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Counseling at Bandelier

Hello Students, Parents, and Staff,

My goal as Bandelier’s School Counselor is to promote the well-being of students, their families, and the community. I have a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling with an emphasis in School Counseling. I am delighted to be a part of Bandelier’s school community and look forward to working with and getting to know all of the wonderful students, parents, and staff who are working together in creating a positive and supportive school climate.

According to ASCA (American School Counselor Association), professional school counselors are certified/licensed educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school counseling and are uniquely qualified to address the developmental needs of all students through a data-driven, comprehensive school counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary schools and serve a vital role in maximizing student success.

What That Means in Our School

The School Counselor at Bandelier Elementary is:

  • Proactive in helping ensure that each student at Bandelier receives counseling support to achieve academic and social success.
  • Advocates for tolerance and equity in the opportunity for education for all students.
  • Educators: Teaching children positive socio-emotional skills.
  • Teachers: Promoting the development of executive functioning abilities so that students can actively participate in their own academic and social success.
  • Listeners: We meet confidentially with students, teachers, and parents.
  • Contacts for parents needing additional support with community resources.
  • A part of the APS Health and Wellness Team is designed for students who need extra support to be more successful.

What is Offered

Individual/responsive counseling (1-3 sessions)

  • "Therapy" is not provided. 
  • Individual counseling is offered on a short-term basis (usually 1-3 sessions). If a student needs additional support, the counselor may provide families with a referral list for community resources.

Small group counseling

  • Groups will focus on enhancing executive functioning skills, improving "expected" behavior skills, study skills, motivation, attendance, and prosocial skills.

Classroom Guidance Lessons

  • Age-appropriate lessons are provided in every class, K-5. Lessons may include personal safety, prosocial skills, conflict management, growth mindset/resiliency, mindfulness/self-awareness, anti-bullying education, transition to middle school, and other applicable topics in the following categories: 
  • Academic Development
  • Personal/Social Development
  • Career Development

Consultation and partnership with parents and staff.

Any student and/or parent is welcome to come by the counseling room for a visit. Students, parents, or guardians may request a referral to on-site, contracted, therapeutic counseling services or therapeutic, counseling services within the community. 


Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Erin Day-Chesley, MA, LPSC, (505) 255-8744, ext. 27417, 

Mission Statement

By empowering students to Achieve educational and personal success through Nurturing life-long learning, planning, and Development of skills in an  Environment where we help students feel Loved and respected by all Increasing and Encouraging responsibility and Respectful relationships at school and in their communities.