New Lobo counselor Guadalupe Armendariz wants you to know she is there for you!
“I feel honored and privileged to be here. It feels very comfortable, staff and students are very welcoming. It has only been one month and I already feel like part of the family,” said Armendariz.
Armendariz graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from University of Texas El Paso (UTEP). Armendariz states that she has 25 years of experience: 15 years of teaching 9-12 graders, health science and biology at San Elizario ISD and also Ysleta ISD 10 years as a counselor. When she was at Bel Air High School (BAHS) she decided to become a counselor because she liked learning and listening to the student’s issues.
“I was helping them [students], but at the same time they were helping me,” said Armendariz once she began counseling.
Chaparral High School (CHS) has four counselors who are all in charge of dealing with the student’s academics and personal problems. However, Ms. Armendariz is not only in charge of dealing with the students from “R” through “Z” last names, she is also the ACT coordinator and the Advanced Placement (AP) coordinator along with Julian Encina, another CHS counselor. Armendariz says that her main job here at Chaparral High School, is to guide the students to success and help them with anything.
About 26 years ago, Armendariz and Encina worked together at San Elizario High School, then she became a counselor for BAHS and lost touch with Encina. After her mother got ill, Armendariz retired to take care of her mother, but then her mother improved. Afterwards, she received a call from Encina asking her if she wanted to work again. The reason Armendariz was called was because former CHS counselor, John Roskosky, resigned.
“So I asked him, ‘How are the kids?’ ” said Armendariz, “and he said, ‘you’re gonna love them.’ ”
Armendariz looks forward to this year. One of her goals for this year is to learn all the New Mexico requirements and guide all her students to be successful. She is impressed with how respectful the students are, and how eager they are to listen to whatever she has to say. She says they know she is here to help guide them through: academic, college, graduation requirements, and personal and social issues.
The CHS staff welcomed Armendariz into the Lobo community in a friendly way and told her, “You’re not in Texas anymore.”
“I love it here at Chaparral, it feels like you’re at home, like I belong here. It feels really good to be a Lobo,” said Armendariz, “please come in anytime you want, I’m always here. I want to make myself available and guide you guys to success,” is what she wants the students to know.