Welcome to the Van Buren counseling page! We are committed to providing our students and families with social, emotional and community service support as we move through this difficult time. Please feel free to reach out to us and we will do our very best to assist you. Addtionally, below you will find links to the district Student Services and the Behavioral Mental Health pages. Both have a wide variety of resources for students and families.

  • Ms. Lepe works with our 5th through 8th grade students and runs the PLUS program for Van Buren. 

    In order to reach Ms. Lepe you may  call or email.


  • Hanson Headshot  

    Miss Hanson works with our younger students in Tk-4th grade.

    She can be reached during normal school hours via phone, text or email.


  • Mrs. Bakoz is our Mental Health Clinician. 

    In order to reach her you may call or email.



    Student Support Services

    Student Support Services offers a wide range of social, emotional, and health resources to help students thrive. Please click on the following link for more information.

    Student Support Services

  • Mental Health & Behavior Support Services

    The Mental Health & Behavior Support Services department periodically updates their webpage with useful information and resources related to supporting social emotional and behavioral needs of children and families. Please visit the Resources tab on the Mental Health & Behavior Support Services Department webpage at: for the following resources

    · Resources for parents in supporting their students regarding COVID 19

    · Mental Health Resources for families supporting students

    · PBIS Resources for families

    · Behavior Resources for families

    · Supports for staff (in the “in-district” resources section) regarding PBIS and behavior supports, and mental health supports for students

    Child Welfare and Attendance 

    Please feel free to call Social Service Case Manager Deante Daniel for further assistance with questions regarding Families In Transition, Home Instruction, attendance concerns, and any other student/family support issues you may have. Her hours are M-F, 8 AM-3PM and she can be reached at (209) 933-7020, extension 2298.