Derek Cruz

Director of Educational Support Services

Ann Ortiz

District Service Specialist

Educational Support Services

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Social Emotional Support Services

Washington Unified believes social emotional support is crucial for academic and personal success. Social emotional support services provide students with skills needed in the classroom, in the community, and at home. Our hope is for all students to acquire the skills to recognize and manage emotions, develop caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively.

Families may need assistance when a loved one is struggling with social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others.

If you think your child may need support with a
social, emotional, and/or behavioral problem,
it is important to remember that there is hope and help.

Grief Support for Youth

When coping and dealing with a sudden loss, children experience grief in different ways at differentstages in their development.
If you don’t know what to expect, their emotions and behaviors may beconcerning. While this guide can help you navigate some typical reactions, if you have any concerns,please reach out to a mental health or medical professional.

Grief Support Guide

The California Parent and Youth Helpline

The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages.  For more information, please visit:

Social-Emotional Services Guide

Social-Emotional Health Resources Related to COVID-19



Angie Bolanos-Cascio
School Psychologist
(559) 495-5650

Mary Xiong
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5657

West Fresno

Karina Sanchez
School Psychologist
(559) 495-5679

Fabiola Altamirano
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5619

Angelica Miramontes
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5145

West Fresno

Hanah Steele
School Psychologist
(559) 495-5613

Terrence Brown
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5641

Priscilla Villalobos
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5644

Stephanie Huff
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5629

Washington Union

Holly Northcross
School Psychologist
(559) 495-6130

Erika Ohanis
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5647

Larry Chang
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5678

Mike Toste
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5648

Neda Musleh
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5643

Alternative Education

Holly Northcross
School Psychologist
(559) 495-5680

Angel Larios
Guidance Learning Specialist
(559) 495-5680

Grant Thor
(559) 495-5680

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