La Cañada High School

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Department Information

Our Mission


The mission of the La Cañada High School Counseling Department, working in partnership with all stakeholders, is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that attends to the needs of all students. The Counseling Department supports students through responsive and developmental services that include personal and social counseling, academic guidance and support, career exploration, college/post-secondary planning, and student and family advocacy.


In our counseling department structure, students will work with counselors based upon the following alphabetical breakdown by student last name.


Counseling Office Staff


Laura Hicklin, Associate Principal's Secretary

Ashley Park, 9-12 Counselor, A-Bak, Clu-Hal -

Melissa Kukta, 9-12 Counselor, Bang-Bred, Ham-Koz -

Susan Maljian, 9-12 Counselor, Bren-Carr, Kp-Nom-

Amy Hernandez, 9-12 Counselor, Carra-Carru, Non-Shr -

Kandy Basmajian, 9-12 Counselor, Cas-Clo, Shu-Z -

Rachel Zooi, 9-12 Wellness Counselor -

Amy Erickson, Office Assistant -

Reda Hanna, Student Information Systems Specialist/Registrar -

STUDENTS: Counselors are available for drop-in visits during break or lunch. Students may not drop-in during class time unless they need immediate attention. Drop-Ins are best for any question or concern that can be addressed quickly. 
PARENTS: In order to ensure counselors can provide the level of services our students expect and deserve, we ask that parents/guardians please contact your student's counselor directly as opposed to making "drop-in" visit.
APPOINTMENTS: If students would like to meet with their Academic Counselor during class time, they should either contact their counselor directly (via email or drop-in) or use the sign-up sheet at Mrs. Erickson's desk. Your counselor will send a pass from you as soon as they become available. 
EMAIL:  This method saves you from missing valuable instruction in class, waiting in line, and will generally provide the quickest response to your questions.
Updated 12-18-19