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Counselor's Corner


Welcome to the Stephen Foster School Counseling page!

A school counselor works with ALL students to encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect. School Counselors meet with students to do brief, solution-focused counseling. School Counselors do not do long-term mental health counseling/therapy. If your child needs extra support, we can assist you in the referral process for outside counseling services.   School Counselors support students with:

  • Managing anxiety or stress
  • Behavior support
  • Classroom skills (organization, testing anxiety, focusing, etc.)
  • Using self-control
  • Conflict mediations
  • Managing emotions
  • Coping skills
  • Motivation, self-esteem, and confidence
  • Family support
  • Friendship-making skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Social skills
  • Character education
  • Bullying prevention
  • College and career exploration

Along with individual counseling, the school counselor also does classroom presentations, crisis intervention, runs social skills groups and provides resources to parents and teachers. The school counselor is a student advocate to help your child with their social and emotional well-being. School Counselors split their caseload between grade-levels, however both provide school-wide support and guidance lessons, assemblies, and other fun opportunities throughout the year for your child to participate in!  Please do not hesitate to reach out to either of us for your students' needs!


Mrs. Jennifer Gannon

School Counselor, Grades TK-2nd

Room 51

Hello Foster families!

I am so grateful for the continued opportunity to help your student see success! I have been a part of the Stephen Foster family since 2014-15. My goal is to help each student feel successful both inside and outside the classroom. I work with students' individual needs and help teach students positive ways to solve problems, manage emotions, and provide support for students who need a safe place to talk. I look forward to working together to assist your child with the support they need. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Phone: 562-804-6518 ext 6451

Email contact:


Mr. Josue Ayala

School Counselor, Grades 3rd-6th

Room 53

Greetings Stephen Foster Families & Community,

I am happy to join the Stephen Foster Family and Counseling Team! This is my 4th year as a School Counselor and 2nd year as an Elementary Counselor. I started off my counseling career as a High School Counselor in Riverside County and the 2021-22 school year as an Elementary Counselor in Orange County. I am excited to return to Stephen Foster, as I previously worked with Mrs. Gannon as a Guidance Intern in 2018-19. 

I am here to listen to our students and help provide support, helping teach students how to manage their emotions, and overall help students feel safe at school. I look forward to working with our families this year, as well as providing resources and information. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Phone: 562-804-6518 ext 6453

Email contact:

Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum

Stephen Foster, along with BUSD, have adopted the Second Step program for whole-school social-emotional learning! Second Step is an evidence-based guidance curriculum that effectively addresses students' social-emotional needs through weekly guidance lessons. Second Step lessons are conducted within the students' classrooms, by their teachers with assistance from the School Counselors. You can find out more information regarding Second Step at the link below:

Second Step information for Families

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): What It Is and Why It Matters



Bolts, get excited! Our 7th annual College & Career Week at Stephen Foster, April 24th-28th, 2023! This is an exciting week for our students, with lots of activities where students can participate and learn about college and career terms and information, as well as guest speakers who come and share their career or organization!

We are currently looking for guest speakers to come. Please see the flyer link below and scan the QR code or use the link to the Google form to submit your interest in signing up! One received, the School Counselors will contact you. 

College & Career Week Parent/Guest Speaker Flyer

Stephen Foster College & Career Week Guest Speaker Interest Form!