Sarah Montes

Mrs. Sarah Montes


I spent my childhood in a small town in Michigan. After high school graduation, I attended Albion College and received a B.A. in Psychology. I always thought California looked so beautiful in magazines and movies so I made the move out west to attend graduate school at the University of San Diego. I obtained a M.A. degree in School Counseling and the P.P.S. Credential at USD. I am proud to be a National Board Certified Counselor.

I worked as a middle school counselor within the San Diego Unified School District for six years. This is my 7th year at Orchard Hills and I look forward to coming to school every day! The partnership between the staff, students, parents, and community make OH a world-class educational environment.

Ms. Christine MacInnis


As a former New Yorker who attended Queens College for my Bachelor’s degree in English and St. John’s University to obtain my Master’s in Education as a School Counselor and my PPS credential, I moved out to Los Angeles to enjoy the beach year round eighteen years ago. I currently live in Torrance with my husband and two children and still love missing a winter filled with snow!

As a counselor with over 20 years’ of middle school and high school experience both in New York and Torrance, CA, I love working with both pre-teens and teenagers. I also love assisting parents in the educational process. I wanted to take my work further so I decided to return to school to get my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State- Dominquez Hills. So currently, my other role outside of Orchard Hills is providing therapy to families as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in my private practice in Torrance.

This is my first year at Orchard Hills and I tell everyone it’s a dream school with such talented and giving teachers and staff. I look forward to getting to know all the families and becoming a support to them in my role as counselor here.


Orchard Hills School Counselors are here to help!


School Counselor’s Role:
Middle school is an ideal time for self-development, personal/social growth, and setting academic goals.
School counselors develop comprehensive guidance programs aimed at meeting the academic, personal/social, and career needs of all students. Some common middle school issues include academic support, friendship dilemmas, grief, family concerns, bullying, peer conflicts, divorce, anger management, college-preparation etc.
Typical Counseling Tasks:
  • Individual sessions
  • Parent meetings
  • Group sessions
  • Conflict-resolution meetings
  • SST (Student Study Team) meetings
  • 504 Plans
  • Scheduling (master schedule, student schedules)
  • Classroom guidance lessons
  • College and Career Week
  • Goal setting for college and career planning
  • High school transition program for 8th grade students
  • Referrals to therapists for on-going counseling
  • Referrals to community agencies
  • On-going collaboration with teachers and all staff members

How are Students Referred to the Counselor?

We are available to all students, parents and staff. Referrals are made by teachers, parents and students (self-referrals). You can reach us via:

We are aware that students are not sure what the process is to set up a meeting. We have good news! Students have several options:

  • Stop in before school, during break, lunch or after-school to see if we are available
  • Send us an e-mail
  • Leave a note for us in the front office or fill out a “Request to Meet with Counselor” form
  • Let us know that we need to meet when you see us around campus (I love this!)
  • Hand us a note when you see us around campus if you do not want anyone to overhear what you are telling us
  • Ask your teacher at an appropriate time if you can come to our office
  • Leave us a voicemail

We realize that some students may feel shy or nervous about coming in to the office to meet with a school counselor for the first time. School counselors are trained to listen to others and create a safe environment for students to share thoughts and feelings. Our favorite part of the counseling process is collaborating with students to create a variety of appropriate solutions.