West Valley High School counselor recognized by Hemet Unified School District

Hemet Unified School District honors counselor Erica Espinoza of West Valley High School with the February Governing Board Recognition of Excellence Award for her work preparing the annual district college and career fair among other contributions. Courtesy photo
Hemet Unified School District honors counselor Erica Espinoza of West Valley High School with the February Governing Board Recognition of Excellence Award for her work preparing the annual district college and career fair among other contributions. Courtesy photo

HEMET – The governing board of the Hemet Unified School District, on nomination by Trustee Patrick Searl, has selected Erica Espinoza, counselor at West Valley High School, as the February recipient of the Governing Board Recognition and Award.

Espinoza received her bachelor’s degree in human development from Azusa Pacific University in 2002 and her master’s degree in educational counseling in 2006. Espinoza began her career in HUSD as a counselor at Acacia Middle School. She has worked at Rancho Viejo Middle School and is currently a counselor at West Valley High School.

Of the many contributions in the district, Espinoza initiated and organized the introduction of a districtwide college and career event, hosted at West Valley High School, for the last two years. Leveraging her professional relationships for the betterment of the community, Espinoza solicited and gained the endorsement of California Colleges as a participant in the college and career night. In October, West Valley High School hosted more than 60 colleges and universities, including University of California Los Angeles, University of California Santa Cruz, University of California Berkeley and a majority of California State University campuses, as well as, numerous private universities. The full complement of community and regional employers attended also. In each year of the event, it is estimated that no less than 3,000 people have attended with invitations extended to all elementary, middle and high schools in our district. The California Colleges circuit will return to HUSD Oct. 24, for the annual college and career fair.

For outstanding performance, professionalism and loyalty to the HUSD, Trustee Patrick Searl presented Espinoza with the Governing Board Recognition of Excellence Award and a $500 certificate to be used toward the district program of her choice.

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