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Guidance and Counseling

About the Guidance and Counseling Department

The Guidance and Counseling Department leads the elementary and secondary professional school counselors who provide the comprehensive guidance program for the district. In addition the Guidance and Counseling Department oversees School Social Workers who provide a variety services, including resource assistance and consultation to students, families, and campus staff. The Guidance and Counseling Department provides equitable and accessible services for all students and families.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Goose Creek CISD Guidance Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. Goose Creek CISD Professional School counselors are proactive educators who facilitate positive academic, career, personal/social and emotional development of students by addressing student issues and concerns and providing interventions which remove barriers, which enables students to focus on learning and academic achievement.

School Counseling Program

Professional school counselors must provide a systematic, planned approach for helping all students acquire the skills necessary for successful academic, career, social and emotional development. Texas law requires school counselors to deliver guidance lessons and appropriate interventions. Professional school counselors must provide a systematic, planned approach for helping all students acquire the skills necessary for successful academic, career, social and emotional development. The Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program (TEC, 33.005) integrates four key components. Goose Creek CISD counselors follow the TEA 4-Component Model of a Comprehensive, Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program. The four components are: Guidance Curriculum, Responsive Services, Individual Planning, and System Support. The responsibilities of each area are:
  • Guidance and Curriculum - Guidance lessons on a variety of topics; large-group consultations with students
  • Responsive Services - Individual counseling sessions; parent consultations regarding individual student needs; coordination with outside referral sources
  • Individual Planning - Academic and career guidance; parent and student consultation regarding planning and goal-setting; interpretation and analysis of assessment instruments
  • System Support - Community outreach; parent education programs; teacher consultation; school improvement planning

School Counseling Services

Elementary Services

The scope of the services provided by the counselors includes:
  • orientation to new environments
  • individual and group counseling
  • guidance activities
  • information dissemination
  • parental consultations
  • referral to outside agencies
  • other topics and activities as deemed necessary and appropriate

 

Secondary Services

The scope of the services provided by the secondary counselors includes:
  • orientation
  • information dissemination
  • individual and group counseling
  • placement and scheduling
  • learner appraisal
  • interpretation of state-mandated assessments
  • identification of students with special abilities or needs
  • parental consultations
  • referrals to outside agencies
  • other topics and activities as the deemed necessary and appropriate

 

Parents are encouraged to call the counselor for assistance on any matter concerning the students.

Directory

HS Guidance & Counseling Team
Name Location Grade Phone
Georgia Lovell Goose Creek Memorial High School Lead Counselor, College & Career Readiness Counselor 281-421-4400
Danita Gallegos Goose Creek Memorial High School Social Worker 281-421-4400
Brandy Babcock Goose Creek Memorial High School (A-Dn) 281-421-4400
Kim Mitchell Goose Creek Memorial High School (Do-K) 281-421-4400
Michelle Armenta Goose Creek Memorial High School (L-R) 281-421-4400
Evelyn Mexas Goose Creek Memorial High School (Ri-Z) 281-421-4400
Robin Galvan IMPACT Early College High School All Grades 281-420-4802
Kristi Pizana IMPACT Early College High School College & Career Readiness Specialist 281-420-4802
Rachel Flinn IMPACT Early College High School, Peter E. Hyland Learning Center Social Worker 281-420-4802
Elaine Thomas Peter E. Hyland Learning Center All Grades 281-420-4555
Tommie Smith Peter E. Hyland Learning Center Pregnancy as a Related Service & New Arrival Center Counselor 281-420-4555
Faye Haley POINT Alternative School High School 6th-12th Grade 281-420-4630
Kim Barnard-Fox Robert E. Lee High School Lead Counselor, 9th Grade 281-420-4535
Lashonda Sloan Robert E. Lee High School Social Worker 281-420-4535
Jennifer Guillory Robert E. Lee High School College & Career Readiness Counselor 281-420-4535
Alice Ricks Robert E. Lee High School Deaf Education Counselor 281-420-4535
Nancy Rodriguez Robert E. Lee High School 10th Grade 281-420-4535
Stephanie Stevenson Robert E. Lee High School 11th Grade 281-420-4535
Loretta Acreman Robert E. Lee High School 12th Grade 281-420-4535
Brandy Onken Ross S. Sterling High School Lead Counselor, College & Career Readiness Counselor 281-420-4500
Thresa Caldwell Ross S. Sterling High School Social Worker 281-420-4500
Heather Workman Ross S. Sterling High School 9th Grade 281-420-4500
Laura Hernandez Ross S. Sterling High School 10th Grade 281-420-4500
Eutondra Lamark Ross S. Sterling High School 11th Grade 281-420-4500
Stacie Ritchie-Hinde Ross S. Sterling High School 12th Grade 281-420-4500
Laura Bagwell Ross S. Sterling High School 12th Grade 281-420-4500
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  • Naviance Family Connection is a comprehensive college and career readiness system designed especially for students and parents. Naviance helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals. The customizable college and career readiness tools empowers students and families to connect learning and life and provides information needed to help students prepare for life after high school. It also allows students to create an individualized learning plan for their futures by helping them discover their individual strengths and learning styles and explore college and career options based on their results.
  • Through self-discovery and collaboration with parents, teachers and school counselors, Naviance enables students to find college and career pathways that are right for them. The path to college and career readiness begins with self-discovery. Naviance lets students learn about their strengths and reflect on their interests. Assessments provide suggestions on how to apply personality traits in school, career and life.
  • The career planning and assessment tools in Naviance helps students discover multiple career options, and plan their career paths based on general areas of interest, and the level of education and training required to achieve their individual goals and objectives. These tools allow students to realize their goals, skills, knowledge, values, constraints and interests to help them make better academic decisions. During this process, students gain a clear understanding of the academic preparation required to pursue careers that are likely to be fulfilling to them.
  • Naviance helps students plan which courses they need to take to meet their college and career goals. Students build their own course plans, creating a sense of ownership over their paths through high school. The Course Planner helps students see how their plans affect their futures. Counselors and parents can view student plans and provide informed suggestions and encouragement.
  • Naviance makes college research easy by providing web resources about colleges, financial aid and other key topics in the college admissions process. Whether it's matching colleges to a student's career interests, or comparing admissions rates at a student's top college choices, Naviance allows students and families to make informed decisions. Students can compare colleges and universities, explore scholarship opportunities, and track the status of supporting application documents (transcripts and letters of recommendation).
  • Naviance Student is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you organize school work and the college planning process. Naviance Student gives you instant access to college research tools as well as upcoming and overdue tasks within Family Connection. Update the status of tasks, communicate with counselors, and manage the entire process on the go with Naviance Student! If you do not have a mobile passcode, log in to Family Connection, click "about me", then "Naviance Student mobile app". Click "Download App" and enter your email address to have a passcode emailed to you.

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School Social Work Department

The Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (GCCISD) School Social Work Department is a division of support personnel within the Guidance and Counseling Department. There are presently four Social Worker Interventionists who are each assigned to a high school and its feeder pattern junior school.
Social Worker Interventionists provide unique services to students and their families that assist students in attaining the maximum benefits from their educational program. Their graduate level training enables the Social Worker Interventionist to understand and interpret the impact school, home and community has on children and youth.
As a part of the educational team, Social Worker Interventionists assist and enhance student achievement in the classroom by developing strategies and interventions to improve academic, social and behavioral performance. Additionally, the collaboration with families and the community remove barriers that impede student performance and assist students in reaching their fullest academic potential to increase participation in all educational programs.
Social Work Department at Reach Out Walk
  • Name Campuses
    Danita Gallegos, LMSW Goose Creek Memorial HS, Highlands Junior School, POINT Alternative
    Destiny D. McCoy, LMSW IMPACT Early College HS, Peter E. Hyland Center
    Jana L. Williams, LMSW Ross S. Sterling HS, Gentry Junior School, Cedar Bayou Junior School
    Lashonda S. Sloan, LMSW Robert E. Lee HS, Baytown Junior School, Horace Mann Junior School
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  • GCCISD Social Worker Interventionists possess professional knowledge and skills that support Goose Creek CISD’s goals. The mission of the Goose Creek CISD School Social Work Department is to support school system beliefs by engaging the home, school and community in a relationship that provides relevant educational opportunities for students to reach their maximum potential and become responsible, productive citizens. Additionally, the School Social Work Department strives to provide services to students and their families that promote student performance, school completion, and success in the workplace. GCCISD Social Worker Interventionist goals: to assist Goose Creek public schools in improving academic achievement, to support the promotion of a positive school climate, and t o enhance parental involvement in the educational process.
  • As a member of the educational team, GCCISD Social Worker Interventionists work collaboratively with members of the educational team to promote and support students' academic and social/emotional well-being through:

    1. Consultation
    2. Crisis Intervention/Counseling
    3. Community Outreach
    4. School-Community Liaison
    5. Identification, Development and Coordination of Resources/services
    6. Health Care (prescriptions, eye/ear /dental /medical)
    7. Community support services (i.e., juvenile justice services, Department of Family and Children's Services, etc.)
    8. Financial/economic assistance(glasses, clothing, agencies for assistance with utilities)
    9. Family and Student Assessments
    10. Prevention/Intervention Strategies
    11. Mediation
    12. Home Visits
    13. Provide workshops, and trainings to schools, parents and communities on identified needs
    14. Counseling (individual, group, family)
    15. Agency Collaboration
    16. Brief Solution Focused Individual Counseling
    17. Program Development

    From the Desk of the Social Worker Interventionist

    The Social Worker Interventionist serves as a link between the school, home, and community by coordinating services and developing strategies and interventions to improve students' academic, social, and behavioral performance. Our training allows us to focus on students experiencing difficulties that interfere with their ability to attend school regularly, behave appropriately, or achieve academically.
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