Get to know your counselor

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

Kennedy Taheri

Phone: (972) 675-3150 Ext. 43252



My name is Kennedy Taheri and I am Hickman Elementary's school counselor. I received my bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Arlington and my graduate degree from Lamar University. I have worked for GISD for five years and have enjoyed every second of it! As the school counselor, I am here to help each student with their academic, career and social/emotional development need.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hickman Elementary school counselor is to promote a support system to ensure all students are able to reach their fullest potential as a learner as well as have the skills and knowledge to be a successful stakeholder in the community. Counseling services are guided by a mission where its goal is to promotes academic, career, personal, social development and growth.

Vision Statement

As a result of the Garland ISD counseling program, students will develop and foster a sense of belonging with a voice to use to express their personal needs.

Comprehensive School Counseling Program

The Comprehensive School Counseling Program provides a framework that engages students with activities that promotes social/emotional, academic, and career needs.

Counselor Role and Philosophy

My role is to be someone who you will want to get to know! I want to be able to assist you as you progress through elementary school and beyond. 

Counselors Role:

  • reviewing your choice of subject during the registration period

  • providing study skills

  • providing academic information

  • providing career and college information

  • assisting in teacher/student relationships

  • providing coping skills with family issues

  • listening to concerns about friends, etc.

  • give you information about life and decision-making skills

  • referring you to people or places outside of school for help if necessary.

My philosophy is that all students should be encouraged to achieve personal growth, to obtain positive social skills and values, to set career goals, and to reach full academic potential in order to become productive member of society.

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.