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Rita Baharian, Director

Rita Baharian, Director                   

1350 M Street, Building C
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-457-6058
Fax: 559-457-3378 
Email: rita.baharian@fresnounified.org

What is the Climate and Culture office?

Using a Safe and Civil Schools approach, the Climate and Culture 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

Climate and Culture’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

Climate and Culture’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.

RegionClimate & Culture StaffPhoneEmail
BullardTracey Havens457-3345Tracey.Havens@fresnounifed.org
EdisonMindy Ekelsen457-7400Mindy.Eskelsen@fresnounified.org
FresnoDan Thomson457-3355Daniel.Thomson@fresnounified.org
McLane (McLane, Scan, Birney, Ericson, Ewing, Turner Norseman)Marialuisa Rodriguez457-6087Marialuisa.Rodriguez@fresnounified.org
McLane (Duncan, Yosemite, Hidalgo, Wishon, Leavenworth, Mayfair, Rowell) Amy Hardcastle457-7411Amy.Hardcastle@fresnounified.org
RooseveltMariana Hosoda457-7474Mariana.Hosoda@fresnounified.org
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