofA with a degree in Psychology before completing my M.Ed. in Educational Counseling & School Counseling Credential from Azusa Pacific University. When I am not working, you can find me running and training for my next marathon or spending time with my two kiddos. I can't wait to get to know all of you!

rpatel@orangeusd.org

Hi Santanas! This will be my 13th school year at Santiago. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from CSUF before completing my Masters in Educational Counseling, School Counseling Credential, and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling Credential from Azusa Pacific University. Additionally, I hold an Administrative Credential and am pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership, with an emphasis in Special Education. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends/family. The best part of my job is being able to support students throughout their middle school experience. #GetRADStayRAD

Mrs. Wendi Johnson

School Psychologist

wajohnson@orangeusd.org

Hi Santanas! This marks my 3rd year at Santiago. Prior to working at Santiago, I spent 17 years in OUSD as a school psychologist. I graduated from University of La Verne with a BA in English and attended Graduate School at National University. In my free time I like to travel, read, swim and spend time with my kids.


If you need mental health support, please consider the following resources:

  • Text Mrs. Vicencia's Google Number 714-485-3068

  • Text Ms. Patel's Google Number 714-784-5648

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255): Call 24/7, free and confidential support for you or your loved ones.

  • Text 'ACT' to the Crisis Text Line at 741741 24/7 for free, confidential support.

  • Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center- (800) 273-8255;.Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide. | www.didihirsch.org/orange-county

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI)- 1-800-950-NAMI (Helpline): Helpline and family resources and groups for those affected by mental illness. | www.namioc.org

  • The Trevor Project- A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Call, text or chat.