Get to know your counselor
Hello Shugart Sheriffs!! My name is Bethany Godinez, and I am your School Counselor! I have been at Shugart Elementary since 2008, and consider this community my extended family. I have witnessed many students come and go through Shugart, and it has been a privilege to watch them grow and prosper into their higher educational endeavors.
I have my undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in Reading. My graduate degree is in School Counseling.
I am here to support our students, community, and staff here at Shugart Elementary. Please let me know if there is any way that I may assist your child’s education.
What the counselor does for students
Counselors will help you by:
- reviewing your choice of subject during the registration period (February - April)
- providing study skills and academic information
- providing career and college information
- helping in teacher/student relationships
- helping cope with family issues
- listening to concerns about friends, etc.
- giving you information about life and decision-making skills
- referring you to people or places outside of school for help if necessary
- being your advocate – counselors are here for you!
Counselors for each campus are certified by the state of Texas in School Counseling, have a Master’s Degree, and previous teaching experience. Each elementary school has a guidance counselor to help ensure that adequate support for helping students to succeed and meet their goals is available.
A day in the life of our school counselor
Bethany Godinez's office is STAAR central. After a visit to the counselor's office, teachers will learn all they need to know in order to get ready for STAAR. Also, the counselor's office is the perfect place for students who need advice about school, friends, and community involvement.
Counselor and college readiness
In order to support our students, the counselor offers an open and comfortable environment. Also, to highlight the importance of college readiness, she stays busy making sure our students are always thinking about this subject. She goes into classes to provide students with lessons about college and career interests. She makes sure there are visual representations about college throughout our school. Also, she highlights GISD events such as Career Day and College Expo.
Going the extra mile
When third graders needed space to practice with green screen technology, our counselor was eager to help. Without hesitation, she volunteered her office. In this video, Jayden reads a poem that expresses a message commonly shared by our counselor. Also, check out Lourdes, Jayden and Makalya using the counselor's office to practice their green screen skills.
More help for parents and students
Our counselor also organizes events related to Red Ribbon Week, the canned food drive, and Christmas donations. She can also help students and parents obtain information from digital resources. Check Common Sense Media for information about digital citizenship and staying safe online, Love and Logic for parenting information, and the STAAR page for the latest information about testing.
Visit the district website for more information about the GISD Guidance & Counseling programs.