Counseling & Mentoring

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They’re Here To Help Every Student Be Successful

WMS is fortunate to have two experienced counselors serving students -- Mrs. Mary Martinson, a long-time faculty member who provides counseling and guidance for all students, and Mr. Kiaka Gaughen, our School Based Behavioral Health Specialist (SBBH).  

WMS Counselor -- Dr. Mary Martinson 

We recognize and value the important role played by Dr. Martinson, who holds a BS in Social Work from Eastern Washington University, and a Master of Education in School Counseling from UMASS-Boston.  More recently, 
Mrs. Martinson graduated with an Ed.D from Grand Canyon University in Instructional and Organizational Leadership. Her dissertation focused on the incorporation of culturally-based education strategies and the influence of a sense of belonging for new transfer students. 

She has presented at the Hawai’i State Counselor's Association annual conference, the American Counselor Association National Conference and the Hawai’i Island Tech Conference, and she has participated as a member of visiting Accreditation committees for several schools in Hawai’i via WASC/HAIS. 

Mrs. Martinson works with all students, providing academic and social/emotional support.  Students may self-refer or may be referred by teachers, administrators, family members or other school staff.  Mrs. Martinson also assists with guidance curriculum on topics ranging from diversity and multi-cultural awareness to bullying, coping skills, conflict resolution and more.  Tel: 887-6090 Ext. 252.

WMS SBBH Counselor -- Kiaka Gaughen, MEd.

Mr. Gaughen has been working with Hawai'i’s youth for over 25 years.  He is currently a Behavioral Health Specialist for the DOE’s North Hawaii District and is assigned to Waimea Middle School.  Before WMS he was at Honoka'a High and Intermediate for 7 years.  He started working for the DOE in the Kahuku Complex providing support at Kahuku High, Hau'ula Elementary, Laie Elementary, and Ka’a’awa Elementary.  

Kiaka holds a Masters in Education from University of Hawaii College of Education in Counseling and Guidance, and a BA in Geography from the University of Hawaii.  He has presented at conferences and seminars statewide and nationally and also is the Founder of a program helping high school student athlete’s transition to college. Mr. Gaughen has also been an assistant football Coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy since 2012. 

As keiki o ka 'aina, Mr. Gaughen lived in Waimea a few years and attended Waimea Elementary and has some great memories playing in the streams, running around on the rolling hills of Waimea and wonderful cold nights! But because of employment options, his family moved back to O'ahu, and this is where he spent most of his time growing up on the Windward side in the then very country town of Kaneohe.  There, Mr. Gaughen spent many hours in the ocean learning to be a waterman on Kaneohe bay with his 'ohana.  He even used his waterman skills to become a professional bodyboarder in the 1980's and did well on the pro circuit in Hawai'i and California. Tel: 887-6090 Ext. 251.

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To review WMS' UPDATED SCHOOLWIDE DISCIPLINE POLICY, please scroll to the bottom of this page and download document.  Mahalo! 

How will I know if my child is doing okay in school?

Your student’s planner is a great resource. In it you’ll find stamps indicating if they’ve completed their homework or not and you’ll also find a discipline log that will list minor classroom behavioral infractions. Also, feel free to call or email your child’s teacher directly to ask about their progress.

My child shared with me that something happened at school and they didn’t tell anyone. What should I do?

Please call Mrs. Martinson if you feel the school needs to follow up. Middle school should be a safe and supportive experience and we will do all that we can to problem solve any conflicts your child is experiencing.

My child is new to your school, how can I best support their transition?

Speak with your child every evening to see how they’re adjusting. If academic or behavioral concerns arise, please call Mrs. Martinson and she can assist you further.


Other questions? Feel free to contact us -- the parent/school link is a crucial component to you child’s success.


Patti Cook,
Feb 1, 2015, 2:21 PM