Yolanda Oleniacz » Bio


Hello! I am Yolanda Oleniacz, the Academic Support Coordinator, working with students who have Educational Plans due to learning differences. It is an honor to have joined the St. Monica High School community this year! I received my BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University, an MA in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Phillips Graduate Institute, and an MA in School Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and have a California PPS School Counseling Credential. The last 20 years I have spent working as a school counselor and supporting students with classroom accommodations. I have also worked as a family therapist throughout the years and started my career as a children social worker for the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services assessing child abuse and identifying child/family needs.

My interest in education and child welfare started during a time that I was a substitute teacher for the LA Unified School District, where I noticed many children who were struggling with learning and emotional issues. It was then that I became passionate about discovering the reason why a child can become discouraged to learn. While I am a licensed therapist, my primary role at SMCHS is to work as an Academic Support school counselor helping students who learn differently. My goal is to work as a team with the teachers, counselors, and parents, to help students stay engaged and encouraged towards learning, even when faced with challenges.

I have been married for over 30 years and have one daughter in her twenties who is also passionate about education and working as a teacher. Spending time with my family and friends and watching British detective shows, are my other passions!