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 School Climate


Rita Baharian, Director                        

1350 M Street, Building C
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-457-6058
Fax: 559-457-3378

What is the School Climate office?

Using a Safe and Civil Schools approach, the School Climate office provides positive behavior intervention supports to teachers and schools in the areas of school climate and culture, social emotional learning, and classroom management.

Our vision

School Climate's vision is to ensure safe, civil, and connected school cultures and climates where norms of caring and inclusion are valued and embraced by the community.

Our mission

School Climate's mission is to lead and collaboratively support the Fresno Unified School District community in school climate and culture initiatives, together with social emotional development.

What services do we provide?

  • Supporting implementation of schoolwide structures that promote social emotional health and learning in conjunction with academic learning in order to educate the "whole" child
  • Engaging teachers and students in creating and maintaining positive learning environments and collaborating with school staff to ensure student success
  • Implementing an affirmative and comprehensive approach to preventing and addressing bullying on school campuses
  • Promoting a proactive, positive approach to classroom management and school discipline
  • Developing and presenting professional learning opportunities for a variety of staff, including certificated, classified, and administrative.

Regional Support

Each region has a specific Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) assigned to help support school sites with the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention program, the Second Step curriculum for social emotional learning, and all Safe and Civil Schools initiatives.

Region School Climate Staff Phone Number Email
Bullard Tracey Havens 457-3345
Edison Mindy Eskelsen 457-7400
Fresno Dan Thomson 457-3355
Hoover Nicole Gorban 457-3372
McLane (McLane, Scan, Birney, Ericson, Ewing, Turner Norseman) Marialuisa Rodriguez 457-6087
McLane (Duncan, Yosemite, Hidalgo, Wishon, Leavenworth, Mayfair, Rowell) Amy Hardcastle 457-7411
Roosevelt Mariana Hosoda 457-7474
Sunnyside Lauren Cascarano 457-7472


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