Larrah Feliciano, Ed.D. – Program Specialist
Dr. Larrah Feliciano began her career in education as a pre-K teacher before moving to San Luis Obispo to obtain her master’s in English literature. While at Cal Poly, she also taught English composition at the university then pursued teaching at the high school level here in EGUSD. She believes passionately in fostering prosocial relationships and asset-building in youth, and focused on Positive Youth Development as her doctoral research at UC Davis. She is excited to be a part of the Youth Development Office ensuring that our students have the resources and supports they need to thrive.
Megan Sladen Parent, YDO Resource Teacher
Megan Sladen Parent began her EGUSD career as a high school teacher in 1996. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English as well as teaching credentials in both English and Health. In 2003 she earned a Master’s in School Counseling. She was very fortunate to be able to join the Youth Development Office in 2013. Megan works one on one with 6th – 12th grade students who are using substances as well as teaches a variety of student, staff and family workshops. She is certified to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid and Question Persuade Refer, a suicide prevention curriculum, and is passionate about improving the mental health supports students have in the district and throughout the community.
Yvette Jackson, YDO Counselor
Yvette Jackson has been a vital part of the Youth Development Office team since 2006. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Sociology and Ethnic Studies and holds a Master’s in Business Administration. Most recently, Yvette earned a Master’s in School Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Originally on the path to running a nonprofit, Yvette found a home with the YDO team and has made a lasting impact on EGUSD students ever since. Yvette specializes in working with pregnant and parenting teens as well as providing group and individual counseling on a variety of issues affecting our students including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Yvette is passionate about helping all young people recognize and reach their full potential, and works tirelessly to support all our students across the district.
Maria Garcia Patlan, Project Implementor
Maria Garcia Patlan began her career with EGUSD in 2014. She began as a paraeducator at Charles Mack Elementary School and later transferred to Samuel Kennedy Elementary. She expanded her role as paraeducator and later as a school office assistant at multiple EGUSD sites. Maria is a first-generation college graduate and is planning on pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling. Maria is passionate about empowering our youth to achieve their academic, career, and life goals. During her free time, you can find her exploring new hiking trails, spending time with her family and friends, or watching horror films. Maria is excited and grateful to be part of the Youth Development Office and expand on her professional career.
Ingrid Morales Valdez, Project Implementor
Ingrid Morales Valdez (she/her/hers) joined the Youth Development Office in 2018. She is a Valley High School alumna and has worked at EGUSD for about 8 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Marriage, Couple, & Family Counseling. Ingrid provides substance use prevention, intervention and education services, individual case management to foster youth, and is the GSA advisor at Daylor High School. In addition to her position as a Project Implementor, she is certified to teach Youth Mental Health First Aid and Question Persuade Refer, a suicide prevention curriculum. Ingrid was born in El Salvador and in 2005 immigrated to Sacramento where she has resided since. Outside of work, Ingrid enjoys spending time with her spouse and five pets (her dog Pongo, her cats Luna and Chiquita, and her chickens Boba and Coffee), gardening, hiking, cooking and listening to music.
Ana Solano, Program Assistant
Ana Solano began her EGUSD career eight years ago serving students and families in a clerical support role at Samuel Kennedy. As a native Californian, she loves all the seasons of the year especially the spring months. As an avid history buff, she enjoys reading and exploring the world. Ana’s true calling is becoming a member of the EGUSD Youth Development Office serving as a supportive member and advocating for social justice.