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About Ms. Cress

Hello Tiger Families!
My name is Ms. Cress, your Tijeras Creek Elementary school counselor. It is an honor to support you and your students through such important, foundational years of their life-long education. I strongly believe early intervention is prevention and that a holistic education, including students’ personal and social development, provides the best opportunity for scholars to thrive.
I received my Masters of Science in School Counseling through Cal State Long Beach (Go Beach!) and have since become a licensed professional clinical counselor. I have been a counselor for over a decade and truly enjoy working with my students and their families more and more.
My favorite title of all is “mom, and just like you, I love journeying with my kids through each stage, with all the ups and downs and new moments to discover! During my free time, you may find me traveling back to the East Coast to visit family. I have roots in Georgia and Pennsylvania giving me an eclectic sports fandom of Atlanta Braves baseball and Pittsburgh Steelers football. I am also a connoisseur of good sweet tea!
Please never hesitate to reach out! I look forward to being on your team.
Katie Cress
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Counselor's Corner

Capistrano Unified School Counseling Program

Capistrano Unified School Counseling Program


The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests, and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and college/career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.


The School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.


Ensure all students develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being.

Services Provided

  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • Group counseling
  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Community referrals
  • Conflict mediations
  • School-wide assemblies/activities
Contact Ms. Cress

Contact Ms. Cress

Phone Number:
(949) 234-5300 xt. 83013

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