Get to Know Your Counselor 

Bindu Kandyil Counselor

Hello Montclair Family,

I am so excited to continue working as a Counselor and be a part of the Montclair family.  I bring over 20 years of National and International classroom experience as an Educator, Administrator and a Counselor with diverse group of learners.

My Mission is to provide guidance programs and counseling services to all students in a way that promotes academic success, personal and social growth and college and career readiness.

My Vision is to serve as an advocate for all students, equipping every student with skills to enable them to reach their highest potential in a diverse society.

As an Elementary Counselor, I like to establish a therapeutic relationship with the child through acceptance, trust and empathy and provide children with an opportunity to express and process feelings at their own level and pace. I aspire to work together with staff, students and the community to create a clean, safe, positive and supportive learning environment!

Outside of my professional responsibilities, I enjoy spending my quality time with my Kids & family, Reading, cooking and Gardening.

Please reach out to me if you need my assistance. I look forward to learn more about each one of you this school Year.

Thank you & Have A Wonderful Year!

Bindu Kandyil

What can my counselor do for me?

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.

How counselors help you

I will be meeting with all homeroom classes every six weeks to discuss and teach about a variety of subjects. These topics include, but are not limited to:   

  • Bullying/Cyberbullying Prevention/Harassment 
  • Violence Prevention/Conflict Resolution 
  • College, Career & Military Readiness (CCMR) 
  • Suicide Prevention/Mental Health & Safety 
  • Drug Education Preventions 
  • The Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Caring, Citizenship, Friendliness, and Responsibility) 
  • Diversity/Cross-Cultural Awareness 
  • Choice of Subject (5th grade) 

The counselor is available to help ensure that adequate support for helping students to succeed and meet their goals is provided. Visit the district website for more information about the GISD Guidance & Counseling programs.

Programs and Activities


Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the way children and adults learn to manage their emotions, set realistic goals, have empathy for others, keep positive relationships, and make good choices. 

5 SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness

  • Self-management

  • Social awareness

  • Relationship skills

  • Responsible decision-making

Montclair Counseling Vision Statement

Montclair’s comprehensive counseling program guides each diverse learner to develop academic, career, and personal/social skills to reach their fullest potential.  Montclair Elementary will support the whole child and empower students to respect themselves and others, guiding them to become healthy, responsible, productive, and competent citizens.

Montclair Counseling Mission Statement 

The mission of the Montclair School Counseling Program is to support the whole child by providing a comprehensive guidance program designed to teach the skills and knowledge needed to become productive, lifelong learners in our community.


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.