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Student Support


While distance learning continues, we are still checking our email and phone and can answer questions and support needs of students and families.  Our contact information is below.  Please also save these community crisis support numbers:

Contra Costa Crisis Center (800-833-2900) or text HOPE to 20121
California Youth Crisis Line (800-843-5200) (Text or Call)

We've put together a list of community resources and suggested activities to do at home during this time.  We are thinking about you!




Robin Zahner
Ms. Robin Zahner, Counselor

(All students 6th, 7th & 8th except those with 504 Plans) 
(925) 682-8000 ext. 3956 *

 I am excited to be back for my fifth year at Pleasant Hill Middle!  Working with this age group has been a fun and adventurous challenge.  At this age, 6th-8th grade students continue through self-discovery, work to become more independent and feel the stress of changes around and within them.  I like to view my role at PLHMS as a member of your student’s team, helping them navigate the process.  My work includes pushing for continued positive school climate and assisting students in developing skills needed to be successful in middle school academically, socially and emotionally.  


Dan Roll
Mr. Dan Roll, (Student Support, 6th, 7th, 8th grades) 

I have been working at Pleasant Hill Middle School for seven years in the role of student support and my work with students focuses on using communication skills and thoughtful problem solving to deal with conflicts.  Middle school can be a challenging time socially.  Between changing friendships and increased social media interactions, there are times when you might not feel good about the way things are going with someone or more than one person on campus.  I love helping students navigate tricky social situations and helping them learn and practice skills that are super necessary for anyone planning to live a successful, fulfilling life.


James Saldivar
Mr. James Saldivar, Counselor 
Students with 504 Plans * (925) 682-8000 ext. 3955 *

It is with great excitement that I work here at Pleasant Hill Middle School. Having been born and raised in Pleasant Hill, I feel privileged to be working with the same community that played such a significant role in my personal development. My goal as a school counselor is to be a reliable resource for students and parents during this critical time in a child's life.


Counseling Services (Please note that these look different and may be on hold during distance learning as we prioritize other school and student needs):

  • One-to-one counseling and check-in’s
  • Small group counseling
  • Academic advisement  
  • Personal development
  • Career guidance           
  • Support with building peer relationships and conflict resolution
  • Providing resources for students/parents
  • Lunch time clubs (Game Room and GSA)
  • Classroom guidance
  • CARE team to discuss support for students
  • 504 case management

Students may see a counselor at any time. "Counseling Request Forms" are available at the counter in the student entrance of the office.

Who can refer a student to the counselors?

  • Self-Referral (Students can ask to see the counselor by leaving a note in the counselor box in the office)
  • Peer referral (A peer may refer a friend to the counselor)
  • Teacher referral
  • Parent referral

Additional Resources

Lunch time clubs