Counseling

Photo of  Mrs. Smith, the Counselor.

 

Who is my counselor?

Hello Tiger Family! ! I am Shaneia Smith, your Carver Elementary School Counselor!

Here is some information about me:

This is my 18th year in education. I obtained a Bachelor of Liberal Arts as well as a
Master of Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Teacher Leadership from
Stephen F. Austin State University. I also hold an additional Master of Education in
School Counseling from Lamar University.
My educational certifications include: English Language Arts and Reading (8-12),
English as a Second Language Supplemental (8-12), and School Counseling (K-12).
This is my 14th year in Garland ISD and I am proud to begin my counseling journey
at THE George Washington Carver Elementary School (Goooo Tigers)!!!

My School Counseling Philosophy:
As your elementary school counselor, I will support all students equally and ensure unbiased, effective skills that guide students in creating and cultivating life choices such as academics, career, and military readiness, plus social and emotional needs while maintaining the safety and well-being of all students.

Carver Elementary School Comprehensive Counseling Program Includes:
● Advocacy and support for student and staff needs
● Developing partnerships with parents, teachers and administrators to empower students’ social,
emotional, physical and academic growth
● Helping students cope with family issues or other personal issues
● Promoting college, career, and military readiness throughout the year (college shirt Thursdays)
● Providing information and referrals to individuals in our community that can provide help and
assistance if needed
● School-wide guidance lessons to prepare students academically, socially and emotionally
● Small group “lunch bunches” to foster connections, acceptance and meet specific needs
● Strengthen teacher/student relationships
● Responsive Services for crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and specific concerns through small
group or individual counseling
● Review choice of subject during the registration period (5th graders)

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. 

Contact:
SSSmith@garlandisd.net
972-487-4415

Mission statement

The Carver Elementary School Counseling Program strives to amplify the holistic development of students in an atmosphere that recognizes and nurtures the uniqueness of the individual. 

The Carver Elementary School Counselor shall assume shared responsibility for the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. The School Counselor will provide a safe, nonjudgmental place for students to express their feelings. Preventative, responsive and comprehensive guidance programs will enhance students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal worth. The School Counselor encourages students to become independent thinkers, goal-setters, life-long learners and effective citizens. By striving to collaborate with parents and teachers to meet all children’s needs.

Vision statement

The Carver Elementary School Counseling Program’s vision is to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that will address the academic, career, and personal/social/emotional needs of each student. Our department has the belief that all students can achieve and grow into life-long learners who are prepared to meet the demands of an increasingly diverse society.

Classroom counseling

Throughout the school year, lessons and activities that focus on academic achievement and personal/social growth are provided. Some of these lessons include:

  • Character Education
  • College/Career Awareness
  • Social Skill Development
  • Anti-Victimization
  • Drug Awareness and Prevention

Additional counseling opportunities

Small group, individual, and crisis counseling are also available for students in need. Counseling topics may include:

  • Academic concerns-such as test anxiety, lack of motivation
  • Behavior issues-such as anger management, hyperactivity in class
  • Personal struggles-such as parental separation/divorce, loss of a loved one, family dilemmas and low self-esteem.

What can my counselor do for me?

Your counselor can help you by:

  • Providing classroom guidance
  • Providing study skills and academic information
  • Providing career and college information
  • Helping teacher/student relationships
  • Helping cope with family issues
  • Listening to concerns about friends
  • Giving 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!

Additional information

  • 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's counseling website for more information about the GISD Guidance & Counseling programs.

Bullying

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.