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Attended University of Southern California Bachelor's degree in Psychology Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

Ms. LaNaja Sankey

Ms. Sankey is an alumnus of the University of Southern California where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been a proud RMS Tiger since 2010. In addition to her School Counseling duties at RMS, she is the PBIS coach on campus. She assists in supporting our staff and students with the district’s vision for Positive Behavior and Multi-Tiered Support Systems.  When asked why she loves being an RMS Counselor she stated, “I love being a school counselor because I am inspired daily by my coworkers' dedication and our student’s limitless potential. Every day at RMS is an adventure!”

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Attended University of California, San Diego, and University of Redlands Bachelor's degree Master's degree

Mrs. Deborah Smalls

Through her role as a counselor, Mrs. Smalls looks forward to supporting her Tigers through their middle school journey as their academic, social, and emotional growth continue to be enriched. Mrs. Smalls’ educational journey began in Rialto Unified where she attended Kelley Elementary, Frisbie Middle, and Rialto High before receiving her bachelor’s degree at University of California, San Diego, and master’s at the University of Redlands. She often sees herself in the students she serves and is driven to continue passing on the same powerful inspiration her Rialto Unified mentors reinforced within her.

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Attended Azusa Pacific University Bachelor's degree Master's degree in Educational Counseling

Mr. Craig Wong

My name is Craig Wong and I am the 6th Grade Counselor at Rialto Middle School. I’m excited to be here and I look forward to working with you all. A little about me: I enjoy spending time with my family, watching and playing sports, and traveling (especially Hawaii!). I especially love baseball (my team is the Oakland A’s) but my favorite activity is watching my boys play travel baseball. Prior to starting at RMS, I served as a school counselor at the Elementary, Middle, and High School levels. I’ve also worked at the college level in Student Services while assisting graduates secure a new job. I’ve earned both my degree’s from Azusa Pacific University with my Masters Degree in Educational Counseling.

I’m honored to be a school counselor at RMS and I enjoy my interactions with students, staff, parents, and the greater community. My responsibilities include conducting individual counseling, providing student support, teaching classroom guidance lessons, and dealing with various situations that arise throughout the school day. I advise the kids that I am a listener and helper to all of the students in the school, as well as to their teachers and parents. If I can ever assist you in any way, do not hesitate to contact me. Please visit the Counseling Corner on the school website (under the “Our School” tab) and click on the link that best fits you or your child’s question/concern. Thank you for your time and I look forward to building the best culture possible here at Rialto Middle School. Go Tigers!