Tonya El-Hendi, LCSW PPS
I have 20 years of experience in education; including time as a Teacher, Foster Youth Liaison, Guidance Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and this past year as a Community Schools Specialist with the county office of education.
My passion is school-based mental health to support every student’s overall wellness to further THEIR individual goals both academically and as people.
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~ Edith Wharton
As parents and educators we are unable to fully understand the impact the school closures as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic has had on our children. If you have concerns or are not sure if you should be concerned about your child feel free to contact me via email or phone to have a confidential conversation of ways to support your child. We may be in different boats but we are in the same storm.
Berenice Fernandez, BASW Intern Cal State L.A.
I am excited to be interning at the high school by being a part of the Titan Wellness Center and getting to know everyone. I’m currently a student at Cal State Los Angeles, receiving my bachelor’s in Social Work. I decided to focus on this field because I want to guide individuals toward healthier social, emotional, and mental functioning. I look forward to gain experience to further my education and future career in social work.
This internship is an excellent opportunity for me to step into the field by working with an outstanding school and staff, engaging with students, and demonstrate the importance of mental health in a school setting. I believe there is tremendous significance in encouraging youth to stay emotionally and physically healthy. I will do my best to support and create a positive impact throughout my internship.
I am grateful for this opportunity and looking forward to a successful school year. I am looking forward in meeting everyone. Stay safe and have a wonderful day!
Emily Marmolejo, BASW Intern Cal State Los Angeles
It is a pleasure to be working as a social work intern for San Marino High school. I am very excited to be
a part of assisting students to achieve another successful school year. I want to introduce myself and break the ice by sharing a few things about me. I am pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Cal
State University, Los Angeles, and will be graduating next year in May 2021. I chose to pursue a degree in social work because I know that life can sometimes be difficult, and we can all use a helping hand
every once in a while. My career focus is to become a high school Counselor to guide students positively, help them set goals for themselves, and serve as a supportive figure to them. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to intern at such an excellent school where faculty and teachers recognize the importance of working together to help students as early on as possible in their academic journey to grow to be happy and healthy members of society.