School Support Services
LeyVa Middle School strives to promote academic achievement while also supporting the social and emotional needs and college/career-readiness goals of all students. We have a school counselor, school social worker, and school psychologist along with rotating social work interns and marriage and family therapy trainees to support students through different types of challenges and opportunities.
LeyVa offers numerous support services to students including clubs, school-wide events, classroom lessons, connection to family resources, assessment for learning differences, accommodation plans, individual education plans, group counseling, individual counseling, and crisis intervention.
We share your goals for your student: that every LeyVa student graduates with the skills and abilities to succeed in high school and beyond.
Meet our Support Staff
Jennifer Walczak, School Counselor
Mrs. Walczak's job is to ensure student success. She does this by providing services in the areas of academic support, social/emotional development, and college and career preparation. These services include: classroom lessons, small group counseling, referrals to outside agencies, connecting families to resources, consultation services, individual counseling, and planning special events and campaigns. If you want to know more about these services or want to request services, please don't hesitate to reach out. Mrs. Walczak's vision is that every student leave LeyVa happy, healthy and prepared and confident for high school and for life.
Mrs. Walczak has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Masters in Education for School Counseling, and Pupil Personnel Services Credential.
Dawn Bonin, Psychologist
Cynthia Howard, Social Worker
Mrs. Howard has been a district social worker at Evergreen School District since 2018. She started out as an engineer and earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD from Stanford. After some time as a community volunteer, she began working with parents and their children and when her own children were almost grown, she went back to school at CSU East Bay for her second master’s degree, this time in social work. She has been providing support for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children and their parents for over 25 years. At Evergreen Mrs. Howard spends some of her time working with students individually and in groups. Social workers are also interested in systems and so she spends some of her time looking at ways to support students at risk of truancy, housing insecurity, and other challenges that can impact access to education. Mrs. Howard works at eight schools in the district so the best way to reach her is by email.