Counselor/Student Advisor at Westwood High School
Phone: (480) 472-4427
Hesci Estonko…Hello, How are you. I am a member of the Mvskoke Creek Nation of the Itchualgi (Deer Clan) and Fusualgi (Bird Clan). I am delighted to serve as an advisor/counselor for Westwood High School. For the past three years I served as the co-coordinator of the Native American program (SHIELD) at Westwood. I am pleased to share that the students have increased in academics, graduation rate, and attendance. Thanks to a wonderful team of caring individuals.
Beginning in July, 2017, I will serve all students at Westwood high school as a student advisor. Senior Student last names beginning with "M through O" will report to me. I will also have Freshman students who last names begin with "M through Z". I am looking forward to the change and accept the challenge. I will again be surrounded by individuals who put students first and strive to make their experience at Westwood enjoyable and successful.
The Creator has blessed and placed me in service oriented professions. After 23 years of service in law enforcement, I retired from the Mesa Police Department. I pursued a teaching profession and after receiving my post-Bacc in Education, I began my new profession at Desert Eagle High School on the Salt River Indian Community. The following year I was hired by Mesa Public Schools and worked the next twelve years at Mesa Jr. High and Dobson High School. I’ve taught American Government, U.S. History, Literature-Native American Studies, World History, American Studies ELP, Geography, Criminology, and AAPE.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a second bachelors degree in education from the University of Phoenix. Having a strong desire to work as a counselor, I pursued and completed a Master’s in Counseling from Grand Canyon University.
I am a graduate of Mesa High School. My wife is a graduate of cross-town rival Westwood High School. My lovely wife and I recently celebrated our 41st anniversary. We are the proud parents to four wonderful children (all Mesa High graduates) and six beautiful grandchildren with one on his way to join our family.
I have coached sports for 44 years spending the last 25 years coaching high school softball. In 2011, I was hired by Mesa Community College as the head softball coach where I remained until my hire at Westwood. In 2015 I was offered the head softball coach position at Westwood. I surrounded myself with an excellent coaching staff and we focused in building a strong foundation for future athletes. Our success was immediate. We finished this past season with a 22-12 record, 7-3 in region, and were state qualifiers for the first time in 25 years. We finished with the best defense (.946% FP) in the east valley region, and hit 43 home runs on the season which, at one point of the season, ranked the team 5th in the nation in home runs.
I love the students and the athletes I have come to know over the years. I am looking forward to meeting new students and helping them find success at Westwood.
“Hold on to what is good, even if it’s a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it’s a tree that stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it’s a long way from here. Hold on to your life, even if it’s easier to let go. Hold on to my hand, even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.”
Hvtvm Cehecares...Until we meet again.
"Proud to be a Warrior"