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Santa Fe Indian School

Student Wellness Department

Meet our Counselors

COUNSELING STAFF

Milton Sanchez, LMSW (Santo Domingo Pueblo) is a Clinical Counselor at Santa Fe Indian School. His favorite part about working at Santa Fe Indian School is empowering Native students to influence change and increase hope for the future.  His favorite thing about working with teens is getting to know them by listening to their stories, supporting them, and believing in them. His personal interests include the brain, weightlifting, and mindful awareness. He maintains his wellness by spending time with family and friends, enjoying nourishing food, and reading. 

 Amber Tenorio, LMFT, Laguna Pueblo, Hopi/Tewa, Creek, Clinical Counselor. I love working at Santa Fe Indian School because Santa Fe Indian School is like my second home. I graduated from SFIS in 1996 and I have many fond memories of staff and friends I made while I was a student at SFIS. I could not be happier to now be working as a counselor at the school. I love helping our students and making connections from all our pueblo communities and other tribal nations. While I was a student at SFIS I participated in Track & Field and Cross Country and I have continued the practice of running to this day. I am a mother of six and am usually very busy taking care of my children, however I do make time for my favorite hobbies which include running, walking, hiking, cooking, hunting and spending time with family and friends.

 

Fatehpal Khalsa, LMHC, Clinical Counselor for Santa Fe Indian School. Her favorite part of working for Santa Fe Indian School is being a part of a team that embodies and reflects the school community's Core Values. Her favorite thing about working with teens is the tenacious and innovative spirit they bring to everything they do. They aren't just the leaders of tomorrow; they are the leaders of today! A self-described lifelong learner, some of her personal interests include writing, film & media and getting out in nature.  Her go to's for maintaining wellness are journaling, morning mindfulness and slowing down to enjoy the simple pleasures such as cooking with her family. 

 

Angelica “Angie” Restrepo, LMHC, ATR, is a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist in the Santa Fe Indian School Wellness Department.  She is first-generation Colombian American and has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2014.  Angie’s favorite part of working at the Santa Fe Indian School is how the entire school community is invested in the success and well-being of the students. This creates a shared feeling of unity and family.  Her favorite thing about working with adolescents is watching how their curiosity, heart, and open-mindedness helps them navigate through the complexities of their world and leads them towards empowerment and self-discovery.  Angie enjoys working closely with teens because they are dynamic, passionate, and genuinely want to improve their own lives and the lives of others around them.  Some of Angie’s other interests include being outdoors, music, and equine therapy.  She maintains her own wellness by making time for watching sunsets, doing creative projects, and spending time with people she loves and admires. 

 

Hello!  My name is MorningStar Garcia, LCSW (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians/Ohkay Owingeh).  I am a Clinical Counselor at Santa Fe Indian School.  I love being part of the SFIS family and being able to incorporate culture/traditions into counseling.  My favorite thing about working with teens is their ability to think outside of the box.  Teens are so resilient and creative.  I enjoy spending time with my family, going on road trips with my daughters and going to concerts.

Hailee Strassner, LPCC is a Clinical Counselor for the SFIS Counseling Center.  Her favorite part of working at Santa Fe Indian School is providing support to the students who are so inspiring in their creativity, strength and desire to grow.  Hailee loves plants, animals, art, traveling and learning new things.  Her favorite self-care practices are gardening, art-making, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Myron Burger- L.S.A.A. (Drug and Alcohol Counselor) Shuswap Nation, Williams Lake Indian Band, British Columbia Canada. I am a veteran of Persian Gulf war, served in the United States Navy submarine fleet, stationed out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I have over thirty years of sobriety.

Working at SFIS has been a great honor and joy. I have not raised any children of my own, so working with them lets me have that space as an adult to encourage their development and watch them discover new things. To help them open new doors of possibilities. The resilience of our youth is empowering and beautiful to see as they navigate living in “Two Worlds”. For my wellness I like to eat a healthy diet, go out for hikes, meditate, and sleep well. Love and cherish in participation of cultural activities such as sweats, sun dances, dancing at powwows, picking berries, medicines, and dip netting for salmon.

May the creator bless you and bring you peace, love and happiness.

“Be the change, Be the difference, Be you”

KenKeknem (Black Bear)