Counselor Welcome

Hello from the School Counselor

My name is McKenzie Ramer 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!

Full-Time School Counselor

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 five days a week, Monday-Friday.

After returning from spring break (4/17) my schedule will be Tuesday-Friday through the end of the school 22/23 year because I am taking a partial leave of absence. Please visit my "Contact Information" page to learn about different ways to get in touch with me. 

My Counseling 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.

Niles is a pbis school - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports


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.

Book on Gender Identity (k-6)

Julian Is A Mermaid