Get to know your counselor

From Her Desk: 

My name is Leslie Rodriguez. This is my 24th year in education. I have 2 adult children that are graduates of Garland ISD. I received my Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. I earned my Master's degree in Education Counseling and Development from Lamar University. I also help coordinate the Watch DOGS program here at Cooper. I am here to help. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time. 

Cooper elementary is committed to providing our students with every opportunity to demonstrate creativity, challenge their capabilities, appreciate uniqueness and become lifelong learners that become productive members of society. 

Mission Statement

We are committed to inspiring a community of learners who are respectful and responsible while using a comprehensive counseling program that addresses our student’s academic, personal/social needs as well as career goals.

Our campus is comprised of four houses

Houses Shield

Unidad the house of Unity – “Where there is unity there is always victory”

Donneurs the house of givers – “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.”

Chinh Truc  the house of integrity – “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.”

Uamuzi the house of determination – “Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it.”

Every two weeks, our houses meet to celebrate achievements and participate in a social emotional lessons. Students then work to demonstrate and practice these important life skills.

See our signature programs for more information.

father and son pose for program

still going strong 

WATCH D.O.G.S. is one of the nation’s largest and most respected school-based, family, and community engagement, organizations in the country. In 1998, the very first WATCH D.O.G.S. program launched at Gene George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Today, more than 6,450 schools across the country have launched a WATCH D.O.G.S. program of their own. Each school year hundreds of thousands of fathers and father-figures make a positive impact on millions of children by volunteering millions of hours in their local schools through this amazing one-of-a-kind program. If you are interested in becoming a WATCH D.O.G.S. please contact our counselor Leslie Rodriguez to get you started.


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.