Counseling

Get to Know Your Counselor 

Picture of Counselor Casey Skrapits
Hello Roadrunners! I’m Ms. Skrapits and I am very excited to introduce myself as the new School Counselor at Montclair Elementary. I grew up attending schools in Garland, so GISD is my home. I graduated from Texas Tech University with my teaching degree in 2013. I have taught first, second, and fifth grade, with the majority of my career spent in fifth grade.

In 2016 I received my Masters in School Counseling from Lamar University. This is my true passion and I am excited to work with such a great group of students, parents, administrators, teachers, and staff. My philosophy is that if the heart hurts, then the brain doesn’t work, and I want to support you in any way that I can. I believe that it is always important to encourage all students to strive to achieve their goals.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need my assistance. I can’t wait to build relationships and get to know each of you!

 

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.

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. 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

SEL


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

Counselor Corner in Canvas


Montclair’s Counselor Corner Canvas Course is available to both students and parents and has a variety of resources available such as:

  • Guidance Lessons

  • Student Activities

  • Parent Resources and Tips

  • My Virtual Office

  • Calming Resources

  • Referral form to see the Counselor

 

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.

Bullying and cybersafety

No student should be subjected to bullying or harassment that interferes with their ability to learn or their safety.

Visit the district website for more information and resources related to bullying and cybersafety.

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.