Meet our counselors

Daugherty has two counselors, Sandra Bocanegra and Deanna Guinaugh. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance.


The mission of the Daugherty Elementary Counseling Program is to develop the whole child academically, socially, emotionally, and promote college and career readiness


Our vision is to reach the future by providing academic and social emotional excellence one student at a time, as they become life-long learners and productive citizens.

Throughout the year, lessons, assemblies and activities focusing on academic achievement and personal/social growth are provided. The lessons include:

  • Character Education
  • Bullying
  • College/Career Awareness
  • Social Skill Development
  • Anti-Victimization
  • Saying No to Drugs

Small group, individual, and crisis counseling is 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 divorce, loss of a loved one, family dilemmas, increasing self-esteem.

As school counselors, we also offer our families resources and support by providing access to community agencies and services.

What can my counselor do for me?

Counselors can help you by:

  • reviewing your choice of subject during the registration period (February - April)
  • 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 elementary school has a guidance counselor to help ensure that adequate support for helping students succeed and meet their goals is available.

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

It's never too early to plan for college

There is a very important federal website, Free Application for Federal Student Aid FASFA, that you can visit if your child plans on going to college. You can start planning now by using the FASFA4caster to learn more about the financial aid process and get an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.

As we all know, planning ahead and paying for our child’s college is very expensive. If you are not aware of the 529 Plans, then we suggest it might be worth your time to go online and research it. This plan offers help in saving for your child’s college education.


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.