Counselor Corner

Mr. Susalla's Counselor Corner

Hi, I’m Steve Susalla, the new counselor at La Jolla Elementary School.  I am excited to be working here.


I have three children who are 8, 9 and 11, so I am well versed in the elementary school-aged child. I also have a fourth on the way next month. I love spending time with my family, mountain biking and working on old cars. I also coach softball and baseball and help out with soccer.


After retiring from a 20-year career in the Navy, I did not know what I wanted to do next with my life.  I started substitute teaching and realized I loved working with kids. Teaching was great, but I it did not give me enough time with each student so I looked into counseling and loved it! I enrolled in Point Loma Nazarene University’s Master’s program in Guidance and Counseling, which I completed this past May.

This year I’ll be teaching classroom lessons to support students’ social/emotional development.  I’ll also work with students in small group settings.  Please reach out to me if you feel your child would benefit from additional support or from talking to me.


Once we return to school, you will see me out and about. In the meantime, please feel free to email me at [email protected] and/or visit my website.


Very respectfully,

Steven Susalla


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