Gloria Gutierrez MA PPS
310-533-4559 x2284

To all students, parents, and guardians;

My name is Gloria Gutierrez and I am the school counselor at Anza Elementary. My role at Anza is to support teachers, students, and parents, along with staff and the community, in building a safe, supportive environment where all can learn.  

Anza's teachers are your first resource, and usually when I see students it is as a results of a teacher's referral for the student to see me. Students see me if they need help with friendship or social problems, are struggling with a life event, like a new sibling, moving, divorce, or death of a loved one, trying to manage strong emotions like jealousy, anger, and sadness, are having difficulty with organization or study habits, are struggling with attendance or motivation, or even if they have questions about college or careers. Students can refer themselves, or a teacher or parent can refer their student - a link for referral is available on this site. 

I also provide social and emotional lessons (called SEL) under the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework to all students so that all students can benefit from skill building in the areas of habits for learning and goal setting, empathy, self-awareness and emotional management, compassion, and problem solving. CASEL is a great place to learn more about the SEL framework. 

I am available to support you and your students via email and, by request, a phone call during my office hours.

To request a call during office hours, please email me at and provide the phone number you'd prefer for me to call. You can also fill out a counseling request at the links below. 

Cartoonish representation of Counselor's Office

Some of my work is behind the scenes, like working with parents and teachers to increase student success in the classroom and playground, planning and implementing events and programs designed to make school a safe and welcoming place for learning, or sharing important knowledge to become a global citizen, like safety, bullying awareness, and mental health awareness (among others). When appropriate, I provide resources to teachers and parents (e.g. parenting classes, support groups, tutoring, childcare, mental health resources).

I also have additional duties that include a role on the Special Education and Student Success teams and serving as 504 Coordinator for Anza, and I also lead Anza's Green Team which promotes green habits on campus and at home. 

In our current circumstances, it is of utmost importance to keep yourself and your family safe and healthy. Take a moment's pause on occasion to acknowledge yourself for your hard work and for the steps you've taken to lead your family in wellness. 

To refer your child to see meplease fill out the referral form. Please note that it is not within my scope to provide counseling on issues that do not impact school, or are better suited to be addressed by another mental health professional, like a therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist - but, I can work with your outside professional, with your permission, to provide school-based support for treatment goals.

Here are some key events at school we will be focusing on: 

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Keep up the good work!