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Posted February 4, 2013

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APS Celebrates National School Counseling Week

APS recognizes over 200 counselors who provide curriculum and classroom support, career and college readiness and a myriad of prevention and intervention strategies for students.

Albuquerque Public Schools celebrates National School Counseling Week this week, Feb. 4-8, recognizing the more than 200 counselors in its elementary, middle and high schools who work tirelessly every day to enhance the lives of students.

“Our hats are off to the professional school counselors in APS who do so much for our communities, schools and our students,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “This week, we say thanks to those who help our kids realize their potential.”

APS counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths and talents, both academically and emotionally, in partnership with parents, teachers and community members, said Leslie Kelly, director of Counseling and Prevention for APS.

“School counselors work with students to remove barriers to learning by addressing academic concerns, teaching and modeling personal/social skills and exploring college and career readiness goals and aspirations,” Kelly said. “They meet one-on-one with students, teach classroom lessons, host college and career activities and engage parents. They coach students to write their Next Step Plans, oversee course planning and provide a safe space to help students navigate the difficult social aspects of being a young person.”

Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master’s degree in counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

The APS Counseling Services webpage provides more information and links to information on a variety of services provided by school counselors including academic development, scholarships and financial aid, personal and social development, career development and school-wide curriculum.

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