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Meet our counselors


The counselors at Pleasant Hill Middle School collaborate with students, families and staff to help students reach their highest potential.  We work with classes as a whole, run small groups and meet individually with students.  We provide support to students needing help academically, socially and emotionally.

Miss Robin Zahner (6th, 7th, 8th grades: Last name M-Z) (925) 682-8000 ext. 3956    


I am excited to be back for my second 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, facilitating peer connection so that each student feels like a member of our community and assisting students in developing skills needed to be successful in middle school academically, socially and emotionally.  My experience includes working with students and families from a variety of different cultural and economic backgrounds at both the elementary and middle school levels.

Mr. James Saldivar (6th, 7th, 8th grades: Last names A-L) (925) 682-8000 ext. 3955


It is with great excitement that I join this amazing team 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.


Contact us:

James Saldivar, School Counselor (6th/7th/8th A-L)

(925) 682-8000 ext. 3955


Robin Zahner, School Counselor (6th/7th/8th M-Z)

(925) 682-8000 ext. 3956   


Counseling Services:

·         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 (lunch crew/QSA/Beyond Difference/Drawing Club)

·         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