MBUSD District Counselor
Eliza Santarosa is thrilled to be part of the Student Union at Mira Costa! She earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Development from Boston Colllege. After college, she explored different aspects of education from substitute teaching, to special education, and even a little coaching. After a few years, she learned that her passion was in mental health as it relates to education. She went back to school to earn a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a School Counseling Credential, from the University of Southern California. Since graduation, she has held a variety of positions in School Counseling: Academic School Counselor, Support Counselor, College and Career Counselor, and now the District Counselor. As the District Counselor, her priorities lie in student wellness and mental health services. The Student Union is the perfect place to support these goals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 3 young children and shuttling them around town, skiing, cooking, and reading.
MBUSD School Counselor Intern
Steve Walker is a counseling-intern at Mira Costa High School and Manhattan Beach Middle School. His focus is on mental-health and wellness support for students he serves. He earned his Bachelor’s in Sociology from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He is scheduled to complete the LPCC & PPS program at Loyola Marymount University in May 2023. (Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Pupil Personnel Services). Steve is a Marine Corps Veteran, father of a college freshman, and he has been married to his wife Kacey for 20 years. When he is not supporting students with mental health, he enjoys training for triathlons, training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taking care of his 3 dogs. His tip for mental health and wellness is to not forget about the power of small daily pleasures like coffee, tea, & music (or anything else that puts a smile on your face!). During the second semester of the school year he will continue to provide: individual general student support, group-attendance counseling at MBMS (Breakfast Club), SAS Monthly Check-in & lesson, MCHS Student-Athlete mental health training & support, and individual attendance-counseling at MCHS & MBMS.
MBUSD Board Member
Cathey Graves is currently President of the MBUSD School Board. Following a 17 year career as an attorney, she retired to devote attention to her 4 children and volunteer at MBUSD schools. Her work with the District has spanned 20 years and has focused on creating and supporting outlets to enhance the wellness of all children in the District, including significant investments of time in MBUSD school garden programs, Young at Art, Science Labs, performing arts and athletics. She has additionally been active providing opportunities for children to thrive and find their passions through coaching in local sports leagues, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Amigos and National Charity League. As a founding member of the Social Emotional District Committee and the Chair of Health and Wellness at Mira Costa from 2019-2021, she saw first hand the stressors that impacted our students, including homework, extracurriculars, college pressures and lack of sleep. As part of an overall plan to support students she worked with administration, counselors, PTSA, and students to create the Union, a safe space for students at Costa. She is excited that students have embraced the Union and proud of the work of our counselors, teachers, and administrators to support all students in this space.