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Our Motto: "Excellence Is Our Standard" Southeast Academy High School could be the key to your future. To schedule your Interview call us at (562) 210-4700 or email  Students are welcome to apply from surrounding school districts. Our staff will assist you with your permit.  We are a public school of choice no fees. If you are ready to be challenged in the classroom, and want to improve on your leadership skills we are the school for you. "Failure Is Not An Option" 100% Graduation Rate Be Ready!
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Counseling » Meet the 2020-2021 Counseling Team

Meet the 2020-2021 Counseling Team

General Counseling Related Questions:
Send an email to and one of our
counseling members will get back to you within 48 hours
To schedule a 30-minute meeting with the counselor please click on this link: 

Hello Bulldog Families!

My name is Mrs. Cervantes (SSgt) and I have the best job in the world!

This is my 6th year as the SEA counselor and 8th year in education. I served in the US Marine Corps from 2001-2005, Oorah! Earned my Masters in Counseling from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2011 and my CTE Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego in 2014. I see great potential in every cadet/student. I am honored to be your counselor.

I love reading and drinking coffee. I spend my time off with

my husband and two children, James (6) and Aliya (8). 


Available Monday - Friday  8:00am - 3:00pm

Hi there! My name is Melissa Gahungu and I am

entering my second year in the Masters program for School Counseling at CSULB

where I also completed my B.A. in Economics, go BEACH! I look forward to

working with the students and staff at Southeast Academy to support students

achieve their goals! Outside of school, I enjoy traveling and spending time

with my loved ones.


Available Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays  8:30am - 3:00pm


My name is Karina Magallanes and I am a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach in the midst of completing my Master in School Counseling. As a first-generation college student, I graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. My passion to become a school counselor has greatly been influenced through life experiences and working directly with youth and families. I aspire to become a professional school counselor who will be a system of support for all students, while ensuring all students’ social, emotional, and career needs are met. My goal is that all students are advocated for, are treated fairly, have access to all services and supports, and are successful.
Available Tuesdays & Thursdays  8:30am - 3:00pm


My Name Is Riley deBeaubien and I am currently beginning my final year of CSULB’s Graduate School Counseling program. I’m originally from Austin, Texas where I obtained my BA in Theatre at the University of Texas. I have been living in Los Angeles for the past five years and am loving it! I’m so excited to join the Southeast Academy Team and learn as I help students overcome obstacles and maximize their own potential. When I am not in the classroom or studying I enjoy playing games, watching TV/movies, cooking, and spending time with my newly married husband.


Available Mondays & Fridays  8:30am - 3:00pm


Mrs. Shanon Cruz
Assistant Principal
SEA & JGHS Counseling Supervisor

Hello! My name is Aitana Pecero and I am a graduate student at USC in the final year of completing my Masters in Social Work. I graduated from CSUF in 2019 with my bachelors in Sociology and minor in Child and Adolescent Development. I believe every child and youth has the ability to be successful, both educationally/care-wise and in life, with the proper support in place; which is why I aspire to become a school social worker. I look forward to being that support system at Southeast Academy!

Hi, my name is Jose Cortez and I am the new high school bridge liaison for Cerritos College. I started my journey at East Los Angeles College and transferred to California State University, Los Angeles as a Psychology major. As a first-generation college student, I struggled to navigate the higher education system. With the help of counselors and the resources community college had to offer, I got the social support needed to strive and continue my education. I recently graduated from the University of Southern California pursuing a degree in educational counseling. My passion is to help students of all backgrounds and help them fulfill their academic aspirations.