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Counseling

Counselor's Corner

During our time of At-Home Learning, Austin Academy Counselors (Michele Daugherty, Sandra Foreman, and Sarah Killion) will have office hours daily to serve you and your students.

Each Monday - Friday, from 10am-11am and 2pm-3pm, you can join the following Google Meets LIVE link and ask us any questions you may need answered.

Also, our Responsive Services Counselor, LaKorcha Harper, will have office hours daily from 11pm-noon for students who want to talk about any social/emotional struggles they may be having during this uncertain time. 

For the links to the virtual links, see the Counselor's Google Classroom. 

If your question is of a personal nature, please email the counselors directly for assistance. Michele DaughertySandra ForemanSarah Killion, and LaKorcha Harper

Austin Academy School Counseling Vision

The students of Austin Academy for Excellence are a part of a diverse population that is prepared for future success in their life-long pursuits, ready to meet the challenges and high expectations of a global citizen. They are considerate, compassionate and empathetic citizens who work to provide a culture of continuous improvement by insuring equity for all. They are life-long learners who demonstrate resiliency and strive for greatness. They are critical thinkers who navigate the complexities of home, career and community.

Austin Academy School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Austin Academy counseling program is to provide a comprehensive and preventative program addressing career awareness, academic success, self-worth, and social emotional resiliency for all students. School Counselors will advocate, collaborate and facilitate actions that promote personal and academic success to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world. We are key stakeholders in an effort to provide a safe and supportive environment in which students can grow academically, physically and emotionally. We strive to collaborate with parents, administrators, and teachers to meet all students’ needs.

Get to know your counselor

Your counselor is someone who you will want to get to know because he/she can assist you as you progress through middle school. Make an appointment to see your counselor.

Division Counselor Phone (972) Ext.
8th grade Sarah Killion 972-926-2620      x50009
6th grade Michele Daugherty     972-926-2620 x50005
7th grade Sandra Foreman 972-926-2620 x50006
Responsive Services LaKorcha Harper 972-926-2620 x50006

We are happy to also have Maria Mendoza with us; she is serving as our Counselor's Aide. She is bilingual and can help with Spanish translation. Maria can be reached at the above phone number x50004

8th Grade Parents: Find information about graduation plans and High School endorsements here!

What can my counselor do for me?

Counselors will help you by:

  • reviewing your choice of subjects each spring during registration (February - April)
  • helping solve academic scheduling problems
  • 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 middle school has two guidance counselors to help ensure that adequate support for helping students to succeed and meet their goals is available.

In addition, each middle school campus has a student services specialist - Responsive Services counselor. Campus Responsive Services counselors have had additional training in specialty areas to help students maintain and choose a healthy lifestyle. They provide counseling, support groups, presentations, prevention activities, classroom guidance, and crisis intervention for students.

Visit the district website for more information about the GISD Guidance & Counseling and Responsive Services.  

Bullying and cybersafety

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

Visit the district website for more information and resources related to bullying and cybersafety.

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.

Request accommodations for testing

Students with documented disabilities have the opportunity to request assistance for their tests in the form of an accommodation.

See Request accommodations for testing on the district website for more information.