About Our Counselor

Alabanza Alabanza with Kids

Meet our NHE School Counselor

Hello Hawks,

I am Mrs. Alabanza-de la Cruz and my pronouns are she, her and hers. Thank you so much for coming to our Counseling Corner.

As your School Counselor, I believe that all children have the potential and skills to achieve great things and become great contributors to our community. I am committed to providing to all our students the skills, knowledge and exposure of what it is to be a human being of character. My goal is for all our students to make “Helpful” Choices and not a “Hurtful” choice. My counseling philosophy is too:

  • Inspire lifelong learners
  • Create an encouraging and safe learning community
  • Encourage open communication
  • Instill high expectations
  • Support and establish consistent school-wide procedures
  • Cheer on individual learners
  • Support and guide our students to be collaborative workers and problem solvers

I have a B.A. degree in Psychology with a Minor in Child Development from San Diego State University and Masters in Education, with Emphasis in Counseling and Guidance along with a Pupil Personnel Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University.

enjoy learning, laughing and I look forward to each day, with all the students at NHE and providing them with counseling support services in the areas of personal/social, academic and career development. Outside of NHE, love spending time with my family. I am the eldest of three children, being a wife and mother to her two children; Miles who will be 16 years old in December 2024 and Mia who will turn 13 years old in November 2024.

Thank you so much for visiting our NHE Counseling Corner. Please visit my Newsletter, "Home & School Connection", monthly and stay connected with my daily/weekly Class Dojo and Instagram @nhe.schoolcounselor.alabanza

My Vision/Mission:


Normal Heights Elementary School Counseling Program Vision

The vision of my NHE school counseling program is that all students will graduate 21st-century ready. They will be equipped with the highest level of social/emotional, academic, and college/career skills to reach their highest potential and sustain personal growth. Our resilient and empowered NHE Hawks will advocate for a society that values compassion, diversity, and positive change in an ever-transforming world.

Normal Heights Elementary School Counseling Program Mission

The mission of my NHE school Counseling Program is for all students to have equitable access to a data-driven multi-tier, multi-domain school counseling program designed to support each student in reaching their social/emotional, academic, and college/career potential. I advocate for equity, access, and success for every student through core-curriculum, small groups, individual counseling, and school-wide activities. In collaboration with the community, teachers, school staff, parents, and stakeholders, all students will develop the foundational skills to foster a safe learning environment, build resiliency, and empower them to become caring contributing members of our community.

NHE School Counselor's Belief Statements

  • I believe that all students should have access to a comprehensive school counseling program that is data-driven by a professional school counselor to meet the needs of every student

  • I believe all students can reach their full social-emotional, college/career, and academic potential

  • I believe that all students regardless of their beliefs, ethnicity, race, gender identity, and special needs should have equitable access to a 21st-century education

  • I believe that collaboration with the community, parents, school staff, and other valuable stakeholders is pivotal in the success of all students

  • I believe that all students can develop the core values of compassion, respect, kindness and the 3 Es: equality, empathy & empowerment

  • As your School Counselors I will advocate for all students.

Please feel free to contact me by:


Phone: 619 584-6000 ext. 3055

Email: [email protected]  

Click here to calendar in to meet with me via phone call or Zoom

Counselor with Daughter Counselor and Son
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