LAPS Celebrates National School Counseling Week – Los Alamos Reporter



Los Alamos Public Schools is pleased to recognize the 12 school counselors employed in the district, not only during National School Board Week, but every week of the year.

LAPS school counselors are:

  • Kimberly Pulliam, Aspen Elementary School
  • Alyssa Romero, Barranca Mesa Elementary School
  • Michelangelo Lobato, Chamisa Elementary
  • Jennifer Schmierer, Mountain Elementary School
  • Yvette Byers, Pinon Elementary School
  • Michelle Bane, Los Alamos Middle School
  • Emily Gartz, Los Alamos Middle School
  • Cara Michel, Los Alamos Middle School
  • Colby Holland, Topper Freshman Academy
  • Cindy Black, Los Alamos High School
  • Cristin Haake, Los Alamos High School
  • Michelle Harrison, Los Alamos High School

They were recognized for their hard work and dedication to LAPS students and families at the school board meeting on Tuesday night. “We appreciate all you do for our students,” said board chair Melanie Colgan.

School counselors not only offer academic counseling, but also provide social and emotional support, help with resume writing, college applications, interventions and more. This year, counselors used the Second Step program with K-8 students, which was made possible through ESSR funding to support social-emotional learning and recovery from the pandemic.

According to, there are nearly 34,000 employed school counselors in the United States, more than 75% of whom work in education.

National School Counseling Week 2022 (#NSCW22) runs from February 7-11, 2022, to draw public attention to the unique contribution of school counselors within America’s school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students succeed in school and plan for careers. National School Counseling Week is always celebrated the first full week of February.


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