Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner!
Phone: 903-873-2841 ext. 7403
Degrees and Certifications:
Mrs. Sheila Lewis, CSC
Hello, School Family! I look forward to a great year. Here is a little about me. I am a graduate of Hardin Simmons University in Abilene with a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in 1994 and Amberton University in Garland with a Master of Arts in School Counseling in 2009. I have been in education for over 20 years and have taught at second, third, and fifth grades, and have been an elementary counselor for over a decade. I am married, have two grown sons, and two spoiled dogs! I enjoy reading and traveling all over the world!
I am passionate about fostering relationships with staff, students, parents, and the community. It is my goal to help facilitate learning and skills to become socially and emotionally healthy. Please let me know if I can help you in any way!
THE ROLE OF A COUNSELOR
First and foremost, counselors are advocates for all individuals (students, staff, and parents). Our goal is to foster effective communication between the home and school.
Guidance Curriculum: Providing guidance content in a systematic way to all students. Promoting awareness, skill development, and application of skills needed in everyday life through classroom guidance lessons.
Responsive Services: Addressing the immediate concerns of students through prevention and intervention.
Individual Planning: Assisting students in monitoring and understanding their own development. Addressing educational, career, and personal-social goals.
System Support: Support activities and services including professional/staff development, campus improvement plan, parent education, campus decision-making, committees, etc.
Non-Counseling: Gifted and Talented, testing, planning/coordinating special events, supervisory duties, administrative duties, etc.
Whether you are a single parent, grandparent raising a grandchild, blended family, or just a mother and father looking for help, there are plenty of resources out there for you. Here are a few:
ADAPT Mental Health Crisis Line and Mobile Crisis Team 1-866-260-8000
Andrews Center/ Behavioral Healthcare System 903-567-4197 or 800-256-5861
Terrell State Hospital 972-563-6452
Texas Department of Housing 800-792-1119
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital 214-559-5000
Van Zandt County 877-934-2131
Wills Point EMS 911 or 903-873-3011
Abuse Hotline 800-252-5400
Alcohol & Drug Abuse 800-246-4673
National Youth Crisis Hotline 800-448-4663
National Suicide Prevention 800-273-8255
Runaway Hotline 800-392-3352
The counselor here visits every classroom monthly during the school year. Character Education is integrated into the curriculum. There are six pillars of good character: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, fairness, and citizenship throughout the school year. Also discussed will be personal space, emotions, secrets, bullying, diversity, word choices and sharing.