School Support Services
LeyVa Middle School strives to promote academic achievement while also supporting the social and emotional needs and college/career-readiness goals of all students. We have a school counselor, school social worker, and school psychologist along with rotating social work interns and marriage and family therapy trainees to support students through different types of challenges and opportunities.
LeyVa offers numerous support services to students including clubs, school-wide events, classroom lessons, connection to family resources, assessment for learning differences, accommodation plans, individual education plans, group counseling, individual counseling, and crisis intervention.
We share your goals for your student: that every LeyVa student graduates with the skills and abilities to succeed in high school and beyond.
Meet our Support Staff
Jennifer Walczak, School Counselor
Mrs. Walczak's job is to ensure student success. She does this by providing services in the areas of academic support, social/emotional development, and college and career preparation. These services include: classroom lessons, small group counseling, referrals to outside agencies, connecting families to resources, consultation services, individual counseling, and planning special events and campaigns. If you want to know more about these services or want to request services, please don't hesitate to reach out. Mrs. Walczak's vision is that every student leave LeyVa happy, healthy and prepared and confident for high school and for life.
Mrs. Walczak has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Masters in Education for School Counseling, and Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
Lupita Barragán, School Counselor
Ms. Barragán's role as a school counselor is to advocate and support all students in three domains: academics, career and college readiness, and social-emotional support. This is done by delivering various counseling services on campus, including one-on-one counseling support, small group support, class presentations, interventions, community resources, and referrals. Ms. Barragán believes that it is essential to provide support in all areas to assist our students in becoming productive and resilient students in their community and successful in high school.
Ms. Barragán has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a double minor in Psychology and Anthropology, a Master of Arts in Education for School Counseling, and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
Cynthia Howard, Social Worker
As a school social worker, Ms. Howard works to eliminate barriers to learning for students and families. She has been providing support for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children and their parents for over 25 years. At Evergreen Ms. Howard spends some of her time working with students individually and in groups. She also works to support students at risk of truancy, housing insecurity, and other challenges that can impact access to education. Ms. Howard works at multiple schools in the district so the best way to reach her is by email.
Ms. Howard has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, PhD in Civil Engineering, Masters of Social Work, and Credentials in Adult Education/Parent Education and Pupil Personnel Services.
Mental health resources that can #BeTheDifference when you need it most.
9-8-8 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides free, confidential support 24/7 to people in suicide crisis or mental health distress across the United States. Call 9-8-8 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for support.
The SAMHSA National Helpline is a free, confidential information service that provides treatment and support referrals 24/7 to people facing mental illness and addictions. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for support.