SEL Team Gold Award


"We strive to provide effective instruction, establish meaningful relationships and motivate our scholars, while maintaining high expectations."

"Transforming lives for a successful tomorrow!"

Margarita Gonzalez

Mrs. Gonzalez

I am so happy to be one of your child’s counselors this year. Let me tell you a little bit about myself.

I completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Bilingual Education from Texas Wesleyan University in 1997, a Masters in School Counseling from Amberton University in 2008 and a Certificate in School Administration from Lamar University in 2012.  

I was a bilingual teacher for nine years, and I have been a school counselor for ten years. I became a counselor because I knew that as a counselor I could have a greater influence in preparing our students to become productive, respectful, and responsible citizens.

I am also a Love and Logic parent trainer.

Marka Phillips

Mrs. Phillips

I previously served as Handley's counselor from 2005-2010.  I am super excited about returning to Handley Elementary as one of the two counselors.

I graduated and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising & Design in 2001 and my Masters in Counseling in 1993, both  from Prairie View A&M University.

I have worked in Garland ISD for 22 years as a former high school special education teacher, middle school counselor and  elementary counselor.

I enjoy the following : spending time with my family, mentoring students, crafts, basketball and Taekwondo.

Handley Elementary ACE support team program:

Our mission is to promote students' personal, academic, social and career success; in a safe, respectful and motivating school environment through a collaborative partnership of school staff, parents and the community with the purpose of preparing all students for lifelong learning and productive citizenship.

Support team members
SEL team

Counselors are available daily for parent questions or concerns:

Mrs. Phillips (counselor)

  • 972-926-2540 Ext: 40885

Mrs. Gonzalez (counselor)

  • 972-926-2540 Ext. 40927

Mrs. Ford (social worker)

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 972-926-2540 Ext. 40937
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 972-240-3720 Ext. 52006


What can my counselor do for me?

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.