Counseling

Social and Emotional Learning School of Excellence

We are proud to be recognized by GISD as a Gold Level Social and Emotional Learning School of Excellence!

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important part of well-rounded student instruction. SEL develops skills that help GISD students grow academically, emotionally and socially. Our staff works as a team to support all students in developing self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills. These skills prepare students for success in school, work, and in life. People with strong social and emotional skills are better able to manage everyday challenges, their emotions, and achieve positive goals.

Meet Mrs. Ballard

Hello Kimberlin Knights! My name is Charlotte Ballard, your school counselor. 

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I am here to support all of our amazing Knights and their families! I offer academic, social, and emotional support in many ways to our students. I visit with students individually and in small groups to help students build study, coping, or social skills. One of my favorite places to be is in classrooms sharing lessons on social and emotional learning with our Knights!

I always want students and parents to feel comfortable letting me know if I can help in any way. Knowing that many families are facing hardships in any way, I am also happy to share resources for outside help.  

Students can contact me through their Canvas accounts or through their teachers. Families can contact me at 972.926.2560 ext. 41008 or at caballar@garlandisd.net

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 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.

Bullying

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®

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Report bullying and other urgent student concerns quickly and anonymously to school officials with Anonymous Alerts®.

Find out more about Anonymous Alerts® and other ways to get in touch on the district share & report page.