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Tiered Support Staff

Tiered Support Staff

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Tier 1 Interventions and Supports:

Counselors are able to provide a variety of mental health and family support resources, based on factors such as the student’s specific need, family insurance, etc.  Counselors are here to support ALL students with personal, social, and mental health concerns.  Outside resources are available to all, as well as academic support provided by each teacher.  However, sometimes students need extra support in order to reach their full potential.  


Tier 2 Interventions and Supports:

Tier 2 Interventions and Supports are designed for the 10-15% of students who are not responding effectively to the Universal Supports in Tier 1 of the school.  These students need more intensive interventions to teach skills not taught in Tier 1/ Blade FAMILY.  The interventions in Tier 2 are designed to be assessed quickly, highly efficient, flexible, and to bring about rapid movement. The goal of Tier 2 is to teach skills that aren’t addressed by Blade FAMILY. using a short-term intervention.


Sources for Identifying Students for Tier 2 Supports: 

East High Counselors and Intervention Team use a variety of sources to help identify students who are appropriate for Tier 2 services.


    • Requests for Intervention and Support from Parents, Students, and/or Staff:  Parents, Students, and Staff can request intervention and support by navigating to the Blade FAMILY Student Request for Intervention and Support page (link to the page)

    • Administrator Request for Tier 2 Supports
    • Counselor Request for Tier 2 Supports
    • EBHS Coordination of Services Team (COST) Request for Tier 2 Supports
Other Sources include screening tools and/or strategies to accurately identify students in need of Tier 2 supports prior to the student failing and/or disengaging from instruction. Other sources of information that are useful in determining which students may be in need of additional support include health office logs, attendance records, and the student’s cume file. 

Tier 2 Interventions may include

  • Mentoring
  • Family Engagement/ Home Visits
  • Grade/Attendance Checks
  • Check In-Check Out (CICO)
  • Restorative Circles/Practices
  • Small Groups
    • Substance Abuse
    • Coping Skills
    • Anxiety
    • Grief Group
    • Social Skills


Tier 3 Interventions and Supports:

  • If a student is not making progress in Tier 2 services or is in crisis, student will be referred to Tier 3 services, such as:
  1. Case Management and Linkage
    1. Referring student to mental health services with Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services or Private insurance and following up
  2. Crisis Assessment and Intervention
    1. Conducting suicide assessments 
    2. Re-entry plan when student returns back to school from Mary K Shell or Bakersfield Behavioral Health Hospital (BBHH).
  3. Direct Therapeutic Interventions with Tier 3 Students
    1. Provide/teach coping skills to help them in the classroom
    2. Facilitate small Tier 3 focused groups (for those needing more support after Tier 2 groups)


Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

Access:  661-868-8080

Local Crisis Hotline:  1-800-991-5272


Kern County Department of Human Services - Resource Caregiver Family Guide to Services


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


California Department of Education, Mental Health




National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:   1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Hotline:  Text HOME to 741741

Local Crisis Hotline:  868-8000 or 800-991-5272

Tier I Team
Title Name
Blade FAMILY Coordinator Megan Mason, Assistant Principal of Instruction
Co-Facilitator, Certificated

Regina Montano, Band Director/VPA

Co-Facilitator, Certificated

Noelle Combs, Social Studies 


Carla Stallworth, Principal 

Maggie Ortega, Assistant Principal of Administration

School Social Worker 

Natasha Martinez


Lawanna Dixon


Esequiel Esparza, Parent Center Liaison 


Jason Calhoun, Security


Ana Catano, Intervention Counselor 


Staci Darden, Intervention Counselor


Kasey Graves, English 


Paul Mitts, CTE


Christina Galvan, Math 


Sherri Hill, Science 


Nathaniel Andrade, Health 


Lori McKellar,  Activity Director 


Adriana Arnold, Link Crew


Jayme Reyna, Link Crew


Maddison Tibbetts, English 


Vanessa Sanchez, Social Studies


Rita Morales, Math 


Eddie Morrow, Blade Advocacy Center


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ASB Student Representative 



Tiffany Brady