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Mission Statement

The mission of ABC School counseling department is to ensure equitable access to a comprehensive school counseling program that helps all students achieve their fullest potential.  The program helps development of essential academic, career and social/emotional skills to further student success in post-secondary education and the world.

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Back To Basics

During This Unusual Time, Basically, Back to Basics

Hello San Antonito Families,

Please feel free to contact me if you have any academic, social or emotional concerns regarding your child.

My “office hours” are in the right-hand column.

In light of the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we might be inclined to look at what is most important in our lives.   A wise psychologist spoke on the radio about first asking clients what their eating habits are, and are they getting enough rest and exercise before considering if they have a mental health issue.  Going back to that can put a lot of things into a clearer perspective.

As you probably already know, schedule and structure can provide a sense of security and predictability for children.  Once your child’s teacher tells you how the “Continuous Learning Plan” will be implemented, you can create a daily schedule, open to adjustment as needed, for your child.  Scheduling times for exercise, play and healthy snack breaks can help put the “basics” in place.

At this time, you may or may not be given more opportunities to interact with your children.   Giving some undivided attention and letting them lead the conversation or activity while you acknowledge what they are doing and how they may be thinking and feeling, can give your child the heart-connecting experience of feeling fully heard and understood.  That in of itself, can be comforting, reassuring the child they are capable, and together as a family, face these challenges.

Last, all you parents and caregivers, as a reminder, take replenishing breaks throughout your day.  Pacing time spent on the computer and doing simple and regular breaks promotes your, much needed, well-being.

My care and best wishes go out to you,

Melissa J. Wood, LPCC

School Counselor

Hello San Antonito STEM Magnet Families:

I am Melissa Wood, "Miss Melissa," the part-time school counselor. My goal is to promote students staying in the classroom with the optimal frame of mind to learn, cooperate, and be successful. To attain this goal, I will be providing a series of guidance classes in each classroom, facilitating Health and Wellness Team meetings, meeting with students as needed to help with social, emotional, or behavioral issues; and encouraging collaboration between families, the community, and the school to provide the best support we can for the children.

I have been involved with San Antonito Elementary for several years as a parent and am now grateful and excited to be involved as a member of the staff. The San Antonito STEM community, which includes families, has always exemplified striving for the higher ideals of strong morals and excellent work performance. It is an honor to serve as school counselor toward that end. I am also excited to be spending time with so many kind, playful, and bright children.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or simply want to stop by to introduce yourself. My office is across from the Kindergarten classrooms with the large frog on the door. See above for hours. 

As they say, "It takes a village to raise a child." I look forward to meeting you.

Melissa Wood Counselor
COVID19 Office Hours

Days: Mondays and Thursdays

Time: 12:30p.m. - 4:30p.m.

Email me at these times, and I will respond as soon as I can.

When sending me an email at other times, I will respond to the email within  24 hours. 

Emergency & After-Hour Resources

New Mexico Crisis and Access Line


Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

Visit our website for more information.

Peer to Peer Warmline

855-466-7100 to talk with a peer

Call between 3:30p.m. - 11:30pm

Text between 6:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.

City of Albuquerque

Call 311

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