Welcome to the Counseling Page!
Phone: (714) 431-1834
Degrees and Certifications:
Hi, my name is Yesenia Castelan. I graduated from California State University, Long Beach where I earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling (option in School Counseling) and a Pupil Personnel Service Credential. Prior to that, I studied Human Services with an emphasis in Mental Health at California State University, Fullerton. While in school, I worked various job such as a Residential Coordinator and Graduate Peer Mentor at CSULB as well as an AVID Tutor and Substitute Teacher here in SAUSD. As a Santa Ana resident, I am forever thankful to be able to work in the same community that helped raise me. When I am not at work, I enjoy playing video games, Disney, traveling National Parks, and even rock climbing. My goal as a school counselor is to provide educational assistance to students in all areas of academic, career, and social-emotional support. I look forward to meeting and working with you all! Go Eagles!
SAUSD Mission Statement
Santa Ana Unified School District school counselors heed the call of The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) in implementing effective school counseling programs that are driven by student data and based on standards and academic, career and personal/social development which promote and enhanced learning process for all students.
SAUSD Vision Statement
The Santa Ana Unified School District Counseling Department is committed to supporting student achievement, cultivating positive, caring student relations, assessing and advocating student needs, creating a college-going environment, and actively engaging in professional development.
REACH Academy Mission Statement
REACH Academy’s Mission is to meet the unique educational, social, physical, and emotional needs of our diverse student population in a safe and nurturing environment to encourage students to develop an enthusiasm for lifelong learning and a desire to pursue college and career opportunities.
REACH Academy Vision Statement
REACH Academy's Vision is a student centered second chance at success. We do this by having caring staff that build connections and relationships with students, while providing alternative methods of teaching, assessment and learning. The school offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum, strategies of prevention and intervention for at-risk behavior, and extended learning opportunities, all in a safe and healthy environment. With this approach, in collaboration with our community partners, we are able to meet the unique educational, social, physical and emotional needs of the diverse students we serve.
School Counseling Mission Statement
The mission of the REACH Academy School Counseling Program is to support all students in overcoming barriers and reaching their post-secondary goals. The school counselor collaborates with various stakeholders throughout the community to provide and advocate towards academic, socioemotional, college and career readiness. Aligned with National and California State standards, the school counseling program follows a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered, Multi-Domain System of Supports (MTMDSS) approach to best provide equity and access for all student needs. As a result, the school counseling program aids in the student's development of enthusiasm for lifelong learning and desire to pursue college and career opportunities.
School Counseling Vision Statement
All students who graduate from REACH Academy will have developed a tool kit that will aid in their journeys towards achieving their full potential and post-secondary goals. These individuals will have overcome their personal barriers and become contributing members of society.