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Grade Level Coordinators

Ms. Viviana Hoyos - Class of 2021 (A - Lo)
Ms. Hoyos is thrilled to start her 3rd year at Walnut High School. Ms. Hoyos has worked in education since 2013. Prior to becoming a counselor at Walnut High School, Ms. Hoyos was serving students as a Preschool teacher and School-Based Counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master of Science in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State Los Angeles. 
When Ms. Hoyos is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outdoors, practicing yoga, retail therapy, and traveling. 
Ms. Sonia Nunez - Class of 2021 (Lu - Z) 
Ms. Sonia Nunez was born and raised in Los Angeles. Graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 2002. In 2006 she earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. Ms. Nunez then pursed her Masters of Science in Educational Counseling from the University of La Verne. Ms. Nunez interned the Summer/Fall of 2008 at Walnut High School under the guidance of Dr. Donna Hunter and Mrs. Ruthellyn Whittington. In October of 2008, Ms. Nunez officially joined the Mustang Family as the Intervention Counselor and in 2013 became a Grade Level Coordinator for the Class of 2017. Currently, Ms. Nunez is GLC to the Class of 2021 Lu-Z students. She also serves as PSAT and HOBY Coordinator. Her goal as an educator is to promote accountability, growth and opportunities for all students regardless of ability. Outside of work, Ms. Nunez enjoys do it yourself projects, making greeting cards and enjoys time with friends and family.
Mr. Ken McDill Class of 2022 (A - Li)
Ken McDill has been in education since 1993. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Teaching Credential in History from San Diego State University and a Pupil Personnel Services credential from UC Riverside. He is married and has three children, all of whom graduated from Walnut High School.
Mr. McDill's journey in Walnut Valley Unified School District as an Independent Studies teacher in Alternative Programs at Del Paso High School (now Ron Hockwalt Academies). While he was there he developed a Job Shadowing, Mentoring and Internship program for Diamond Bar High School and eventually transitioned into a position as the Coordinator of Pathways Communications Academy at DBHS. As the coordinator of the program, he also functioned as the GLC. When a GLC spot opened up at Walnut High School, Mr. McDill was able to make one of the best moves of my life to WHS.
He has been a GLC since 2005 here at WHS and has appreciated being able to serve all of our families over that time. Mr. McDill appreciates that you the parents have let us into your lives as partners in your child’s education and maturing process. The years here in Walnut Valley have been especially gratifying for him and he looks forward to several more years. (Well maybe not TOO many more).
Ms. Corolar Schultz - Class of 2022 (Lo - Z)
Corolar Schultz’s love of education began with parents who were actively involved in the Walnut community and believed in the power of schooling.
She started her career teaching English, Yearbook, Journalism and Drama at ColegioAmericano de Torreon in Coahuila, Mexico. When she left, she and her students had crossed many barriers. They learned that words could be used to convey passion, awareness and gratitude-and they appreciated the power that came from them.
After returning to the states, she taught English, coached both track and basketball, was an SSRA at South Pointe Middle School and the GLC for the Academic Design Program at Walnut High School. She has also served as the club advisor for both the National Honor’s Society and Writers’ Guild. Her goal was to familiarize herself with every aspect of the high school experience before entering into the counseling field.
As the GLC of Class of 2022, one of her greatest goals is to acquaint students with their inimitable potential. She is absolutely certain that each of their voices is meant to be heard, and is excited to hear each one of them.
This is Corolar’s 16th year at WVUSD and her fifth year as a GLC. She believes wholeheartedly that with every passing year, her passion for student development continues to thrive.
Ms. Jennifer Tucker - Class of 2023 (A - Lim)
Ms. Tucker is in her 24th year of Education and her 14th year at Walnut High School. Previously, Ms. Tucker came to us from Diamond Ranch High School where she was a Physical Education Instructor and a Coach of volleyball, soccer, and softball. Ms. Tucker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of La Verne.
When Ms. Tucker is not working, she enjoys watching her daughter (Cheyenne, 19) play soccer in college, and her son (Dylan, 21) play football in college. In addition to watching her own kids play sports in college, she very much enjoys attending all the sporting events at Walnut High School when time permits. Some things she enjoys in her spare time are listening to live music, spending time outdoors, hiking, and going to the beach and mountains. She loves taking road trips and discovering new places to see. Traveling is her passion and she has currently been to 19 countries and hopes to go to a new country each year. Spending time with her family and close friends from high school is something she really enjoys doing at any given time.
Ms. Tucker’s motto for life is to find balance in all that you do and to live your best life at all times.
Mr. Jeff Jacks - Class of 2023 (Lin - Z)
This is my 18th year at Walnut High School and my 12th year as a Grade Level Coordinator. For my first 6 years at Walnut High School I taught history (World History, United States History, and Civics). Prior to working at Walnut High School I worked at a private high school for 7 years where I was a history teacher, varsity softball coach, class sponsor, and in my last year, chairman of the history department.
My wife Julie and I have been married for 25 years! When I am not spending time with the family I enjoy films from the 30's, 40's, and 50's, listening to the blues and bluegrass music, and reading: currently I am enjoying Sherlock Holmes mysteries. My most recent long-term goal is to listen to each episode of the Jack Benny Radio Program.
M.A., Counseling and Guidance, Point Loma Nazarene University.. B.A., Political Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Ms. Jenny Alegre - Class of 2024 (Lo - Z)
Ms. Alegre is beginning year twelve as a High School Counselor. She served as the Intervention Counselor for two years at Walnut High before becoming a GLC in the fall of 2015. Before joining the Walnut Valley Unified family, she was the Intervention Counselor at Valencia High School in Placentia. At Valencia, she worked with at-risk students and coordinated the House Opportunity Endeavor Program, which was awarded the Golden Bell award in 2009. Before pursuing Counseling Ms. Alegre served as an administrative assistant for seven years and as a Bilingual Instructional Aide for two years. She earned her English and Counseling degrees from National University. During her free time, she enjoys reading, walking on the beach and spends a lot of time enjoying the company of her family, especially her children; ages 21, 19 and 16. 
Mr. Nathan Newman - Class of 2024 (A - Li)
My name is Nathan Newman. I graduated Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. I then attended University of La Verne where I earned a Master's degree in Educational Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. My wife and I have been happily married for since 2013 and in 2019 we welcomed our first born son into the world. I have been a proud member of Walnut Valley School District since 2014 and a member of the Walnut High School GLC team since 2016. I am looking forward to many more years helping our students and community achieve a high level of success. 
Mrs. Elisabeth Everts - ADP 
Mrs. Elisabeth Everts is entering her 6th year as a Mustang, and her 3rd year as the Academic Design Program (ADP) Grade Level Coordinator (GLC). Previously, Mrs. Everts taught English both here at Walnut High School (WHS) and for 9 years at Suzanne Middle School. In her last 4 years at Suzanne she was also a 7th grade counselor for 1 period. She proudly started her first four years of teaching and administration at Opportunities For Learning Charter School in the City of Industry and North Long Beach.
Mrs. Everts earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in poetry at The University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Masters in School Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential through Azusa Pacific University. As the GLC for the ADP program, Mrs. Everts works with a focused group of students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Her responsibilities also include being the Mt. San Antonio College Connect Four liaison, and actively promoting the only pathway with research-based methodology in college-prep-level curriculum at WHS. Her main goals as the ADP GLC are to make sure that ADP students, all staff, and students understand all of the positive opportunities available to students in ADP including: the small family-like atmosphere, hands-on and intrapersonal teaching with a mind-body connection, an embedded student council, a dedicated GLC with more personal attention, college field-trips, and learning from some of the most hard-working teachers on campus!
When she is not at WHS, Mrs. Everts strives to live a quality (over quantity) life with her son, husband, and cutest and cuddliest two cats in the world at home in Altadena. #ADPSTRONG
Ms. Jennifer Leigh Peiten - Intervention Counselor
Ms. Jennifer-Leigh Peiten is the Intervention Counselor and 504 Coordinator here at Walnut High School. She has been a proud Mustang since 2015! She grew up in the city of Walnut and graduated from Nogales High School.
Mrs. Peiten completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology at the California State University, Fullerton and a Master in Science in School Counseling from the University of La Verne in 2004. She has been working in education since 1998.
As the Intervention Counselor, she works to support students academically as well as socially and emotionally as they navigate their way through their high school experience. She is responsible for coordinating 504 plans as well as coordinating Student Study Team meetings while working in partnership with GLCs, teachers and families. She sees that every student has the ability to succeed in their own way and appreciates the diverse needs of the students she serves.
When she’s not working, Mrs. Peiten enjoys adventures with her family by air, land and sea.
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