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Contact Information

Contact Information

Ridgeview Counselors:
Matt Ray - Academic and Social/Emotional
(530) 872-6422 ext 7002
Rober Lester - Social/Emotional Crisis Site Counselor
(530) 872-6422 ext 7005
Social/Emotional and Substance Abuse Local Counseling Information:
(530) 872-6400 Ext. 1231

Carly Ingersoll

School District Nurse:
Carol Bengson
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Paradise Unified School District Counseling Program

Mission Statement
The mission of the Paradise Unified School counseling program is to provide comprehensive counseling services that address the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students.  School counselors will facilitate a support system so that all students can access the knowledge and resources that will prepare them to become skilled, responsible and productive citizens.  Our vision is that students can effectively manage future challenges, develop and reach their post-secondary goals, and progress confidently into an ever-changing society.
 Philosophy and Belief Statement
The school counselors serving Paradise Unified School District believe every student:
  • They can learn and should be given the opportunity to do so.
  • Has dignity and worth and has a right to a safe, mutually respectful, healthy, and orderly learning environment.
  • Has the right to participate in a comprehensive school counseling program.
The PUSD School Counselors also believe:
  • Learning involves the education of the whole person and is a continuous, lifelong process.
  • Learning requires the active participation, mutual respect, and individual accountability of students, teachers, staff, parents and community members.
  • Diversity is to be respected and appreciated as we foster unity among our students, faculty, staff, and community.
The Paradise Unified School District Counseling Program shall:
  • Be student-centered, engage all students in the classroom, group, and/or individual activities to enhance student learning
  • Be based on specified goals and developmental competencies for all students.
  • Focus on primary prevention, intervention, and student-developmental needs relating to all areas of school counseling, including academics, careers, and social/emotional well-being.
  • Be planned and coordinated by certificated school counselors in consultation with other representatives of the school and community.
  • Use data to drive the program development and evaluation and actively monitor student results based on student strengths and needs.
The Paradise Unified School District counselors shall:
  • Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association.
  • Shall participate in professional development essential to maintain a quality school counseling program.