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Counseling Department Goals

* Support the CHMS mission

* Ensure equity and access for every student

* Provide academic, personal, social, emotional support for students, families and staff

* Teach students the skills they need to remove barriers to success


Counseling Information

Meet the Counseling Staff

Calavera HIlls Middle School has one counselor, Corey Espeleta, and one part-time Guidance Tech (Registrar), Holly Grupe.  Corey Espeleta is in Monday-Friday from 7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. while Holly Grupe works 7:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.



Counselor: Corey Espeleta       

  Hi. I've been a teacher and counselor in the Carlsbad Unified School District for 23 years, all of which has been in middle school :). This is my 2nd year as a counselor at CHMS and I am so happy to be part of the Calavera family for the second time in my career. I worked as a Math, Broadcasting, and Yearbook teacher at CHMS from 2004-2011 before leaving to pursue my passion for counseling. Because I missed Calavera so much, I jumped at the chance to come home. My passion has always been to support and uplift others and I feel so fortunate to be able to do this with students every day. The saying, "if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life" could not be more true. I have my Master's Degree in School Counseling, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, and Administrative Credential from National University and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at UC San Diego. I am married and have two grown children. My hobbies include beach volleyball, running, paddleboarding, kayaking, and pretty much anything outdoors. I look forward to working with you this year!



Guidance Tech (Registrar): Holly Grupe

I was thrilled when I received the opportunity to work here at Calavera Hills!  I enjoy coming to work every morning!  My journey here started in the Lake Elsinore School District where I was a Special Education Paraeducator II for three years.  Missing the coastal life, my family moved to Carlsbad in 2013 where I began working as a campus monitor at Hope Elementary.  With loving support from so many at Hope, I began subbing throughout CUSD as a Health Tech, Library Media Tech and Office Assistant.  Being hired as the Guidance Tech was a very welcoming transition.  Being a mom here for three years as well as being on the PTSA Board allowed me to begin my new position with many familiar faces.  I love being with all these amazing students every day, but when I go home, my day truly begins. My husband and three kids are the biggest part of my heart. We enjoy summer excursions, cooking large family meals and all things laughter.  I am so happy to be a part of the Coyote Community and am looking forward to a great school year!


The Role of the School Counselor

We help students with:

  • personal issues
  • friends and peers
  • grades, classes
  • planning for the future

How does the counseling office help?

  • We will listen to you
  • We can help you problem solve
  • We will clarify and explain things
  • We can mediate in case of a conflict
  • We can refer you to a person or place for additional help

When to ask to see your counselor:

  • When you need academic or organizational guidance
  • When you need help with friends or peers
  • When you feel really sad, worried, or angry
  • When you need help with how to handle a situation

Contact Information

Espeleta, Corey
Grupe, Holly
Guidance Tech

Student Request to See the Counselor

Click here to request an appointment with Mrs. Espeleta.


At times, students or their friends may be facing some problems that they are not sure how to handle. This form is for students to voice how they are feeling or let an adult know about any problems they are (or a peer is) having. It will only be seen by Ms. Schuman and Mrs. Espeleta, unless you specify that you would like it shared with another teacher or staff member or if it is deemed that you or someone else's safety might be compromised.


Stand Together Against Bullying and Harassment

Calavera Hills Middle School is committed to a safe, comfortable learning environment for all students. Bullying and harassment incidents can be reported to a trusted staff member at CHMS or you may ...more