How are you feeling? Great! Pretty Good! Doing Okay. Could be better. Really Struggling. I need support! Your counselor is here to help with your feelings.
Get to know our counselor
Hello Mighty Eagles! My name is Marka Phillips and I am your Hillside Academy Counselor. I am a graduate of Lakeview Centennial High School. I obtained my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Prairie View A & M University (The Hill). This is my 29th year as an educator, 27 of those years in Garland ISD. I am excited about being your child’s counselor and an EAGLE! In my spare time I love spending time with my family, playing basketball, watching movies, crafting, and enjoying the outdoors.
Phone: 972-926-2550 Ext. # 42507
Hillside Academy Counseling Vision and mission
Our vision is to create a future where every student is empowered to achieve their highest academic potential, transforming into not only skilled professionals in the global workforce but also embodying the values of respect and responsibility, making a positive impact on the world around them.
At Hillside Academy for Excellence, our counseling program strives to create a holistic and supportive environment for all students. Our mission is to address their academic, social, and emotional needs comprehensively and proactively. Through promoting advocacy, leadership, character development, and collaboration, we are committed to nurturing personal growth, fostering social responsibility, and encouraging academic excellence among our students.
Programs and activities
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
At Hillside Academy students engage in the 3 Signatures Practices: Welcoming Activities, Engaging Activities, and Optimistic Closure. We also have positive affirmations daily.
College, Career, Military & Readiness (CCMR)
College and career readiness for elementary students is an essential concept that involves preparing your child to succeed academically and professionally in the future. It lays the foundation for their future educational pursuits and eventual entry into the workforce. As parents, you play a crucial role in supporting and fostering this readiness in your child.
Remember that college and career readiness is a journey that extends throughout your child's educational years. By providing them with a solid foundation and supporting their growth, you're equipping them with the skills and mindset needed to thrive academically and professionally in the years to come.
Teachers or students may request a referral to see the counselor. Students first make the request to their teacher. Teachers then make the contact with the counselor. Parents may also make a request directly to the counselor.
Helpful parent resources
Counseling Institute of Texas - Counseling Institute of Texas, Inc. -Affordable local counseling agency that provides in person counseling services for students and families at two convenient locations in Garland (Student Services Building & 3200 Southern Dr.) M-Th 10am-8pm & Fri-Sat. 9am-4 pm. 972-271-4300 or email@example.com
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.
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.