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Posted: February 1, 2021

Thank You, APS Counselors!

National School Counseling Week is Feb. 1-5.

Mom and daughter counselors: Cheryl Ochoa of Desert Ridge Middle School and Rosanne Villareal of Nex+Gen Academy

Mom and daughter counselors: Cheryl Ochoa of Desert Ridge Middle School and Rosanne Villareal of Nex+Gen Academy

Albuquerque Public Schools celebrates National School Counseling Week by recognizing the 240 school counselors who work tirelessly every day to enhance the lives of students.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week in February. 

“We are celebrating our counselors this week, but we appreciate them every day. They do so much for our students, and that responsibility has compounded during the pandemic. They are an incredible group of professionals who definitely deserve a pat on the back, even if it's virtual this year," said APS Interim Superintendent Scott Elder.

"APS counselors guide their students toward academic achievement, social/emotional growth, and career and college planning. They work with students, families, staff, and the community to create a culture where all students can realize their potential. During this pandemic, our counselors continue to connect with students and support their emotional wellbeing,” said Vicki Price, Senior Director of Counseling for APS.

Counselors meet one-on-one with students, teach classroom lessons, host college and career activities and engage parents. They 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.

Tips for Connecting with Your Child’s School Counselor

From the American School Counselor Association

  • Understand the expertise and responsibilities of your child’s school counselor. School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career, and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers, and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities, and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need but to all students.
  • Meet or contact your child’s school counselor at least three times per school year. By communicating with one another at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year, parents and counselors can have a definite impact on a child’s success.
  • Discuss your child’s challenges and concerns with the school counselor. As a parent, you know your child best. However, the school counselor can help you better understand your child as a student. It’s important to encourage your child’s expression of needs, hopes, and frustrations. School counselors are trained to help your children. 
  • Learn about your child’s school and social connections from the school counselor. When you need information or assistance, your child’s school counselor can help you get in touch with the appropriate school officials; learn about school policies on behavior, attendance, and dress; know the school calendar of important dates and stay connected with the school in many other ways. The school counselor can also help you locate resources in the community when you need them.
  • Work with the school counselor to identify resources and find solutions to problems. If your child is having a problem at school, it is important to work with your child’s school counselor to find solutions. Discuss resources available within and outside of the school, and get information on how such programs can benefit your child. Your school counselor can be a valuable partner in your child’s education and preparation for life beyond school.
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