Get to know your counselors

School Counselor, K-2







Ashney Berry-Avery                                                                   

Grades K-2                                                         

This is my 15th year in education and my 6th year as a School Counselor. I received my bachelor's degree from Prairie View A&M University and my master's degree from Lamar University.  Ethridge has been an amazing home away from home. I am proud to call myself a Bobcat! -Avery

Lariza Munoz

Grades 3-5

This is my 6th year in education and my 1st year as a School Counselor.  I received my bachelor's degree from University of Texas at Dallas and my master's degree from Lamar University.-Munoz

"Comparison is the thief of joy, so be the best YOU!" - Theodore Roosevelt


The Ethridge Elementary Counseling department will empower all students to achieve their fullest educational potential by focusing on the whole child (based on individual needs) and promoting positive academic and social/emotional growth to become productive citizens and responsible lifelong learners. 


The mission of the Ethridge Elementary Counseling department is to provide a safe and equitable environment that tailors our Comprehensive School Counseling Program to meet the needs of our diverse population. Through multicultural awareness, guidance programs, and counseling services, we will provide both all-inclusive and individualized approaches to promote a positive Social Emotional Learning environment while focusing on academic growth, social/emotional development, and college and career readiness to ensure future success for all students. 

Character education

Our counselors will visit classrooms throughout the year and provide character education lessons to all students on a variety of topics to include: 

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Citizenship
  • Caring

What can my counselor do for me?

Counselors will 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 to 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.


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.