Meet our Counseling Staff

counselors

Clifford Smith

Student Alpha: A-C

Contact: clifford.smith@desertsands.us

This is my 35th year in education, 25 years as a counselor. I also have experience as an Assistant Principal, Athletic Director, high school coach for a variety of sports, and Activities Director as well as teaching Physical Education and Social Studies courses. It has been my pleasure to serve as a staff member at Shadow Hills High School since our opening in August of 2009. We have established strong academic, athletic, and activity programs here at SHHS, and my philosophy is that physically, mentally and emotionally healthy students are well balanced, successful, and well prepared for post high school options.

Griselda Munoz - Counselor

Griselda Munoz

Student Alpha: D-Le

Contact: griselda.munoz@desertsands.us

I received my bachelors from CSUSB and my Masters/PPS from National University. I am the first in my family to graduate high and obtain 2 college degrees. I have also worked at the elementary and middle school level. I truly enjoy my job and sharing my knowledge with students and parents. I believe that all students have potential to be great and to do great things. It's just a matter of finding how to draw that potential out. I am a fan of cats, Disney, and the Cure.


Glenda Morden

Student Alpha: Li-Ra

Contact: glenda.morden@desertsands.us

I am proud to be a local who grew up in the valley and attended Desert Sands Unified elementary, middle and high schools. I came back to the beautiful desert after getting my degrees and playing NCAA softball at UC Riverside. This is my 30th year in education starting out as a middle school English and Social Studies teacher for the first 6 years and the last 24 years have been spent as a counselor. I coached numerous sports in the district over 19 years and served 16 years of my coaching tenure at another district high school as the head Varsity softball coach. I love Shadow Hills High School and my own children have attended school here.

Manuel Ramirez

Student Alpha: Re-Z

Contact: manuel.ramirez@desertsands.us

I grew up in the Coachella Valley and graduated from Cathedral City High School. I received my B.A. in History from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I received my Masters/PPS credential from the University of Redlands.I am a former teacher and got my start at Indio Middle School where I taught Social Studies and AVID for the last 7 years. I am very excited to be a part of Shadow Hills High School family and looking forward to supporting all of our students.

Lou Sexson

Student Alpha: Behavior Intervention Center Specialist / SpEd

Contact: lou.sexson@desertsands.us

Mrs. Sexson comes to SHHS this year as a new high school counselor, but not new to counseling. She began her career as a teacher and moved from teaching to counseling at the elementary level for many years. For the last fifteen years Mrs. Sexson worked in middle schools, and is currently enjoying the adventure of learning everything she can so that she can do her best for the students of SHHS. If you were to ask Mrs. Sexson what she likes about being a counselor, she would tell you that she loves being around kids of all ages. She thinks that they are wonderful and that each one of them has something important to do. Mrs. Sexson holds the following degrees: B.A. Interpersonal Communications, M.A. Marriage, Family, Child Therapy, M.A. School Counseling, Multiple-Subject Credential, Pupil Personnel Services Credential, Administrative Credential

office specialists

Adam Sambrano - Career Guidance Specialist

Career Guidance Specialist: Adam Sambrano

Guidance, assistance and support to students, parents, counselors and staff members in relation to education/career planning and school to career options, SAT/ACT support, FAFSA support, Scholarship Portfolios and Interviews, distribution of scholarship monies, senior surveys, College/Career Guest Speaker Series, College/Career Day, Military contacts and Testing Support

Contact: adam.sambrano@desertsands.us

Registrar: Pamela Gutierrez

All records and transcripts, grade changes

Contact: pamela.gutierrez@desertsands.us

Data Specialist: Vanessa Perales

All student data and information, grading and marking periods

Contact: vanessa.perales@desertsands.us

Monica Guiza - Counseling Office Specialist

Counseling Office Specialist: Monica Guiza

Reception, student enrollment and withdrawal, Career Center support

Contact: monica.guiza@desertsands.us