LAPS Celebrates National School Counseling Week


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

LAPS School Counselors are:

  • Kimberly Pulliam, Aspen Elementary
  • Alyssa Romero, Barranca Mesa Elementary
  • Michaelangelo Lobato, Chamisa Elementary
  • Jennifer Schmierer, Mountain Elementary
  • Yvette Byers, Pinon Elementary
  • 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 during the School Board meeting Tuesday night. “We appreciate everything that you do for our students,” said Board President Melanie Colgan. 

School counselors not only offer guidance academically, but also provide social and emotional supports, assistance with resume writing, college applications, interventions and more. This year counselors have been using the Second Step curriculum with students in grades K-8 which was possible due to ESSR funding to support social emotional learning and recovery from the pandemic. 

According to, there are almost 34,000 school counselors employed in the United States, with over 75% working in education. 

National School Counseling Week 2022 (#NSCW22) is Feb. 7-11, 2022, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, 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.