Guidance and Counseling

A picture of a brunette woman Name: Julie Christensen

Title : Lead Guidance Counselor

Job Description: In charge of Student Scheduling, Testing, Teacher Class Scheduling, and Credit / Graduation Requirement Data


Bio:I graduated from Farmington High School, then attended NMSU, where I received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology. I then attended UNM and received an Elementary Teaching Certification. I taught for eight years at the elementary level. I graduated with a Masters Degree in School Counseling in May 2018. I began working at Rocinante High School as the Guidance Counselor in August 2018.



Brandi Reynolds - Guidance Secretary, Dual Credit Representative


Name: Brandi Reynolds 

Title : Guidance Secretary, Dual Credit Representative

Job Description: Hi Friends! I am Brandi Reynolds, the Guidance Office secretary as well as Rocinante's Dual Credit Representative.

Bio: I love working here getting to know our students and helping them with whatever needs may rise. Pleased to meet you! I can be reached at or on the Remind app at

Picture of a Native American Woman

Name: Penny Nakai

Title: JOM Counselor

Job Description:  I provide transitional support for Secondary Native American students.


Phone:  (505) 599 - 8627 ext. 2711

Bio: Hello, my name is Mrs. Nakai. I was formerly a special education teacher at Apache Elementary before taking my position as a Native American Youth Advisor here at Rocinante high school. I love my job which allows me to provide social, emotional, cultural identity support and transitional support services presensentations to the Native American students student body. I target three areas which include attendance, academic support and cultural enrichment services. I love to help, share and most of all listen to our students. 


Cheryl Smiley


Name: Cheryl Smiley

Title: School Social Worker

Job Description:  I provide Social-Emotional Support for students, and I have the knowledge of community resources for them.


Phone:  (505) 599 - 8627 ext. 2722

Bio: Hello, I have been a social worker for 12 years and this is my 1st year at Rocinante.  The staff and students are a great team and I am amazed at the different learning opportunities here at Rocinante High School.  I graduated with a BSW & MSW at New Mexico Highlands University.   I live in Farmington and enjoy being with my family, reading, & taking walks.