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Suceli Diaz

Hello Demos,

I am the PSA Counselor at Thomas Jefferson High School. GO DEMOS! This is my third year at TJHS and fifth year overall as a PSAC. You might be wondering what a PSA Counselor does exactly. Well let me explain, PSA stands for Pupil Services and Attendance. As a PSAC my role is to help you improve/ maintain your attendance, engagement,  and overall achievement at school. If you are experiencing any current difficulties during distance learning please reach out so I can assist you. I am here to help! Hablo español.

A little about myself, I attended LAUSD from Kindergarten to 12th grade. I attended Third Street Elementary from Kindergarten to 1st grade, Rosewood Elementary from 2nd to 5th grade, Horace Mann Middle School, and Crenshaw High School. I graduated from UC Berkeley where I majored in Media Studies (the in-depth analysis of all media outlets, history, psychology, politics, and theories behind them, current formats , and what lies ahead especially with social media). I worked as a College Counselor through UCB’s Destination College Advising  Corps in Vallejo, CA shortly after graduating. I earned my Master’s degree in School Counseling from CSUDH where I also worked for their amazing Upward Bound program (which we currently have at Jefferson) and I have been a PSAC for LAUSD since then.

Fun facts about myself:

  • I own a Boykin Spaniel named after Oski the Bear, the mascot from UC Berkeley. Oski the Boykin kind of looks like a bear and eats like one too. He loves to chase bubbles and eat carrots. #oskitheboykin
  • I like to crochet amigurumi (crocheted stuffed animals) when I have time.
  • I like to get crafty with my Cricut machine.
  • I enjoy dancing to all kinds of music. 
  • I love traveling to new places. 

Advice for our Incoming Demo 9th Graders:

  • Get involved in extracurricular activities, sports, and all other great programs that our school has to offer you. We find that students who are involved with something on campus are more likely to do well in school overall because they have a connection to the school and they also have something to look forward to. 
  • Get organized with a school planner or online calendar to help you prioritize your work.
  • Stay away from high school and social media drama because it is a waste of your valuable time. 
  • Know your A-Gs and other high school graduation requirements 
  • Keep up with how many credits you have at the end of each semester
  • Aim for Perfect/Excellent Attendance (0-6 absences) because research shows that students who have better attendance also have better grades and are more likely to get a higher education and eventually have higher paying careers. That means more vacations to Cancun :)
  • Advocate for yourself! For example: Talk to your Academic Counselor if you were accidentally scheduled into Algebra 1 again after passing it with a C or better. Talk to your PSA Counselor (Attendance) about something that may be preventing you from attending school regularly and/or getting there on time.
  • ASK FOR HELP!!! Asking for help is a valuable strength!
  • Last but not least, have fun and make your high school experience memorable!

Advice for ALL our fellow Demos:

  • We cannot control everything, but we can choose how we react.
  • Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.
  • The world is filled with nice people, if you can’t find one, be one.
  • You have no idea what people are going through in life. Be kind, always.
  • Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.
  • Your largest fear carries your GREATEST growth!
  • One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm.
  • Reframe and rephrase negative thoughts and situations as much as possible and you will reap the benefits in no time!
  • Travel and learn as much as you can.
Ms. Diaz, PSA COunselor
Ms. Diaz
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