I am so excited to be a part of the Forest Vista family! I am originally from Ohio, but 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 seventh 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 seven 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:
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.
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:
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!