From the Counselor - Ms. Lopez MA Ed

  • IMAGE: Michelle Lopez. Welcome Coyote Trail Families!

    I am Ms. Lopez, the school counselor at Coyote Trail. I have been at Coyote Trail since 2010. I have been in Marana District for a very long time. I was a student at Thornydale Elementary, Tortolita Middle, and Graduated from Mountain View High School.  I have two children. My daughter Hailey, graduated from Mountain View this year (2019) and is off to Northern Arizona University. Brendan, my son, is a Jr. at Mountain View this year (2019). I have my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona, a M.A.Ed-School Counseling from Northern Arizona University, and I am currently working on my Ph.D. Counseling Supervision and Education-Specializing in Social Change.


    I love the work I do! I am very passionate about social and mental health support for our students and strive to build a safe place for students to learn and come for support. I also am passionate about diversity and multicultural issues and am active in Social Change initiatives.


    What does the school counselor do at Coyote Trail? Not what you would think!


    The dynamic of School Counseling has changed a great deal in recent years. When I talk to parents about what my job entails, I am met with surprise. In Marana, we follow the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model. Gone are the days of sitting in an office waiting for “student problems”. We are very proactive! Below describes some of the ways I support students and families at Coyote Trail.


    Class Guidance lessons for every class- I have a classroom! Each class at Coyote Trail receives counseling lessons, every other week for 30 minutes. These lessons cover problem solving, friendship, kindness, bullying, test taking, and study skills, social interaction, character building, mindfulness, coping skills, diversity, etc.


    Small Group Counseling- Small group counseling is for students in need of additional supports. Groups are formed based on student need. Groups provide support and coping for a variety of experiences. Examples are- changing families, ADHD or behavior management, anger/feelings management, relaxation and anxiety strategies, friendship building, coping skill building, and mindfulness. These groups meet one day a week for 30 minutes. Students need parent permission to enroll in small group counseling.


    Individual Check-in’s: School Counselors do not provide “therapy”. However, in times of crisis or concerns, I meet periodically with students, to check-in and to provide additional support.


    “Behind the Scenes”: I wear many hats at Coyote Trail and within the District. These hats help me to support our students and families in many ways.

    • 504 Site Coordinator
    • McKinney-Vento Site Coordinator (helping our homeless/students in transition population)
    • Lead on our District Crisis Team
    • Member of our Coyote Trail Student Support Team
    • Site Holiday Share Coordinator


    Kind Kids Campus: We are a Kind Kids Campus and recognize students in a variety of ways, spreading the importance of Kindness. We utilize the Ben's Bells organization for ideas and honoring our students.


    If you have any questions or would like to visit the counseling room, please feel free to contact me.


    Let’s Have a Wonderful School Year! Sincerely, Ms. Lopez MA Ed - Email