Vision Statement

The Abbett Elementary Counseling Department will assist students in reaching their full potential, by providing the necessary tools and skills.

Mission Statement

The Abbett Elementary Counseling Department is a data driven, comprehensive program designed to assist all students with their academic and social/emotional development. Our mission is to help all students, regardless of background achieve academic and social emotional success by encouraging them to become confident learners, exceptional team mates, and kind humans. 

Abbett's Counselor's Corner

Kandra Rincones school counselor head shot

Kandra Rincones has been teaching since 2007 and is excited to be at Abbett as a School Counselor.  She received her bachelors in music education from UNT and taught music for 7 years.  After this time, she moved to the general education classroom where she taught for 5 years.  Believing that growth and education can take her places, she continued her education and completed a masters in school counseling from Texas A&M Commerce.  Mrs. Rincones loves working with children who struggle academically by advocating on their behalf.  She lives in Forney with her husband, two boys and little girl.

Now Presenting: The NED Show

During Red Ribbon Week, all students at Abbett attended an assembly called "The NED Show."  The NED Show is a school-wide character education program.  NED is a loveable cartoon character whose name is an acronym for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best.  NED captured the student's interest through story telling with props and yo-yo tricks.  After the show, students had the opportunity to purchase a yo-yo as part of a pay it forward program and to learn some of the NED show tricks.  The proceeds from the yo-yo sale allow for the NED show to perform at the next school.

We strive to continue practicing the NED show beliefs to promote a culture of kindness and excellence at Abbett. 

Performer in the Ned show teaching students about doing their best
Performer in the Ned show teaching students about doing their best








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The NED Show

Leadership BINGO

At Abbett we strive to help all students develop leadership skills and strategies necessary to become successful learners that make a positive contribution to our community.  This year we are focusing our Leadership BINGO on the following skills.

Leadership Bingo card that students use in class to focus on developing leadership skills
  • Be proactive

  • Put first things first

  • Think win-win

  • Synergize

  • Seek first to understand, then to be understood


Abbett is a Grief Sensitive School

a grief sensitive school badge

Tragedy and loss are a part of life.  This does not mean it is easy to lose a family member or loved one.  We are excited to let you know that Abbett's Counseling Department has joined forces with New York Life's Grief-Sensitive Schools.  This partnership will ensure our students and families who are impacted by grief will have the resources needed, available to them.  Please contact Mrs. Rincones when resources are needed or when your family has experienced a loss.  You can also go to  These resources are free and beneficial to the healing process!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

students holding basketballs in a gym
students sitting on a carpet holding ipads
3 students with musical instruments







A basketball player?    A computer programmer?     A musician?

We have all been asked this question multiple times. In reality it's not always an easy question to answer.

College awareness is an integral part of GISD culture. Providing students opportunities to explore career interests starts as early as elementary school.


No student should be subjected to bullying or harassment that interferes with their ability to learn or their safety.

Visit the Bullying Prevention and Investigation page on the district website for more information and resources.

Anonymous Alerts®

You can use the Anonymous Alerts® webform or mobile app to quickly, easily and anonymously report bullying, cyberbullying and other sensitive topics to school officials.

Anonymous Alerts® is monitored by GISD Security 24-hours daily and should only be used for serious and urgent matters. In the event of an emergency or life-threatening event, always call 911.

Submit an Anonymous Alert®

Download the app

To place a report from a mobile device, first download the free Anonymous Alerts® app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store. Then open the app and enter activation code garlandisd.

More Information

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