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Counseling Office Hours

With the exception of July 3, 2024, a counselor will be available each Wednesday from 9 to 2 to assist students with scheduling concerns for the 2024-25 school year. It is highly recommended that you sign up using the link below. If you walk in, please know that students with appointments will be seen first. 

Mr. Vopalka, the College and Career Counselor, will be available on June 10th and July 17th to assist students with CNM and UNM dual enrollment.   You can drop in to see him in the counseling office these days.   

07/10/24 Scheduling Assistance

07/17/24 Scheduling Assistance

07/24/24 Scheduling Assistance

Monday - Friday 8:40 AM-3:40 PM
Counseling Department

Contacting your SHS Counseling Team

Parents: If you need to contact your student’s counselor, please contact us by email listed below.

Students : No appointment is needed during a crisis situation. If you are worried about your safety or the safety of a peer, please see your counselor right away.

SHS Counseling Secretary Mrs. Regina Judah @

Counselor Contacts

Counselors are only available during school days and school hours 7:25 AM-2:25 PM.

Name Contact Information

Counseling Secretary

Regina Judah


Ext. 30012


Linda Cage


Ext. 30015


Candy Kuhlman


Ext. 30019


Jamie Anderson


Ext. 30055


Roberta Leyba


Ext. 30017


Susan Hewatt


Ext. 30204

College and Career

Charles Vopalka


Ext. 30011


Samantha Ashby


Ext. 30026


The social workers listed below assist students as assigned by their IEP.

Name Contact Information

Social Worker

Rachel Bowen



Ext. 30157

Social Worker

Shirley Gallegos



Ext. 30180

Social Worker

Jess Jespersen Chavez



Ext. 30184



If you or someone you are concerned about are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please dial 911.

f you have a non-life-threatening but urgent mental health concern, please contact your private Mental Health provider, contact the NM Crisis line toll-free anytime 24/7/365 at 1-855-NMCRISIS (662-7474), or seek support with local mental health community providers.

Most agencies have virtual therapy available, just ask. Our Sandia High School Counseling staff are available during school operating hours to assist with accessing resources as you seek help.

Remind Messages

Our text messaging system for 11th and 12th grade students, parents, and educators.

Sign up by texting 81010 to the code listed below by Graduation Year and Last Name to receive important reminders and updates on:

college, financial aid, scholarships, career-related events, and more!

Class 2024

  • A-C code: @shsa-c
  • D- H code: @shsd-h
  • I-Mc code:@shsi-mc
  • Md-R code: @shsmd-r
  • S-Z code: @shss-z

Class 2025

  • A-C code: @25a-c
  • D-H code: @25d-h
  • I-Mc code: @25i-mc
  • Md-R code: @25md-r
  • S-Z code: @25s-z 

SHS Counseling Department Mission:

To equip students with specific knowledge, skills, and guidance to help them set and achieve their academic, career, and personal goals.


Information discussed with the counselor is private unless the information needs to be shared to prevent danger to the student or others. If information needs to be shared, the counselor will make every effort to let you know of the appropriate source (s) that need to be contacted. This may be a parent/guardian, administrative personnel, protective services, or law enforcement. Other shared information includes court subpoenas and communication with other professionals to better support you. Our primary responsibility is to our students, but we also acknowledge parents rights to be informed.