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Professional School Counselors Make a World of Difference!

Contact Us!

K-2nd Grade Counselor: Valerie Santacruz 836-7763 Ext. 59605

3rd-5th Grade Counselor: Sam School  836-7763 Ext. 59676

Counselor: Meghan Theiss,  [M, T, Th, F, 8:45-1:00pm] 836-7763 Ext. 59676

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Confidentiality & Informed Consent

APS School Counselors are required to follow the Ethical Standards for School Counselors.  In addition, State law requires that any suspicion of child abuse or neglect be reported. Furthermore, if a student poses a serious threat to themselves or others, school staff are required to intervene and report to authorities.

Counselors' Corner

What Elementary Students Need:

Children face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally, that have an impact on academic achievement. To help ensure that students overcome barriers to learning and become confident learners, they need the services of a Professional School Counselor.


Some student needs are universal and are present at every APS elementary school. Some needs are school specific, related to the demographics and community issues in that area.  Some student needs are individual, due to their own personal barriers to learning.  All types of needs are addressed in a comprehensive School Counseling Program; prevention and intervention strategies are utilized.

Why Elementary School Counselors?

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners.

By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, Elementary School Counselors can help all children to achieve academic success.

School Counselors understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.  They design, develop, implement and evaluate a comprehensive School Counseling Program. The program is proactive and preventative, developmentally appropriate, and an integral part of the school.

The components of a School Counseling Program are:

  • School Counseling Curriculum
  • Responsive Services
  • Individual Student Planning
  • System Support

Elementary School Counselors:

  • Hold a Master’s degree and state certification in School Counseling.
  • Follow the American School Counseling National Standards in the academic, career, and personal/social domains.
  • Work as a team with the school staff, parents and community to create a safe, caring environment and reduce barriers to learning.

Community Resources

We recognize that basic human needs must first be met for your child to be successful at school.  Feel free to contact your School Counselor for information and resource referrals if necessary.

Delivery Methods

Elementary School Counselors provide a comprehensive School Counseling Program addressing academic, personal/social, and career development. The School Counseling Program is designed to meet the needs of ALL students.  The primary focus is to reduce barriers to learning.  Students may be referred for services by a staff member, family member, peer, and/or self-referral.

  • Classroom lessons are provided throughout the school year, on various issues including; test-taking, problem solving, decision making, relationship issues, conflict resolution, bullying, etc.
  • Small group counseling sessions are offered throughout the school year.  Parents are notified when their children are selected to participate. Typical topics may include: family issues such as separation and divorce, grief and loss, study skills, friendship or relationship issues, etc.
  • School Counselors meet with individual students on a short term basis when necessary. These sessions can be for planning academically or of a personal/social nature.

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What we give to the children,

they will give to the world.

Hotline #'s

Agora 277-3013 (24-hour crisis hotline)

Dom. Violence Shelter/S.A.F.E. House 247-4219

Albuquerque Rape Crisis Center 266-7711 (24 hour crisis hotline)

NM Crisis Line 1-855-662-7474

Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

A.P.D. Non-Emergency 242-COPS (2677)