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Griego, Kellie
Huerta, Loretta
Irish, Katherine


Counselor's Corner



My name is Katherine Irish and I am the new counselor at Reginald Chavez Elementary. I am thrilled to be a member of this exceptional staff. Due to construction, I am currently located in the library Monday – Friday.  As your school counselor, I am here to offer material and emotional supports that will encourage your child to enjoy and be successful in school.  I look forward to working with you throughout the year and hope that you will contact or visit me with any needs or concerns.


Your child will attend counseling classes every other week. We will learn about feelings, techniques to help focus, how to make friends, and how to resolve conflicts. We will talk about identification and resolution of bullying behaviors. I will also meet with students in small groups and individually. Health and Wellness meetings are held weekly to address individual student needs.  I believe in the value of positive supports.


Attendance is very important. If your child is not in school, he or she will fall behind and it will become very difficult to catch up. Poor attendance creates life long problems for individuals that can be easily prevented. We are here to help.


As to my background, I earned a Masters in Art Therapy in 1979 and a Masters in Counseling in 1997. I have worked as an APS school counselor for 9 years and have over 20 years experience working as a counselor in New Mexico in private practice, treatment foster care, etc. An area that interests me a great deal is how the brain develops and hope to share some of the latest information with you.


I look forward to working with you!



Mrs. Katherine Irish