Get to Know Your Counselor

Counselor: Mrs. Julie Coleman (Responsible for students' last names alpha A-G)

Julie Coleman


Counselor: Ms. Judy Dryer (Responsible for students' last names alpha H-O)


Counselor: Mrs. Erika Benton (Responsible for students' last names alpha P-Z)


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

Division Counselor Phone (972) Ext.
A-G Julie Coleman 475-3711 x51810
H-O Judy Dryer 475-3711 x81833
P-Z Erika Benton 475-3711 x51806
Responsive Services Rhonda Johnson 475-3711 x51810
Secretary Aide Lisa Dunphy 475-3711 x51812



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The GISD Ready program is an integral part of GISD culture. Helping students to explore, plan, and act is part of daily life in the classroom and special events across the district.

In addition to the academic rigor of our classrooms and the variety of resources like those listed below, campus staff and district departments provide activities and events that spark imaginations and provide assistance -- College Day, career days, workshops, and more.

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 - LIGHT counselor. Campus LIGHT 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 LIGHT programs.

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.