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Debra Chandler (College and Career Readiness Counselor)

The Counseling Department is closed during the summer and Counselors will return in August. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the school at 505-823-2327 and press 0. 

Crisis Support

If you or someone you know are in crisis, please do not hesitate to ask for help. If it is an emergency, please call 911.

If it is not an emergency and during school hours (M-F 7:30am-3:00pm), please come to the office and talk to a staff member to find a Counselor to talk to. If it is after school hours, please call the NM Crisis Line at 855-662-7474 or text the word HOME to 741741.

Debra Chandler

Mrs. Chandler was born and raised in Florida. She moved to California upon graduating from high school and attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources. She also holds a Master's degree in School Counseling from the University of LaVerne. 

Pursing a career in school counseling came from her love of higher education and providing students with guidance in navigating their college opportunities. Prior to moving to Albuquerque, she spent 10 years as an academic advisor and student support specialist at colleges in California and North Dakota. When her husband received orders to Kirtland AFB in 2010, she was hired at La Cueva High School as the first College and Career Readiness Counselor. This position allows her the opportunity to assist high school students with exploring opportunities after high school, including finding the right career/major, exploring and applying to colleges and figuring out how to pay for post-secondary education.

Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and three children, watching them compete in ROTC and sports (especially hockey).