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If you're are sick or missed school because of an appointment, please bring a note from your parents/guardian to the counseling office (Ms. Lai) when you return to school, so that we can excuse your absence.


1) Your Name, Grade, Homeroom

2) Dates and reason you were absent

3) Parent Signature


Parents are also encouraged to call Ms. Karen Lai if your child is absent (415) 759-2773. 

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Counseling Department

The Role of the School Counselor

The counselor works in collaboration with school staff, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members to be an advocate for students in order to maximize student potential and academic achievement, so that students may be healthy and productive members of society. The school counselor assumes a leadership role in the development of an appropriate program of guidance for the school site.

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Currently under construction :)

Our Counseling Team


APG1.jpgCounselors at APG transition to each grade level with their students. 


Counselor Bios


Counselor: Mr. Kachiside Madu (a.k.a. Mr. K)

(Class of 2017)

Alma Mater:

BA: San Jose State University

MA: University of San Francisco, Counseling Psychology

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Mr. K is leaving Giannini and a new counselor will begin in August 2017 as the 6th Grade Counselor (Class of 2020)


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Counselor: Ms. Allyson Lau

(Class of 2018)

Alma Mater:

BA: San Francisco State University, Child & Adolescent Development - Youth & Family Services

MA: University of San Francisco, Counseling Psychology

Hometown: San Francisco, CA



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Counselor: Mr. Joaquin Jang

(Class of 2019)

Alma Mater:

BA: George Washington University

MA: University of San Francisco, Counseling Psychology

Hometown: Bodega, CA


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Dean: Mr. Jonah Backstrom

Alma Mater:

BS: University of Massachusetts 

MS: San Francisco State University, Counseling 

Hometown: Boston, MA




Services Offered

  • Collaboration and consultation with students, teachers, families, and other providers to identify strategies to help student(s) in areas of academics, behavior, and social-emotional well-being.
  • Serves as a resource in the area of student intervention using researched and evidence-based practices.
  • Provides personal counseling on 1:1 basis
  • Collaborate with Restorative Practices team for peer conflict
  • Provides targeted small group counseling 
  • Provides crisis support with school team
  • Promote high school, college & career readiness 
  • Assists students in scheduling matters

Counseling Office Hours

8:10AM - 11:50AM

12:50PM - 4:00PM

Counseling Office: 415.759.2773

Attendance/Counseling Secretary: Karen Lai x3130

Dean: Jonah Backstrom x3137

Joaquin Jang: x3127

Kachiside Madu: x3331

Allyson Lau: x3131


How do I see my counselor?

Find us during lunch or passing period, get a pass from your teacher first, set an appointment, or email us!

Backstrom, Jonah
Jang, Joaquin
6th Grade Counselor
Lai, Karen
Lau, Allyson
7th Grade Counselor
Madu, Kachiside
8th Grade Counselor

7th Grade School Loop Surveys

Counseling Locker

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