Counseling Corner


Counselor Corner

The mission of John Muir's Counseling program is to ensure that all students will have access to a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate school counseling program that strives to enable all students to reach their academic, career, and personal potential, and will help ensure that all students are able to transition successfully to high school and beyond. The counselors work collaboratively with parents/guardians, school staff, and community partners to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment where all students regardless of race, gender and/or religious beliefs will feel a sense of belonging and connectedness. Our goal is to help empower students to develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding to become successful, productive,  and responsible citizens in our diverse communities and ever-changing world.

What We Do

Our counselor is here to support all of our students. Counselors are staff that students can talk to about life at school, questions/concerns about classes or student activities, and difficulties with peer relationships. Additionally, counselors can meet with students to discuss how to choose the most appropriate pathway, whether college or career.

Transition to High School

Counselors are available to assist students in their transition to high school and selecting the appropriate courses based on students' desired plans. The Counseling Center has important information available, such as how to be successful in high school,*district graduation requirements, student activities, available resources at the high school, and much more!

Counselors Are Here to Help!

We are fortunate to have 2 School Counselors: Ms. Leah Edzant and  Kathleen Coughlin. They have specialized training to help students learn to solve and avoid problems, make appropriate decisions for themselves and towards peers, and teach students to stand up for themselves in a positive, healthy way. While Counselors cannot make all problems disappear, they are here to work with students and help them cope with the daily challenges they may face. In addition, we have a USD Counseling Intern, Ms. Lauren Mckenna, who will also be able to support our students with social and emotional concerns. 

The Counselors are able to meet with students individually, in groups, or with parents/guardians. When necessary, they can also refer students to other professionals for further assistance.  Our goal as a school is to ensure that students become empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to become globally-minded, compassionate, lifelong learners. With the collaborative efforts of school, home, and the community, we hope that all students can advocate for themselves and become respectful, productive members of society.

San Unified School District Graduation Requirements


Hotline for Mental Health Emergency: (800) 479-3339


Name: Leah Edzant

Email Address: [email protected]

Phone number: 619-605-4000 ext.5104 

Name: Kathleen Coughlin

Email Address: [email protected]

USD Counseling Intern:

Name: Lauren Mckenna

Email Address: [email protected]