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Questions About Gender Identity

People tend to use the terms “sex” and “gender” interchangeably. But, while connected, the two terms are not equivalent. Generally, we assign a newborn’s sex as either male or female based on the baby’s genitals. A person’s gender is the complex interrelationship between three dimensions: body, identity, and social gender. For more information, check out this article on Gender Spectrum.

Books on Gender Identity (k-6)
It Feels Good To Be Yourself
Julian Is A Mermaid

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McKenzie Campana, MA, PPS

Counselor Welcome

Counselor's Corner

Hello from your school counselor!

My name is McKenzie Campana and I am excited rejoin FUSD and the Niles community for the 22/23 school year! Born and raised in Fremont, I feel honored to serve students and families in my hometown. I attended Chadbourne, Hopkins and Mission San Jose before pursuing my B.S. in Business Administration at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and M.A. in Counseling & Guidance (including the PPS School Counseling Credential) at San Jose State University. This will be my second year working with the Niles community. If we haven't already met, I would love to get to know you and your student(s). Please don’t be a stranger!

Counseling changes in FUSD...

The 21/22 school year was the first year that Niles Elementary had a full-time school counselor on staff! This means that Niles' students and families gained access to a school counselor (virtually and in-person) five days a week, Monday-Friday. Please visit my "Contact Information" page to learn about different ways to get in touch with me. 

My Philosophy

I am a strong believer in intentional collaboration between parents/guardians, teachers, school staff and the school counselor to work as a team to support students' well-being and academic success. I welcome open communication lines with stakeholders (that respect counselor confidentiality) so we can partner together to provide social, emotional and academic support to students, both at school and at home. 

Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and successful 22/23 school year! 

october: national bullying prevention month

Check out the following books for teaching children about empathy, feelings, kindness, compassion, tolerance, and recognizing bullying behaviors.

Check out the two short videos below to learn how to identify bullying and stand up to it safely.