Meet the Support Team

To best meet the needs of our students, Adams Middle School is fortunate enough to have two full-time counselors, a part-time EL Advisor, a School Psychologist, a COSA (Counselor on Special Assignment), and a Project-Alert Curriculum Counselor. 
 
We are available by appointment Monday - Friday from 7:40am - 3:00pm or via phone or email consultation. Please see below for the support staff's contact information.  

Counselor (A-K): Amber Beach

Greetings! I'd like to announce that I am back from maternity leave. I am super excited to be starting my sixth year at the finest middle school in the South Bay. I serve students and families whose last names start with the letters A-K. I was born and raised in beautiful Bishop, CA and spent my childhood hiking and camping in the Sierra. College brought me to the big city where I earned my Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Education from Loyola Marymount University. After studying, working and volunteering in Europe, Australia and Africa, I completed my Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Counseling and my Pupil Personnel Services Credential from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. I love the outdoors, traveling, cooking, farmers markets. humanitarianism, and quality time with my immediate and extended family. Outside of my counseling role, I'm also a PEER Advisor, Club Sponsor, and Kind Crew Chair.  I look forward to working with you!

Phone: (310) 789-8636 Ext. 1359

Emailabeach@rbusd.org

Counselor (L-Z): Kelly Egan

Hello Eagles! After supporting Adams' A-K students as a counseling substitute last semester, I knew this was my dream school and I am beyond excited to join the Adams family full-time as the new L-Z counselor! I grew up here in the South Bay going to the beach, playing water polo, and marching in the band. As much as I loved home, I chose to broaden my horizons and move across the country to attend college at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where I received my BS in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. I went on to pursue my MA in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential back in sunny California at Loyola Marymount University. In my spare time I enjoy traveling the world, reading, going to Disneyland, and of course, spending time at the beach! I am looking forward to supporting you!

 

Emailkegan@rbusd.org

Phone: (310) 798-8636 Ext. 3909      

 

Curriculum Counselor: Ashley MacDonald

Hi! My name is Ashley MacDonald and I joined Adams Middle School in the spring of 2017. I support programs on campus including Project ALERT, Second Step, Tobacco Use Prevention Education, PEER Leaders, and the Adams Wellness Council. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Spanish from UC Santa Barbara and my MA in Education & Human Development with an emphasis in School Counseling from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. I also hold a Pupil Personnel Service Credential in School Counseling. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, traveling and catching up with friends any chance I get. I am at Adams Thursdays, Fridays and alternating Wednesdays.

Emailamacdonald@rbusd.org

COSA (Counselor on Special Assignment): Gina Zbikowski

Hello Eagles! This is my fourth year working in Redondo Beach Unified School District and at Adams Middle School! I previously served as one of Adams School Counselors, but I have now taken on a new role as COSA (Counselor on Special Assignment). As COSA, I am responsible for supporting our Title I student population, facilitating Student Success Team meetings, overseeing WatchDOGS and the PBIS Store, implementing student interventions, as well as other administrative duties such as campus supervision and student discipline. I grew up in Wildomar, CA and throughout my K-12 experience I participated in ASB, yearbook, Cheer, and a variety of clubs. I transferred from Mt. San Jacinto College and graduated from UCLA with my Bachelor’s degree in American Literature and Culture. I earned my Master's degree in Education with an Emphasis in Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the University of Redlands. I love animals, traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Outside of my role as COSA, you will also see me working with PEER Leaders, Free2B Me, and the Cheer team.

Phone: (310) 789-8636 Ext. 3917

Emailgzbikowski@rbusd.org

 

School Psychologist: Jenna Walsh

Hello Adams Eagles! My name is Jenna Walsh and this is my fourth year at Adams Middle School. I have been a School Psychologist for thirteen years. I completed my Master’s in School Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, where I spent many years as adjunct faculty teaching an ‘Introduction to Cognitive Assessment’ class. I also hold a doctorate in Educational Leadership, specifically Educational Psychology, from USC. I grew up in the South Bay, and currently live in Redondo Beach. My hobbies
include swimming, Pilates, reading suspense novels, volunteering with boy and girl scouts, painting, and spending time with my children. I will be supporting students who have Individualized Education Plans, providing DIS counseling services to students with IEPs, and conducting assessments.

Phone: (310) 789-8636 Ext. 3911

Email: jwalsh@rbusd.org

EL Advisor: Jennell Tanaka

Hello, Eagles! My name is Jennell Tanaka, and this is my sixth year as an EL Academic Advisor with an emphasis in counseling at Adams Middle School. I have the opportunity to work with our English Learners (EL) to assist them in acquiring the English language and supporting them in completing their courses. I also have the opportunity to work with all students during our 4-year high school planning and matriculation to Redondo Union High School (RUHS). I have my Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Counseling and my Pupil Personnel Services Credential from National University. I earned my Bachelor’s in Studio Art at Long Beach State. I enjoy spending time with my family and attending as many Angels games as possible. I am at Adams Monday-Wednesday and RUHS, Thursday and Friday.

Adams Phone #: (310) 789-8636 Ext. 3913

RUHS Phone #: (310) 798-8665 Ext. 4015

Emailjtanaka@rbusd.org