Steven Avina

Highlights:

  • Experienced college admissions counselor having helped students gain admissions to the UC & CSU systems, as well as many private universities
  • Head High School Counselor
  • Counselor for the award winning High School Medical Academy
  • Athletics counselor with multiple Division One scholarships
  • Helped students & families navigate the NCAA & NAIA Process
  • Assisted families in transition from high school to Post-Secondary Planning such as UC, CSU, private universities, and Career Technical Education

Biography

About Avina

As a first generation college student, I am very passionate about helping families navigate the college process, especially for families who have little to no experience with university admissions. I have helped many of my former students gain admission to the UC and CSU systems as well as private schools. I specialize in helping my students find and secure scholarships that are available to them, many of my students have been awarded multiple scholarships, notably the Gates Millenium Scholarship. As a former student athlete and current athletics counselor of my High School, I am able to help student athletes prepare and design a four-year plan to meet the guidelines to attend a four-year university, and many of my former student athletes have received Division One admissions and scholarships. When I am not at work, I can be found spending time with my wife, daughter, and twin boys. My daughter and I train Jiu Jitsu 3 nights a week.

Education

  • B.A. in Chicano Studies with a Minor in Early Childhood Education - University of California Santa Barbara
  • M.S. in Educational Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential - University of San Diego

Professional Affiliation(s)

  • California Association for School Counselors (CASC)
  • American School Counselors Association (ASCA)
  • National Association for College Admission and Counseling (NACAC)

Philosophy

As a School Counselor, my students' and families' best interest is placed first and foremost. Every day is met with a smile, a handshake or a hug and a piece of who I am. My counseling/coaching style has always been direct--be real and be honest. My effort will match your effort, so if you give me 100% then I will match your 100%. My path is to help you fulfill your goals and walk alongside you in this journey of post-secondary planning.

Testimonial

“Mr. Avina was my high school counselor for the entire four years that I had attended PSHS. He had guided me through my academics by helping me choose the right classes and by challenging me to take on more AP and dual-enrollment classes since he believed in my potential to handle numerous at a time. His supportive and caring nature is evident in the way he dedicates his time and efforts and is always present for his students - making him the best possible Head Counselor. With his guidance, I was able to successfully graduate as Valedictorian and more importantly, as a young individual who’s ready to take on my future goals at UC Irvine. Having Mr. Avina as my counselor is truly something I’m grateful for to this day. ”

– Colleen V., University of California Irvine, Class of 2022

"Throughout my 4 years of high school, Mr. Aviña has been there as a guide, a mentor, a friend, and even a father figure at times. He makes the effort to get to know each of his students in order to gain a better understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, and general personalities. In addition to helping me with my educational responsibilities, he has also been someone whom I can trust to openly discuss personal issues or factors that hindered my performance in school. Because of the constant positivity, reassurance, and support of Mr. Avina, I was able to excel greatly in high school and feel well-prepared for college as well as other future endeavors."

– Aprille A., University of California, Riverside 2022