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Counseling Staff
Contact MARGARET CISNEROS  MARGARET CISNEROS (505) 433-1825 Counselor
Contact Juniper Decker  Juniper Decker (505) 265-3711 ex: 26456 Crossroads Counselor
Contact Brenda Jaramillo  Brenda Jaramillo (505) 265-3711 ex: 26018 Counseling Secretary
Contact TAISHA RODRIGUEZ  TAISHA RODRIGUEZ (505) 265-3711 ex: 26107 School Counselor
Contact MAKAYLA VELASQUEZ  MAKAYLA VELASQUEZ (505) 265-3711 ex: 26019 School Registrar
Contact Melissa Zerbst  Melissa Zerbst (505) 265-3711 ex: 26336 College and Career Counselor




  • Margaret Cisneros: 12:00 - 3:00, Mon - Fri

  • Juniper Decker: 10:00 - 12:00, Mon - Fri

  • Taisha Rodriguez: 9:00 - 12:00, Mon - Fri

  • Melissa Zerbst: 10:00 - 12:00, Mon - Fri

Important Information for Seniors! 

Summer School Information: 

  • All classes will be offered online through Ecademy. 
  • Students will register through their school counselor beginning April 20th.
  • Email your counselor or complete the Google Form and we will follow up with you.
  • Summer School Dates: (Students can take 2 classes per term.)

    • Term 1: June 1–19

    • Term 2: June 22–July 13

  • Cost of Classes: $62.50 per course

  • Click here for more information.



VISION – Every APS student will graduate from high school with a personalized and meaningful post-secondary plan, empowered with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to succeed and contribute in a globally competitive world. 

MISSION – Through evidence based comprehensive counseling programs all students will have equitable access and opportunity to ensure they are prepared for post-secondary education and careers in diverse communities. 

A Comprehensive School Counseling Program: 

The APS Professional School Counselors and College and Career Readiness Counselors follow a comprehensive school counseling program for ALL students based on best practice that: 

  • is driven by student data; 
  • is student standard’s based in academic, career and personal/social development; 
  • identifies the knowledge, attitude and skills that all students should acquire for success; 
  • is delivered in a systematic fashion; 
  • ensures equitable access to a rigorous education; and 
  • promotes and enhances the learning process through direct and indirect services. 

Delivery of School Counseling Services 

The Professional School Counselors/College and Career Readiness Counselors deliver services in the following ways: 

Direct Student Services 

Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students to facilitate academic success, college and career readiness, and personal/social development and can include the following: 

  • School counseling core curriculum: This curriculum is delivered through the classrooms, and consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level. 
  • Individual student planning: Counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans. 
  • Responsive services: Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response. 

Indirect Student Services 

Indirect services are interactions with others (families, teachers, administrators, and community agencies) to help support the students in academic, career and personal/social success. 

How to Schedule an Appointment: 

Our goal is to assist students and families in a timely fashion. A parent who wishes to meet with a Professional School Counselor or a College and Career Readiness Counselor may schedule an appointment by calling or e-mailing the counselor. Students can make appointments by completing a counselor appointment request form available in the counseling office.