Hi I'm Ms. Gia and I wear 2 hats here at Foothill Knolls! I am a SPED Paraeducator and I also help coordinate our Wellness Room. I have worked in the public school system for over 30 years now and hold a CLEAR CLAD credential from Cal Poly Pomona as well as a Master Certification in Clinical EFT from the American Institute of Health Care Professionals. My passion for mindfulness, SEL and teaching Emotional Intelligence has brought me to where I am today; Author, Educator/Consultant, and Mindfulness Coach. Partnering with University of LaVerne to Co-Author the Mindful Parenting Series has been an honor and in the Fall 2022, my first mindfulness children's book will be released! Check out "Growing with Gerti" on Amazon. I have 3 beautiful daughters that attend and attended UUSD schools and I have been married to my retired Firefighter husband for 25 yrs this June. I look forward to educating parents, students and staff any chance I have about the importance of keeping their nervous system healthy and completely enjoy journeying alongside everyone on their growth journey. In my spare time you can find me watching BBC Dramas with my hubby, playing games with my middle schooler, writing children's books, chatting/laughing with my girlfriends, attending church with my family, or bonding with my older girls over ice cream or Tik Toks.
Feel free to reach out anytime!
Middle School and SEL Counselor