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Counseling Department

The Santa Susana High School Counseling Department is an integral and vital component in the development of the academic and personal goals of all students. Our program provides student-centered advising designed to develop and enhance the academic, social, career, and personal strengths for all students. We work with parents, teachers and staff to advocate for high academic achievement and appropriate social development for each student so that they develop the skills necessary to become well-adjusted, productive adults of tomorrow. Additionally, we strives to work with students, parents and other staff to facilitate transitions throughout the high school years. We encourage students to be independent, to effectively communicate their needs, and make decisions that will prepare them to be productive and successful in their chosen academic and career paths.  

Meet Our Counseling Staff

Students at Santa Susana High School are assigned to their counselor based on the first letter of their last name for all grades 9 through 12.


Ms. Devyn Thompson, Counselor  (A-F) devyn.thompson@simivalleyusd.org

Mrs. Lisa Hotz, Counselor (G-N) lisa.hotz@simivalleyusd.org

Ms. Kelsey McMahon, Counselor (O-Z) kelsey.mcmahon@simivalleyusd.org


Mrs. Jennifer Wigdor, College & Career Coordinator jennifer.wigdor@simivalleyusd.org

Mrs. Sue Petralia, Counseling Secretary susan.petralia@simivalleyusd.org


Counseling Office Hours

The Counseling office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and closed daily from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM for lunch

The Counseling Office is also CLOSED during the school year on most days when school is NOT in session.


Counselors are available to students on a walk-in basis during:

  • ACE
  • Lunch 
  • After School

If your counselor is unavailable when you drop in, students may fill out a red form in the counseling office or email their counselor to set up an appointment.




Required for all PSAT, SAT, and AP Exams

Ms. Devyn Thompson

Last Names A-F

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Mrs. Lisa Hotz
Last Names G-N

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Ms. Kelsey McMahon

Last Names O-Z

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Alumni Transcripts

 Contact:  Mrs. Gloria Banks

SSHS Registrar