Shorehaven Mission Statement

The mission of Shorehaven Elementary School Counseling Program is to provide proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate support services that foster students' academic development, personal/social growth, and career exploration enabling all students to become successful, productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

Shorehaven Vision Statement

The vision of Shorehaven Elementary School Counseling Program is to empower all students to reach their maximum potential by promoting an environment that encourages personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility, and academic excellence to ensure future success.

Get to know our counselor

Anita Roland, School Counselor

Certifications: BS Degree, Computer Science, University of Lafayette, LA; Masters, School Counseling, Amberton University.

I joined the Dallas Independent School District in 1994, and the Garland Independent School District in 2000. In 2008, I joined the Shorehaven team.

I am available to learners throughout the school day. You may reach me at 972-494-8346 during school hours.

I know how to help any student with any problem, large or small. If a student needs help with bullies, or a brother or sister is teasing too much, or some thoughtless person is insulting our valued scholar... or even if there is a situation outside of school that worries our student... I know just what to do, whom to call, and what to say to make the coming days brighter and better. Feel free to reach out to me!

What does a Counselor do?

Counselor, Educator, Advocate

Coming Soon:  Implementation of Sanford Harmony

Sanford Harmony is the fastest growing Pre-K-6 grade social emotional learning (SEL) program in the nation, impacting more than 8 million children through more than 18,000 schools and sites nationwide. Sanford Harmony promotes positive peer relations among students through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect, helping boys and girls learn how to build healthy relationships beginning at childhood.

What is Social Emotional Learning?

Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for being a healthy adult. This includes problem-solving skills, as well as teaching kids to embrace diversity and build healthy relationships.  The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)—the clearinghouse for advancing social-emotional learning—has recognized Sanford Harmony as a CASEL SELect program for excellence in supporting SEL in schools and districts nationwide.

Social and emotional learning


Ten ways to be a great parent

Mrs. Roland has suggested "Ten ways to be a great parent," from BrightStar: Mothers and fathers can boost their parenting skills and make a positive, lifelong impact on their children by following principles that include...

  1. Be a good role model. Your child learns from the examples you set.
  2. Show respect for your child's feelings, thoughts, and suggestions.
  3. Make your child feel loved with your words of praise, and your hugs and kisses.
  4. Keep your word. If you must break it, apologize and make it up to your child.
  5. Encourage your child's creativity. Ask questions to stimulate imagination.
  6. Build your child's self-esteem by showing appreciation for all genuine efforts.
  7. Stay involved. Know what's going on in your child's life both at school and with friends.
  8. Discipline your child fairly, firmly, and with love. Focus on the behavior, not the child.
  9. Set up family traditions and make time to do fun things together.
  10. Think positively. By expecting the best, you empower yourself and your child to solve problems and achieve goals.

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!

In addition, counselors also are in charge of:

  • Character Counts classroom presentations explaining the 6 Character Traits: Trustworthiness. responsibility, respect, citizenship, caring, and fairness
  • College and career readiness: Including campus college displays and activities, college day, and elementary college EXPO (May)
  • R-Time anti-bullying program
  • Career and course planning
  • Child abuse training for teachers and staff
  • Anti victimization ( e.g., we help ourselves, safety net, and home alone)
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Consultation with teachers, parents and staff

Counselors for each campus are certified by the state of Texas 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.

GISD Ready!

GISD Ready

The GISD Ready! program is an integral part of the GISD culture. Helping students to explore, plan, and take actions that help them prepare for the future is part of daily life in the classroom and special events across the district. In addition to the academic rigor of our classrooms and the variety of resources on this Ready! site, campus staff and district departments work together to provide a variety of events to spark imaginations and provide assistance. Come back often for information and highlights of featured activities such as college day, career days, financial aid workshops and more.


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.