I am a self-motivated, articulate, organized, and creative problem solver. I pride myself on listening to the needs of others and developing solutions. I possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and am comfortable presenting and facilitating information to large and small groups. My positive attitude and approachable nature allows for others to feel at ease when learning new and challenging information. I am always willing to collaborate and bring new ideas to the table for the betterment of the team. It is my desire to bring the leadership skills I have developed over the past 20 years in the field of Education and Counseling to North East ISD.
School Counselor08/2015 to 08/2016Northside ISDSan Antonio, TX
Designed and delivered developmentally appropriate guidance lessons to elementary students that focused on interpersonal effectiveness, problem solving, cultural awareness, self-esteem, motivation to achieve, responsible behavior, and communication skills.
Provided small group and individual counseling to students needing support in the areas of: Divorce/Family changes, Friendship/Getting Along with Others, Military Deployment, Managing and Coping with Grief, Making Appropriate Behavior Choices, Understanding Feelings, and Improving Work/Study Habits.
Coordinated Tier 3 RTI meetings, various benevolence projects that helped the community, planned Red Ribbon Week and Generation TX week activities, put on a school-wide Career Day with guest speakers, and assisted with STAAR coordination/planning.
Presented information to staff on The 40 Developmental Assets, Suicide, Bullying, and Child Abuse/Jenna's Law.
School Counselor08/2005 to 06/2014North East ISDSan Antonio, TX
Created and implemented a developmentally appropriate guidance curriculum to all students in grades K-5.
Consulted with teachers, parents, and students in order to assess the academic and social/emotional needs of students. From this data small group and individual counseling sessions were conducted.
Created presentations to share with faculty on such topics as Suicide Prevention, Bullying, Child Abuse, and Classroom Management Strategies.
Coordinated with local area business volunteers and high school students to serve as mentors for at-risk students.
Served as a member of the RTI committee, Section 504 coordinator, ESL Point of Contact/Coordinator, Talent Show committee and MC, Earth Day committee, Campus Test Coordinator for 5 years, Science Committee, and served as the cluster Counselor leader on the Council of Counselors.
Coordinated Red Ribbon Week activities and lessons in an effort to promote healthy drug-free lifestyles, utilized guest speakers and brought in assemblies in order to motivate students to make the right choices when confronted with peer pressure.
Teacher08/1998 to 05/2005North East ISDSan Antonio, TX
10 years classroom experience teaching grades Pre-K, Kinder, 2nd, and 3rd.
Worked with diverse populations with the ultimate goal of producing children that found joy in learning, who were prepared to solve problems in a variety of situations, both socially and academically, and that were inspired to learn more about the curriculum.
Utilized test data to drive instruction and constantly assessed the strengths and weaknesses of students in order to address gaps in learning.
Incorporated technology in order to capture the interest of students, promote life-long learning and to address different learning styles.
Served as Grade Level Chairperson, Science Committee, Campus Improvement Committee, Social Committee Chairperson.
Teacher08/1995 to 05/1998Edgewood ISDSan Antonio, TX
Education and Training
Master of Arts: Counseling2004University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, TX, USA
Bachelor of Science: Interdisciplinary Studies1995University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, TX, USA
15 credit hours of BIL/ESL Coursework (ESL Endorsement)1999University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, TX, USA
Texas Certified Counselor for grades K-12
Texas Certified Teacher for grades PK-6
Certified Trauma and Loss Counselor
Peer Mediation Trainer of Trainers
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Trainer of Trainers
Nominated for Teacher of the Year, Blattman Elementary, 2015-2016
Awarded a Bilingual/ESL grant to attend UTSA and help foster language acquisition for ESL students (ESL Endorsement).
Nominated and received the PTA Life Membership Award