I am so excited to be a part of the Forest Vista family! I am originally from Ohio and graduated from Texas Christian University with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. After graduation, I taught 4th grade in Everman, Texas for three years before moving to Flower Mound. I taught 2nd grade at Bridlewood Elementary for six years while working on my Master of Education in School Counseling at Dallas Baptist University. I am currently in my tenth year as counselor at FVE! During my free time, I enjoy shopping, traveling to new places, playing with my dog, going to the movies, and spending time with family and friends. My husband and I have a son, Aaden, who is nine and also a Forest Vista eagle!
About the Forest Vista Guidance and Counseling Program
Our comprehensive guidance and counseling program follows Texas Education Agency guidelines. Guidance topics are centered around the following topics:
- Decision-making, goal setting, problem solving
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal effectiveness
- Cross Cultural Effectiveness
- Responsible Behavior
- Motivation to Achieve
Overview of Forest Vista Guidance Classes
All classes have guidance lessons once every three weeks. Lessons are 30-45 minutes long. Parent letters are sent home after every time I visit a classroom. All topics covered are part of the Texas Guidance and Counseling Program. Lessons mostly involved bibliotherapy books, short video clips and class discussion and activities.
- Second Step - Information on our core curriculum
- Julia Cook is a wonderful author and I use many of her books during our guidance lessons.
- Parenting tips from Dr. Michele Borba
- Kids Health
- Bullies 2 Buddies
- Values.com - This page has billboards, quotes, t.v. ads, pictures, and more for some of the most common values including true beauty, character, perseverance, teaching by example, kindness, etc.
Types of Counseling
Group Counseling - Small groups focus on social skills while engaging in interpersonal relationships with the children. My goal is to help increase social interaction skills so that students can be successful. I also want to provide them with opportunities to learn more about themselves and to develop strategies and skills to positively impact their school day. Small groups are about 3-6 students and we meet once a week for 6 weeks. Each session is about 30 minutes. Students can be referred through teachers, parents, and RtI. Students can also refer themselves!
Small group topics:
- anger management
- family changes (divorce, remarraige)
- study skills
- self control
- self esteem
Individual Counseling - Individual counseling is a responsive service in which we seek to meet the student's immediate needs and concerns. Counseling is offered throughout the school year in a confidential setting. Students can be referred by teacher, parent, self, and RtI committee. Individual counseling requires parent permission (signed permission slip). School counseling is goal-oriented and generally short-term in nature. Sessions are about 30 minutes long, once a week, for 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, if a student still needs on-going counseling or therapy, I will refer you to outside agencies or therapists in the community.
Please feel free to call or email me if you ever have any concerns or questions!