Greetings, Garden Ridge family and friends!
This is my first year to be the counselor at GRE and I'm so excited to be a Gator! Before coming to LISD, I was an elementary school counselor in another DFW district for 6 years and a teacher before then. I taught 7th grade Spanish in Oklahoma and then 3rd and 4th grade ESL here in Texas.
A little about me- I'm not a native Texan. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and still go back often to visit my family there. I received my undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University in elementary education and a minor in Spanish. After teaching for a while in Texas, I decided I wanted to be able to work with the whole student, to help them through more than just academic struggles. I went to the University of North Texas to get my master's in counseling and have been working as a school counselor ever since.
One of my favorite things about being the counselor for Garden Ridge Elementary is being able to bring my therapy dog, Charlie Ann, to school on Fridays. She is a six-year-old Westie mix who loves kids! She turns in circles when she sees me pull out her Pet Partners therapy dog vest to come to school. We visit classrooms for monthly guidance lessons, run small group sessions and meet with individual students on Fridays together as a team. It is so much fun to have her around and to see the smiles that she brings to everyone's faces!
For more information and resources, click below to check out the Garden Ridge Elementary Counseling webpage.