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Martha Glenn

Position: Counselor
School: Mitchell Elementary School
School District: Albuquerque Public Schools
City, State: Albuquerque, NM

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Martha Glenn was nominated by her colleague, Dana Hanisee.

Ms. Glenn is a shining example of the qualities that make up an excellent counselor in a large, urban area of New Mexico. She has gone above and beyond her duties in many areas.

"Without the need for recognition, she has taken on many challenges to meet the needs of the students and families of our small school. We are so fortunate to have her as a counselor," said Hanisee.

The specifics of her duties will shed light on how she brightens the campus. Ms. Glenn heads up  the school "Health and Wellness " team each week, leading staff and families in discussion and problem-solving steps to begin supporting students' complex and multifaceted mental health needs. She teaches and oversees the school-wide implementation of the international program, Roots of Empathy, with the goal of providing research-based classroom experiences that promote empathy and emotional literacy. She is the counselor, who, upon hearing of a child’s death in Albuquerque due to child abuse, decided to research and ultimately implement a child safety curriculum adopted district-wide. Ms. Glenn is an integral member of a group of remarkable professionals who supportively respond to crisis events within all schools in her community. Additionally, she has volunteered as a therapeutic group leader for many years at the Children’s Grief center-an organization devoted to supporting children and their families after the loss of a loved one.

Ms. Glenn's warmth and incredible ability to open her heart to “be” with students, their families, and even staff members, is at the core of "who" she is. She is uniquely able to hear people, join them in their suffering, and support them in finding their path. She does not shy away from conflict, but enters it with the goal of seeking understanding and the sometimes hidden, common vision. Her office door and heart are always open.

"It is rare to find a person who embodies such character and clarity in today’s world. We have been blessed to share our school’s mission with Marty," said Hanisee.