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Mrs. Erika Esquivel, VHS Wellness Specialist


I look forward to the opportunity to provide all the support I can here at Valencia High. As this school's Wellness Specialist, my goal is to devote my time and effort into advocating for the mental health of our students. Through various interventions and evidence-based curriculum, I aim to aid in our students mental health and well-being and provide them with the appropriate skills and resources to overcome adversities.  


A little bit about myself:

- Completed my bachelors degree at Cal State LA in Communication Disorders

- Completed my Masters degree at USC (Fight On!) in Social Work with a focus in school social work


I am located in the Counseling office. If you would like to access Wellness counseling, please contact your counselor for more information. Teachers, students, and guardians are welcomed to request Wellness counseling. I am so excited to be your Wellness Specialist, GO TIGERS! 


Who would benefit from meeting with a Wellness Specialist?

Anyone! There is no level of misery one needs to be in order to talk to someone. I deal with many mental health-related concerns and students who may be struggling with or at-risk of the following would benefit from talking to me: stress or anxiety, grief and loss, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, depression or feelings of sadness, issues with socialization, issues with family and/or peers, divorced parents, LGBTQ+ related concerns, or any other mental health concerns.


Erika Esquivel, ASW, PPS 

ext. 10045


Confidential 24-hour telephone counseling to individuals contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide

877-7CRISIS (877-727-4747)

Suicide prevention app for iPhone & Android

Provides resources and assistance to Mental Health professionals serving people at risk of suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800) 273-8255

Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis:

24/7, 7 days a week

(714) 957-2737

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11
Compliance Officer for Complaints. Employee complaint: Rick Lopez, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources (714) 985-8408. Title IX Sexual Harassment and any other discrimination complaints: Cary Johnson, Director, Educational Services (714) 985-8656. Americans with Disabilities Act complaints: Richard McAlindin, Executive Director, Instructional Support (714) 985-8727. Bullying, intimidation complaints: Rick Riegel, Administrator, Student Services (714) 985-8671
Procedure for Complaints. Uniform Complaint Policy Form 1312.3 (English), 1312.3 (Spanish). Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures Form 1312.4 (English) and 1312.4 (Spanish)
El Distrito Escolar Unificado Placentia-Yorba Linda, prohíbe la discriminación, acoso, intimidación, hostigamiento en todas las actividades, programas y empleo del distrito en base a género real o percibido, identificación de género, expresión de género, raza, etnia, color, religión ascendencia, nacionalidad, origen nacional, identificación de grupo étnico, estado de inmigración, sexo, orientación sexual, estatus marital o parental, embarazo, edad discapacidad física o mental o en base a la asociación de la persona con una persona o grupo, con una o más de estas características reales o percibidas. Referencia: BP 0410; 1312.3; 4111.1; 5145.3; 5145.7; 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11.
Quejas de empleados: Rick Lopez, Asistente de Superintendente, Recursos Humanos (714) 985-8408. Titulo IX Acoso Sexual y cualquier otra queja de discriminación: Cary Johnson, Director, Servicios Educativos (714) 985-8656. Americanos con Discapacidades Acta de quejas: Richard McAlindin, Director Ejecutivo, Apoyo Educativo (714) 985-8727. Quejas de acoso, intimidación: Rick Riegel, Administrador, Servicios Estudiantiles (714) 985-8671

Employee/Student Non-Fraternization Policy: BP 4101