Get to know your counselor

Welcome Shugart Sheriffs!  My name is Bethany Godinez!  I have been the school counselor at Shugart Elementary since 2008, and have been with the Garland Independent School District since 2001.  I have my undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a specialization in reading. My graduate degree is in School Counseling. I look forward to getting to know all of the Shugart Sheriff students and parents.

The Shugart theme this year is Mission Possible.  My personal theme is Mission S.O.S.

The first S stands for Student Support.  I am here to provide support, and to ensure that each student achieves his or her own academic goals. 

The O stands for Open Door.  My door is always open to students, parents, and staff.

The second S stands for System Support.  I collaborate in several areas that support the students in their educational endeavors.  I collaborate in Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Intervention, Student Support Team, 504, Dyslexia, Behavior Management, Social Learning, Character Education, College and Career Awareness, Gifted and Talented, Assessments, etc.

The counselor and college readiness

In order to highlight the importance of college readiness, our counselor stays busy making sure our students are thinking about this subject. She provides 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 the upcoming College Expo.

What else can my counselor do for me?

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.

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Visit the district website for more information about the GISD Guidance & Counseling programs.

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