December 9, 2021

Two school counselors in California recently won state and national awards for their work. Both are first-generation college graduates and alumni of Fresno State, both grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, where they still work today, and both are from immigrant families.

How did these experiences make them better counselors? We hear from them and from the reporters who interviewed them for EdSource.


  • Alma Lopez, School counselor, Livingston Middle School, Livingston Union School District
  • Yia Le, School counselor, McLane High School, Fresno Unified School District
  • Carolyn Jones, Reporter, EdSource
  • Larry Gordon, Reporter, EdSource

Read EdSource stories about the counselors: