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Our goal here at Atrisco Heritage Academy's health office is to promote the physical and mental well-being of students, their families, our staff, and our community. We believe students must be healthy to be educated, and educated to be healthy.

Patrick Parker, BSN, RN, and Melissa Parker, BSN, RN, are our husband and wife school nurse team at AHA.

Patrick was in the US Navy for 24 years, starting as a surgical technologist, then as an Independent Duty Corpsman, and ultimately, becoming an officer as a nurse, first in Oncology and then in the Operating Room, before retiring and moving back to Albuquerque to be close to his family. Melissa was a veterinary technician and then a surgical technologist, before she became an Operating Room nurse, which she did for over twenty years, specializing in open heart surgery. Together, they have six children and two crazy dogs. They enjoy all outdoor activities, especially hiking and snowshoeing. They really enjoy teaching students how to BE healthy and how to STAY healthy.

Colleen Wright is our AHA health assistant. She has been with APS since 2004. She has worked in the health office since 2018. Before that, she was an educational assistant. She is passionate about helping students to receive of all their needed vaccines in order to stay healthy. She loves organizing and digitizing files and she can take care of most health needs a student might have if a nurse is unavailable. She has a bachelor's degree in fine arts and loves seeing student creativity. She is also an avid animal advocate and has hens, a dog, and a cat at home. Her dog is her hiking partner.

Contact Information

Melissa Parker

Phone: (505) 243-1458, ext. 60005
Text: (505) 750-8118

Patrick Parker

Phone: (505) 243-1458, ext. 60005
Text: (505) 750-8118

Colleen Wright
Health Assistant

Phone: (505) 243-1458, ext. 60005
Text: (505) 750-8118

TIPS To Minimize Illnesses and Missed School Days

  • Keep immunizations current to protect your child and the school community from serious, preventable diseases.
  • Encourage frequent hand washing at home and at school.  Unwashed hands are a major source of disease transmission.  Wash hands with soap and warm water before eating, after using bathroom facilities and after touching pets.
  •  Teach your child good health habits. Even very young children can be taught to “cough or sneeze in your sleeve.”
  •  Although lunchtime in the cafeteria is a chance for students to socialize with friends, it can also be an opportunity to spread viruses and bacteria.  Discourage your child from sharing food, beverages and eating utensils.
  •  Lice are not a “disease,” however they are a nuisance that affects up to 12 million school-age children each year.  Lice do not hop or fly but are spread by direct head to head contact or by using an infested brush, hat or hair accessory.  You may want to check your child’s head periodically for lice or nits (lice eggs), and remind your child that some things should not be shared, even with a sibling or best friend.
  •   Finally, please keep your sick child home.  If your child has a fever, they may not return to school until:
    Fever free for 24 hours without needing to use fever reducing medication
    Fever free and able to hold down fluids and regular diet
    Fever free and able to participate in normal activities without diarrhea stools