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Meet Your Counselor, Ms. Jenny Thai

Hi, my name is Jenny Thai, and I am the new School Counselor here at Hidden Hills Elementary.  I have over 16 years of experience in public education. I have over three years of experience as an Elementary School Teacher and over 12 years of experience as an Elementary School Counselor.

From my experience as a kindergarten and fourth grade teacher and School Counselor, I found that there is a need for more counseling services geared toward serving children as a whole.  I utilize counseling theories and approaches to address students’ challenges that affect academic, personal, and social growth. Moreover, I believe in the use of Multi-Tiered System of Supports, which includes Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, for all students to help them succeed academically, behaviorally and social-emotionally.

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all students through the Second Step classroom guidance lessons.  In addition, I provide a variety of counseling services that include but are not limited to: individual counseling, small group counseling, and teacher/parent consultation. I also try to make myself available during recess or lunch time to check in with students and consult with teachers and other staff members. 

I am at Hidden Hills on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I am located in Rm. 12.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at (949) 495-0050 or with any questions you may have regarding the counseling program.

Vision Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District School Counseling Program strives to provide opportunities so that every student will acquire the social-emotional, academic, and career skills to reach their fullest educational potential and successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, competent and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.

Mission Statement

The mission of Capistrano Unified School District School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive counseling program that supports the whole child. School Counselors will focus on the needs, interests and issues related to social-emotional, academic, and career development of all students through a multi-tiered system of support. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote a positive school climate, provide an opportunity for all students to access their education and achieve personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

School-Wide Preventions

Goal: Ensure all students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills that will lead to behaviors that support academic achievement and social-emotional well-being.

Second Step Core Curriculum

The Second Step program is a social-emotional learning curriculum delivered via classroom guidance lessons by the counselor to all students. Second Step is designed to promote skills and attitudes that increase students' success in school, help them get along with others, and create a positive school climate in order to prevent school violence and bullying.

What is social-emotional learning?

  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others 
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively 
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions 
  • Solving problems effectively

Second Step lessons for elementary grades include:

  • Listening & Focusing Attention
  • Respect, Empathy, & Compassion
  • Identifying Feelings 
  • Emotion Management & Calming Down
  • Problem Solving 

For more information on Second Step click here.

If you are interested in learning how to connect Second Step at home and implement the concepts in the home setting, please click on the following link: Second Step Home Links.

*Please note that not all lessons have home links.


Ms. Jenny Thai

Contact Information

Hidden Hills Elementary School

25142 Hidden Hills Road

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 495-0050

FAX (949) 495-6920

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays


OC Links ((855) 625-4657: Behavioral Health Information and Referrals

Crisis Suicide Hotline: (877) 727-4747

Child Protective Services Hotline: (714) 940-1000 

Domestic Violence National Hotline (800) 799-7233

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