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"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."

-Robert Louis Stevenson

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;

they merely determine where you start."

-Nido Qubein

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
-Norman Vincent Peale

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
-Ronald Reagan

"You change your life by changing your heart."
-Max Lucado

"You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past."

-Richard Bach

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”

-Anatole France

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About the School Counselor


Crystal M. Armijo, MA, NCC, LMHC, Professional School Counselor

I believe that all students have the potential to be successful in school and in life. I strive to ensure our students are well-prepared to become productive citizens with character by introducing them to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will help them practice resilience and overcome all obstacles. I am proud to assist students in improving their academic achievement, fostering their positive personal and social development, and exploring their future career opportunities. My ultimate goal is to empower our students so that they believe in themselves, know how to attain their goals, and possess the abilities and emotional support necessary to accomplish their individual pursuits.

I cannot achieve my goal without the collaboration and support of administration, teachers, staff members, parents/guardians, and community members, and I believe in working closely with all educational stakeholders to guarantee the safety, wellbeing, and achievement of every student. I am passionate about the betterment of the students, and I cannot wait to witness their growth.

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Educational Background

To become a professional school counselor, I attended the University of New Mexico (UNM), where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with my bachelor’s degree in Psychology--and a minor in Criminology--in December 2008. I entered UNM’s Counselor Education Program, accredited by the prestigious Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), in 2009, and I earned my master’s degree in Counselor Education, with a dual concentration in Community Agency Counseling and School Counseling, in May 2012. I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) through the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. I was hired as the school counselor at Barcelona Elementary in July 2012, and I am proud that I spent my first year as a professional at Barcelona.

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Fun Facts

  • I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • I have lived in the South Valley all my life.
  • I attended Armijo Elementary School, Ernie Pyle Middle School, and Rio Grande High School.
  • I graduated as Rio Grande's valedictorian in 2005.
  • Being a professional school counselor is my first official job.
  • I was a volunteer paraprofessional crisis line worker at the Agora Crisis Center for four years during college.
  • I worked as a private tutor in math and literacy for four years.
  • I interned at the State of New Mexico Youth & Family Counseling Program and West Mesa High School as a counselor-in-training.
  • I enjoy reading, writing, using technology, watching movies (all types), listening to music (all types), and spending time with my family.
  • I like mysteries and solving puzzles--basically, using my problem-solving skills!
  • I have a Chihuahua named Snowflake and two parakeets named Serenity and Skye. My former parakeets, Spirit and Daisy, died early this year (2016).
  • My family and I adopted a miniature pinscher named Zena from the animal shelter in April 2015.
  • I always try my best in every effort.
  • I never give up trying to make the world a better place.
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Contact Information:


Crystal M. Armijo, MA, NCC, LMHC

Professional School Counselor

(505) 877-0400 ext. 52009

Ms. Armijo


Master's Graduation

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Snowflake with his pet Chihuahua.

Serenity & Skye

Spirit (blue and white) and Daisy (green and yellow)





Parents and guardians,

Parent teacher conferences around the corner and National PTA offers helpful guides for you to use to gauge your child's progress and ways to talk to your teacher.  Please see the link below. The guides are available in English and Spanish.