Hello Polk Middle School Students & Families,
My name is Ms. Martinez and I am the school counselor for the 2023/2024 school year. I received my Master of Arts in School Guidance & Counseling in 2019 from New Mexico Highlands University and my Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing in 2016 from the University of New Mexico. This will be my 4th year as an APS counselor and I absolutely love my job because I am able to meet and work with such amazing teachers, staff, students and families.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, either by phone or email. I am looking forward to a great and successful school year!
Sincerely, Ms. Martinez
- Ms. Martinez
Phone: (505) 877-6444 (ext. 51106)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday (9:15 A.M. - 4:15 P.M.)
Based on the level of urgency, Ms. Martinez will call the student(s) out of class to meet with her in her office.
The Counseling Program is focused on helping all students achieve success in their academic work, social development and personal growth. We believe that every student has potential and within a safe, supportive school environment, can be empowered to make good choices and be a positive & productive member of the community.
About The Program
Guidance and counseling services are provided by a licensed mental health professional. Students, parents, teachers, and staff may consult with the counselor on a confidential basis.
Students may talk with the counselor to discuss any academic, personal, emotional, or social issues by scheduling an appointment through Ms. Martinez's Google Form (located under 'Student Appointments' or in the Counseling Google Classroom). Parents/guardians may schedule an appointment by calling or emailing Ms. Martinez directly.
All students will need an appointment to speak with Ms. Martinez unless it is an emergency.
- Individual counseling sessions with students utilizing a brief, solution-focused approach.
- Small group counseling.
- Classroom guidance lessons.
- Referrals to outside counseling providers and community agencies.
- Academic advisement.
- Staff and parent consultation/collaboration.
School counselors recognize their primary obligation regarding confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA, 2016).
All issues discussed with the counselor will remain confidential, with the following exceptions:
- The student reports current or future self harm or harm to others.
- The student reports abuse or neglect.
- The student gives the counselor permission to disclose confidential information.
- In Spanish: 1-888-628-9454
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Crisis Hotlines & Resources
- NM Crisis & Access Line
- Agora Crisis Center
- Crisis TEXT line
- NM Rape Crisis Center
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
- The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+)
- Eating Disorders Treatment Center of ABQ
- Substance Abuse Helpline
- Grief Center of New Mexico
- CYFD Child Abuse & Neglect
- UNM Youth Clinic
- APS/UNM School Based Health Centers