Social and Emotional Learning School of Excellence

We are proud to be recognized by GISD as a 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.

social emotional learning award


Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Ballard with banner


Meet Mrs. Ballard

– Kimberlin’s guidance counselor

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

school counselor

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

Character counts at Kimberlin

Our school counseling program focuses on helping every student become the best version of themselves. One important way we do this is continually promoting an environment where we educated the whole child: mind, heart, and body. Classroom teachers devote time every day to our school-wide social and emotional learning program. During this time, students learn valuable skills that enhance their connection to school community, increase positive behaviors, and support academic success. 

We also feel students best learn leadership skills by serving others. Our program focuses on creating a culture of courtesy and compassion. Community service opportunities are led through groups such as K-Kids and Knights of Service, and all students can join in. Our participation in The Great Kindness Challenge in January guided students to complete random acts of kindness in class and independently. We host school-wide donation drives throughout the year. These drives give other opportunities for all students to have “hands-on” fun doing kind things for others. We know that we also “fill our own buckets” with joy when we encourage others.  

Knights of service write encouraging sidewalk messages for fellow students.

Knights of service write encouraging sidewalk messages for fellow students.


KAE school counseling program mission statement

The mission of Kimberlin Academy’s school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive, data-driven program that is designed to support and empower students in reaching their full potential in the areas of academic, college and career development, and social and emotional learning. Through collaborations with students, faculty, parents, and community members, the school counseling program promotes and supports excellence in academics, personal character development, and civic responsibility while continually fostering a culture of kindness and compassion.

KAE school counseling program vision statement

The vision of Kimberlin Academy’s school counseling program is that we will meet the needs of the “whole child” – mind, heart, and bodies, for all students. We will guide and empower students to become life-long learners that are college and career ready. Our students will make the world a better place by meeting their college and career goals, demonstrating excellent character, and demonstrating empathy for others through community service.

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.


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.