What is STAN?


What is STAN?

STAN, an acronym for Student Teacher Assistance Network, is a school-based program of identification, referral, and support for students who may be exhibiting problems that interfere with success in school.

The goal of STAN is to provide a professional, confidential, and helping response to students and their families.

STAN is located in room F-12.

Cindy Suarez

Program Overview

STAN is designed to help students develop life skills to meet the complex challenges that may arise at school,  at home, or in the community. STAN deals with general wellness and the prevention of or intervention in the concerns of today's teens. These issues may include:

  • healthy choices
  • communication skills
  • stress/anxiety
  • relationships
  • conflict resolution/mediation
  • loss and grief
  • prejudice reduction/bias awareness
  • eating disorders
  • anger management
  • abuse
  • pregnancy
  • violence
  • delinquent behavior
  • alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use
  • suicide


Each year, STAN counselors help students deal with a wide variety of issues. The most prevalent problems reported are defined as Personal, Mental Health, Conflict, and Loss/Grief.

Students may request STAN services for themselves or may be referred by a parent, teacher, coach, counselor, school nurse, administrator, fellow student, or anyone else concerned with the well-being of the student.

Contact STAN Counselors

Churchill High School.............442-0800

Lee High School....................442-0300

MacArthur High School........ ...650-1100

Madison High School........... ...637-4400

Reagan High School...............482-2200

Roosevelt High School............650-1200


The STAN Counselor is a Master level professional who follows accepted counseling practices. Confidentiality is essential in providing the individual with an environment in which it is safe to explore feelings and make decisions. Legal and ethical standards of confidentiality require the STAN counselor to report appropriately or refer cases of abuse, infractions of the Code of Conduct, criminal activity, students who are a danger to self or others.

How can STAN help?

Responsive Counseling

If you have a problem, the STAN counselor can listen, give support, and assist in finding a solution. If a friend has a problem, refer them to STAN for counseling. All STAN matters are handled confidentially.

Support Groups

You can discover new ways to handle issues by participating in a group that will provide support and friendship in a trusting atmosphere.

Peer Mediation

If you experience a conflict with another student, request peer mediation. This is a process in which two trained student mediators guide you and the other person involved in the conflict to a peaceful solution. Mediation is also confidential.

Classroom Presentations

The STAN counselor may come to one of your classes to talk about alcohol, tobacco, drug prevention or intervention, eating disorders, victimization prevention, or other topics.

Resource Information

If you would like information on depression or drug dependency, or ANY other matter of concern, STAN can provide informative brochures and counseling assistance. If the problem is beyond the scope of the STAN program, the STAN counselor can provide community resource lists for services such as drug rehabilitation, counseling, and prenatal care.