Meet your counselor

Oliva Tarkington, MS, NCC, LPC

Hi, I'm Oliva Tarkington (Miss Oliva), Counselor here at Centerville Elementary. I wasn't born here in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could! I have many jobs here at Centerville. My favorite job is talking to students, parents, and teachers about "very important things." This happens through consultation, Classroom Guidance, individual counseling, and small group counseling. If I can be of any help to you or your family, please call me between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday at 972-926-2510 or email me anytime at


Parents, in working to #BetheNiceKid this year, students have been filling out their bingo cards. We've modified the cards to work at home while we participate in distance learning. We gave students prizes for 4 in a row and blackouts. You can use the cards to help encourage your student to continue to be the nice kid. If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to your child's teacher or the counselor, Ms. Oliva ( 

Bingo Card will be here soon.

Centerville Elementary School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the Centerville Elementary School Counseling Program is to assist all students as they grow to become productive citizens and responsible, lifelong learners as they navigate their academic development, personal, social and emotional growth and career exploration.

Centerville Elementary School Counseling Vision Statement

The School Counselor will help provide an atmosphere of encouragement, warmth, and security as Centerville students work to reach their fullest educational potential in the areas of academic, career, and personal development. The School Counselor will strive to establish a solid foundation as Centerville students successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible and productive citizens who respect themselves and others.

Centerville Elementary School Counseling Belief Statements

  1. I believe that ALL students can learn and achieve academic greatness when encouraged and nurtured in a respectful environment.
  2. I believe that nurturing ALL students social and emotional well-being will encourage academic development and future success.
  3. I believe the school counselor’s role is to provide a data driven, developmental counseling program to meet the needs of ALL students through a guidance curriculum, individual student planning, responsive services, and system support.
  4. The school counseling program will promote the following: an understanding of and respect of self and others; problem solving and decision-making; emotional-management skills; skills for learning; and the influence of academic habits on career success.

What can my counselor do for me?

Counselors will help you by:

  • providing study skills and academic information

  • help 5th grade students with middle school registration

  • 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.

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


Bullying Policy

In our effort to prevent bullying, throughout the year Centerville Elementary participates in multiple opportunities to educate students about bullying, including:

  • PAW Power
  • R(espect) Time
  • Character Education
  • Guidance Instruction
  • SNAP Zone (Students Not Accepting Put-downs)

What is bullying?

The district defines bullying as "Written or verbal expression or physical conduct that (1) has the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or of damage to the student’s property; or (2) is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student. 

Bullying may involve, but is not limited to, any of the following actions that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment:

  • Repeated teasing or name calling

  • Cyberbullying*

  • Sexual, religious, or racial harassment

  • Public humiliation

  • Social exclusion

  • Spreading rumors  

*Cyberbullying is willful harassment and/or intimidation of a person through the use of digital technologies.

Please reference the Garland ISD Student Code of Conduct and Handbook on the Policies page for more information on Garland ISD and bullying.

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.