• About Your School Counselor:

    I’m so excited to be in the Bantam community and help students learn, grow, and enjoy school. Before working at PJHS, I was a high school counselor in Sonoma Valley. My favorite part about working with teens is understanding how they see the world and helping them find a way that they can make the world a better place.
    I studied Psychology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and then earned my master’s degree in Counseling at the beautiful Sonoma State University where I also received my credential for school counseling. When I’m not at work I enjoy cooking, hiking, traveling, and riding my bike around town. 

    Ms. Brown 

Ms. Brown
  • Academics:

    Tips for Academic Success at Petaluma Junior High School:

    • Build a consistent after-school routine with time built in to eat a snack, get homework done, organize school supplies, and get plenty of rest.
    • Students and parents should sit down together regularly to check Google Classroom and their binder for upcoming assignments.
    • Check Aeries for missing assignments.
    • Reach out to the teacher when there are questions or concerns in a class. Sending a message through ParentSquare is a great way to start.
    • Make sure the backpack and binder are organized. It helps to have a designated folder to keep completed homework that needs to be turned in.
    • If you need help, reach out to Ms. Brown. 
  • Social-emotional challenges:

    Junior High is full of changes and stressors. It is important to take care of yourself. 

    Here are some resources to help you:

    If your student is in need of therapy you can refer them to our school-based mental health therapy here. Wait times to see a therapist vary, but we do our best to see students as soon as possible. 

    You can also get mental health support by reaching out to your pediatrician, or exploring the services offered through Petaluma People Services

  • Wellness & Crisis Lines

    • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call 988
    • North Bay Suicide Prevention Hotline:  Call (707) 587-6373
    • Verity Sexual Assault Hotline:  Call (707) 545-7232
    • YWCA Domestic Violence Services: Call (707) 546-1234
    • Crisis Text Line: Text 741741
    • The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386
    • For medical or mental health emergencies, please call 911