Counseling

Beaver MST Counselor

Mrs. Sinclair

Amy Sinclair
Phone: 972-494-8301

The Counselor’s Corner by Mrs. SinclairHello! I’m Amy Sinclair, your School Counselor! 

Here are some facts about me:

  • I have been in the Education field for 12 years.

  • I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hardin-Simmons University.

  • I hold a Master of Education in School Counseling from Lamar University.

  • I hold certifications in School Counseling (K-12), General Education (K-4), ESL (K-12), and Special Education (K-12).

  • I taught 2nd grade at Beaver Tech for 10 years!

  • I have been married for 20 years to my best friend, who is a History professor at Brookhaven College. We have three children who are in 9th grade, 5th grade, and 1st grade. Two of my children are current Beaver Stars, so I am also a Beaver Tech parent!

  • My hobbies are reading, scrapbooking, traveling, going to concerts, and watching movies.

My School Counseling Philosophy:

Elementary school is a crucial time for children to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. The K-5th grade years are important for learning how to cultivate: 

  • communication skills

  • decision-making skills

  • self-regulation skills

  • team-building skills

  • a positive self-image

  • an optimistic outlook for the future

  • goal-setting 

  • an awareness of their unique gifts, characteristics, and needs

  • a desire to learn and achieve academically

School Counselors can help students with these skills by:

  • Creating school-wide classroom guidance lessons that focus on academic, career, and social/emotional skills

  • Working with small groups of students through “Lunch Bunches” to meet specific needs and practice skills

  • Assisting students in goal-setting and decision making

  • Providing responsive services for crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and specific concerns through small group or individual counseling

School Counselors can also help by:

  • Partnering with parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure every child is growing socially, emotionally, physically, and academically

  • Reviewing your choice of subject during the registration period (5th graders)

  • Providing career and college information

  • Helping with teacher/student relationships

  • Helping students cope with family issues or other personal issues

  • Listening to concerns about friend relationships

  • Providing referrals to people and places in our community that can provide help if necessary

  • Advocating for students’ needs - your counselor is 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.

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

Love and Logic

Love & Logic is a philosophy used at Beaver MST. Love & Logic focuses on building positive, respectful relationships between adults and children and using mistakes, or problems, as opportunities for personal growth. This approach teaches children to be responsible and prepares them for life in the real world. 

Visitors to our building often comment on the warm culture and climate we have at Beaver MST. They notice smiling teachers, happy students, and an overall sense of positivity throughout our building. While many things contribute to making Beaver MST the outstanding campus it is, the use of Love & Logic is an essential component to cultivating the positive learning environment on our campus.

If you would like to learn more about Love & Logic, check out their website at: www.loveandlogic.com. They have a parent newsletter and blog with articles and resources. Our library also has many Love & Logic books, CDs, and DVDs. These are available for parents to check out. We have resources for all ages of children, from preschoolers all the way up to high schoolers. Come check them out!

W.O.W. Time

Each month students visit the W.O.W. Room for thirty minutes of W.O.W. Time with our school counselor, Ms. Sinclair. W.O.W. stands for Working on Wellness. Students learn life-long skills to cultivate their emotional wellness and academic growth. Monthly topics include friendship-making skills, positive self-image, emotional regulation, calm-down strategies, study skills, and many more.

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.