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Guidance & Counseling

Welcome to the Counseling page!
Mr. Robert J.Sutten, Jr.
(951) 253-7430 ext 2136
Mr. Sutten is the counselor for students' whose last name begins with L through Z in grades 6,7, and 8. 
Mr. Sutten has been a counselor at DABMS for over 19 years now.  He holds the CJSF meetings during lunch.
Mr. Jerry Brookshire
(951) 253-7430 ext 2136
I am the counselor for Students' whose last name begins with A through K in grades 6, 7, and 8.
If you have questions about your schedule, are having difficulty with your classes, conflicts with peers or at home, you may come to me and we can see what we can do to resolve the problems.

I also run a group called "Why Try."  Why Try is a national program to help students with decision making.  In the program we use 10 pictoral analogies to discuss life issues.  If you would like to join, I will be starting new groups at a later date.

I am here to help you be successful while you're at David Brown Middle School.  Stop by and say hello, or just say hello when you see me on campus.

Also, I am the Website Coordinator.  I am currently working on getting the web site together.  So, if you have questions, suggestions, or information about the web page, please let me know.

Mrs. Ellen Wiedner Mrs. Wiedner

Social Emotional Learning Support Provider(SELSP) for grades 6 – 8

(951) 253-7430 ext 2136


Hello parents and students of David A. Brown Middle School!


What is Social Emotional Learning?

  • Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


Why is Social Emotional Learning Important?

  • Self-Awareness: Youth who are more self-aware tend to exhibit self-confidence and a hopeful sense of the future.
  • Self-Management: The ability to manage oneself and regulate impulses leads to fewer risky behaviors and greater achievement of goals.
  • Social Awareness: The ability to exhibit empathy and identify and rely on available resources in the environment (family, school, and community) increases the likelihood that a child will develop positive relationships.
  • Relationship Skills: Risky behaviors are less likely to occur when youth develop strong relationship skills.
  • Responsible Decision-Making: Ultimately, it is the goal of most parents, educators, and youth-serving professionals to ensure the children in their care are able to develop positive, responsible decision-making skills.


Targeted Behaviors:

  • Ongoing development of the five competencies of social and emotional learning – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making
  • Positive alternatives to many of the maladaptive and self-defeating behavior patterns in which a young person might engage, and the ability to use positive behaviors in many different situations


My Responsibilities:

  • Building relationships and trust with staff, students, and parents
  • Providing the tools and resources that staff, students and parents need to support SEL in the classroom, at home, and in our community


A little about me…I graduated from Cal State San Marcos in 2015 with my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I then attended Azusa Pacific University and graduated with my Master’s Degree in Educational and Clinical Counseling in 2017. I am currently the SEL provider for David A. Brown and in the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Counselor for the state of California. I am committed to helping students, their families, and their communities thrive, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you!