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Oksana Florescu

12th grade
Head Counselor

"SFIHS is special because I get to work with the amazing students that come from all over the world."


Ms. Oksana was born in Ukraine and immigrated to the US when she was 16 years old.  She attended UC Santa Barbara, where she earned her Bachelor's degree and the University of La Verne, where she received her Master's degree in School Counseling.

Ms. Oksana enjoys photography, traveling around the world and meeting people from different cultures.

Serena Chan

    11th grade     Counselor

"SFIHS is special because we defy the odds and rise above any barriers!"


Ms. Serena immigrated to SF from China when she was 11 years old. Therefore she speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. At 17 years old, she chose to be a school counselor because she wants to guide and support immigrant students to achieve higher education. She believes education can open different opportunities for students.

She chose UC Santa Cruz for a Bachelor of Art in Community Studies and a minor in Education. Then she went to SF State University for Masters of Counseling in School Counseling.

Ms. Serena enjoys visiting different colleges to help students find a "good fit" college; of course she also enjoys traveling. She enjoys visiting national parks, taking yoga classes, reading, and watching movies and trying new adventures.

Sasha Rodriguez

9/10th grade Counselor/Dean

"We really take care of one another." 


Ms. Sasha was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She attended San Francisco State University where she obtained her degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in School Counseling. 

Ms. Sasha loves to eat food, go shopping, and watch movies during her free time. 

Edith Melendez

9/10th grade Counselor