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Counseling Staff
  Margaret Cisneros (505) 433-1825 Counselor
  Juniper Decker (505) 265-3711 ex: 26112 Crossroads Counselor
  Bryan Gabaldon Staff
  Brenda Jaramillo (505) 265-3711 ex: 26018 Data Processor
  Shawna Kibuta Staff
  Taisha Rodriguez (505) 265-3711 ex: 26107 School Counselor
  Melissa Zerbst (505) 265-3711 ex: 26336 College and Career Counselor




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If you need to talk to someone about your mental health or you are in crisis after school, on breaks, or during school breaks, there is always someone available by calling 988 from any phone. 


Student Last Names Counselor Email Phone Number
A-D Taisha Rodriguez

(505) 265-3711 Ext. 26107

E-Lo Shawna Kibuta

(505) 265-3711 Ext. 26057

Lu-Q Margaret Cisneros

(505) 265-3711 Ext. 26051

R-Z Bryan Gabaldon (505) 265-3711 Ext. 26060


College & Career Counselor

Melissa Zerbst

(505) 265-3711 Ext. 26336

Crossroads Counselor Juniper Decker

(505) 265-3711 Ext. 26456



Tutoring Opportunities: 

  • Highland offers various tutoring opportunities through: Upward Bound, ENLACE, Boys & Girls Club, and ATF Homework Hotline.




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 scanning the QR code posted in various locations throughout the school, including in the counselor's office. You can also click the buttons at the top of the page!