This school year, students with last names starting with “Fi” to “K” have been pleasantly surprised by the welcoming presence of Mr. Escobar, a recent graduate student and first time high school counselor.
Mr. Escobar grew up in the San Fernando Valley and moved to Palmdale, where he attended Palmdale High School. He aspired to become the first in his family to receive a college education and worked hard to achieve it by challenging himself academically, taking as many AP and honors courses available. With a dream to become a chemical engineer, he focused mainly on math and sciences. His college application process, however, was a difficult time for him.
“I didn’t know my counselor very well, and ended up doing most of the application process myself, researching without a lot of guidance,” Escobar explained.
This difficult experience would eventually spark his interest in becoming a school counselor.
As an undergraduate in UCSD, Escobar had his first experience in education administration working as an academic transition counselor. His experience helping recent high school graduates adjust to college life influenced him to major in psychology and to minor in education administration. He then became an undergraduate academic counselor in UCSD for five years, where he helped college students plan their career paths and courses. With a different job in mind, Escobar enrolled as a graduate student at SDSU for a degree in counseling. He would later pursue a career working with high school kids.
“I felt that my true calling was in high school counseling. Although I did help many students in college, I wanted to help kids actually get into college and pursue their goals there.”
Having lived near the La Cañada area during his high school years, Escobar is familiar with LCHS’s well-respected academic reputation. With a counseling position opening before this school year, he quickly applied. He said that he both wanted to know the community well and to live close to his hometown in the San Fernando Valley.
This year, Escobar hopes to familiarize himself with the education administration system and the community. Above all, he also wants to know students personally and academically. He wants to be a support, resource and friend through the tough and complicated college application process. He enjoys working with students and has a passion in helping students succeed.
Mr. Escobar hopes to stay in La Cañada for as long as he can in order to serve the students he enjoys being with. The students of LCHS will be happy to introduce him to the school community.