Skip to main content
Colleen Wright

Meet Us

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.