Meet your counselor

Jessica Rodriguez

Hello Stephens Stars, Families, and Community Members,

I am Jessica Whitehead, the counselor of Stephens Elementary. I received BA's in Psychology and Spanish from Southwest Texas State University. I then received a M.Ed. with a specialization in Emotional Behavioral Disorders, along with graduate academic certificates in the areas of transition and behavioral specialist, from the University of North Texas. I received my Texas Educator Certificate as a Special Educator for K-12. Later, I earned my Masters in Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce and became a certified school counselor.

I began working at Stephens Elementary school in 2005 as a resource teacher. I taught for six years and then was able to move into the role as the school counselor. I have enjoyed being a part of the Stephens family and am always willing to help in any way I can.

Please feel free to make an appointment with Mrs. Whitehead if you are ever in need of assistance.

972.463.5790 or  

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School Counseling Vision Statement

The Stephens Elementary counselor will provide a quality education for all students by fostering a caring and nurturing environment that promotes high self-esteem, rigorous academic standards, and positive relationships. Students’ academic, social, and emotional needs will be met through collaborative efforts with staff, parents, and community members. Stephens’ students will be provided a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes the school’s vision of equipping every student to have life-long learning, high self-esteem, and a motivation to learn so that all students will become high school graduates and will achieve their social/emotional, educational, and career goals. 

School Counseling Mission Statement

The mission of the school counselor is to support the development of student’s academic, social, and emotional skills. The counseling department will ensure that students are provided a nurturing environment that fosters care and understanding so that all students can grow to become leaders who transform their dreams into reality.

What can my counselor do for me?

  • 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.

Counselor's corner

A major part of the counseling framework is to provide students with character education. Throughout the school year I teach students about the six pillars of character education which includes: respect, trustworthiness, citizenship, responsibility, caring, and fairness.


We implemented the R-Time program at Stephens in January 2012. R-Time is intended to help students gain positive relationships with their peers. Within the program there are three rules that we use to help promote positive behaviors and interactions:

  • Show kindness and respect at all times.
  • Care for everyone and everything.
  • Listen with thought and care.

These rules are implemented throughout the school building. The program’s lessons are presented to the students on Monday mornings.

College and career readiness

It’s never too early to start preparing for college and your career. Throughout the school year, I provide students with information about colleges and universities. We learn the importance of gaining a quality education and how that can help a person develop skills for their future career.


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.