Guidance & Counseling Corner
Meet Our Counselor
Hello my name is Margarita Gonzalez. I am so happy to be your child’s counselor this year. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I have completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Education from Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas in 1997, a Masters in School Counseling from Amberton University in Garland,Texas in 2008 and a Certificate in School Administration from Lamar University in 2012.
I was a Bilingual teacher for nine years and I have been a counselor for seven years.
I became a counselor because I knew that as a counselor I could have a greater influence in preparing our students to become productive, respectful, and responsible citizens.
From the Counselor's Heart
Parents, I would like to remind you that just as we teach our children how to dress and to ride a bicycle; in that same manner, we should teach our children how to behave. Just as we don’t assume that they will know how to read when they’re born, we shouldn’t assume that they will know how to behave socially. It is our job as parents to train our kids to be respectful, obedient and productive citizens.
All of that teaching and training begins with us being good role models and actually showing them the correct way to do things. It’s not something easy to learn. Experts say that 30% of all learning is done through observation, but 70% is learned through guided practice.
Your son/daughter will learned formally how to behave and why in my lessons throughout this year, but they will need you to come along side of them to practice it throughout their life time. I exhort you to continue practicing with your son/daughter, and to remember that “practice makes perfect”.
Guidance Lessons for the Second Semester
Take a look
at what our Cisneros Cubby's are learning about in guidance this semester! The three main topics are caring, fairness and respect.
Promoting College and Career Awareness at Cisneros Pre-K
Here at Cisneros, we are committed to creating a culture of college and career readiness that will lead to the most successful generation in Texas history. Remember, preparing our children for a future of success starts today. Here's what we are doing at Cisneros to promote career development.
What Can I do to help prepare my child for college
It’s never too early to start teaching your child about college. Here are some things that will help pave the way for a successful life in the future!
In addition to all these, we have College Days once a month. On these days, students and staff are encouraged to wear a college or university t-shirt and chant our goal setting song.
College Days for 2014-2015
- Tuesday, September 16 (GISD College Day)
- Tuesday, October 14
- Tuesday, November 11 (Career Day)
- Tuesday, December 09
- Tuesday, January 13
- Tuesday, February 10
- Tuesday, March 17
- Tuesday, April 14
Goal Setting Song for Cisneros Pre-K
- Set your goal (x2)
- Make a plan (x2)
- To achieve it (x2)
- Work hard (x2)
- Persevere (x2)
- Don't give up (x2)
- Till you reach it
Some of the Activities and Programs provided here at Cisneros
Biweekly classroom guidance lessons focused around character development such as:
- Individual and group counseling
- College Awareness Activities
- Prevention Programs:
- Fire Safety
- Substance Abuse (Red Ribbon Week Activities)
- WHO Program (Stranger Danger & Safe and Unsafe Touches)
- Bullying Prevention: R-Time and Guidance Lessons
- Parenting Classes: Love & Logic (English and Spanish)
- Consultant to parents and staff
Do you ever feel frustrated because your child doesn't seem to listen to you? Or do you ever feel like you just really aren't sure how you should effectively discipline your child? I know I have felt that way with my sons before! Well let me introduce you to the Love & Logic philosophy!
Love and Logic was developed by: Jim Fay, Dr. Charles Fay and Dr. Foster Cline visit their website for more information at www.loveandlogic.com
What Builds Respectful, Responsible Kids
- Make sure your child knows that you love and respect him/her.
- Explain that there are rules everywhere to keep him/her safe.
- Follow up with actions/consequences immediately, so they learn to listen to you the first time.
- Be CONSISTENT
- Don’t rescue them from the consequences of their wrong actions that is the only way to learn to make good choices.
You are the parent, children need parents who care enough about them to set limits and enforce them. Discipline is not punishment
What Can My Counselor Do For Me
Find out more about the GISD counseling program and other things that the counselors in each campus can help you with.