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Counseling Department

If you would like to speak with your student's counselor, please call 415-469-4535 and ask for the staff member listed below.

Counseling Department Staff

Head Counselor Rebecca Hensler

6th Grade Counselor


7th Grade Counselor

Alex Carrion (habla Español)


Naroth Than

8th Grade Counselor Sheila Ryan
School Social Worker Geraldine Punzalan
Registrar/Attendance Royisha Hearne

Head Counselor  Angelica Posadas (Nagsasalita ng Tagalog)



Student Support Programs

Restorative Practices:

Denman Pride on the Southside/RtI:

Student Success Team Conferences: An SST is a meeting that includes a student, his or her parent or guardian, teachers, support staff and anyone else involved in supporting the student's success. If you would like to arrange an SST to support your student in meeting academic or other goals, please contact your student's grade-level counselor, listed above, by phone at 415-469-4535 or email.

Mentoring for Success: Mentoring for Success is a district-wide mentoring program providing additional support for students. Call school social worker Geraldine Punzalan for more information. (Denman's Mentoring for Success program currently has a waiting list.)

National Counseling Standards



 Denman Program



·   Individual academic planning for middle school, high school college

·   Collaborate with AACE tutoring program to provide lunchtime and after school tutoring

·   Classroom guidance lessons on high school and college graduation requirements,



·   Individual and group counseling

·   Crisis intervention and referrals to additional resources

·   Collaborate with on-site therapists to provide mental health counseling

·   Conflict mediation 


 ·   Classroom guidance on high school career pathways

·   Assist with high school/college exploration process


 From ASCA website:

“Today’s young people are living in an exciting time, with an increasingly diverse society, new technologies, and expanding opportunities. To help ensure that they are prepared to become the next generation of parents, workers, leaders, and citizens”, every student needs support, guidance, and opportunities during adolescence, a time of rapid growth and change. Early adolescents face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement.

Middle School Students’ Developmental Needs
Middle school is an exciting, yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interests, connecting their learning in the classroom to its practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own unique identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments from others; and heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.

Meeting the Challenge
Middle school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Middle school counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students achieve success in school. Professional school counselors align with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century.

Student and Family Resources

At Denman

JCYC ETS: Justin Butac x3321


Beacon Afterschool and Wellness: 415-406-1290

Community Coordinator: Century Faataui x3016

Parent Liaison: Rocio Soto de Mobley x3343; Dante Calloway x3127

School Nurse: Kelsey Hulse x3101


Bullying (to report): Safe School Line 214-2141 /

Educational Placement: 555 Franklin Street, room 100 / 241-6085

SFUSD Student and Family Handbook:

Student Nutrition Services: 749-3604

Support Services for LGBTQ Youth: 
phone 415-242-2615 / email

In the Community

California Youth Crisis Line: 1-800-843-5200

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth:

Huckleberry House: housing for teens, parenting classes 
415-621-2929 /

San Francisco Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255