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Meet Our Counselors

Hello, My name is DaVeida Pierson. I am the 8th grade counselor at Herman Furlough, Jr. Middle School. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002 from the University of North Texas.  I earned my Masters of Arts degree in School Counseling at Lamar University in 2014.

 

I am excited to serve the students of FMS as their counselor.  My goal is to implement a counseling program that meets the social, academic and career developmental needs of all students. Building loving, trusting relationships with students motivates me daily.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, whom I LOVE dearly. I was born and raised in Terrell and there is no better place to be than home. Go Tigers!

Contact Information:

daveida.pierson@terrellisd.org

972.563.7501 x6016

Hi Tiger Family! My name is Kelsey Robinson (aka Mrs. Rob).  I am the 7th grade counselor and testing coordinator at FMS.  I am in my 10th year in education and my first year as a counselor in Terrell.  I graduated with my bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University and a Master in Guidance and Counseling from Angelo State University. I believe that middle school is such an important developmental time.  I love that I can help my students in their daily life while also guiding them with their future plans. I know that being a counselor is what I was put on this earth to do, and I do not take that responsibility lightly. 

When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband who is a girls soccer coach in Kaufman.  We have an awesome 3 year old little boy that brings joy to my heart and others around him.  I love all things crafty and a fan of all sports. I am excited to be wearing red and ready to cheer on our Terrell Tigers!

Contact Information:

kelsey.robinson@terrellisd.org

972.563.7501

My name is Nancy Aviles. I am the 6 th grade counselor for Herman Furlough, Jr Middle School. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Amberton University. In 2006, I completed my
alternative certification in Secondary Business Composite Grades 6-12 at Region 10. As a teacher, I also  counseled several students in need of guidance. In 2011, I earned a Master of Science in School
Counseling from Texas A&M Commerce. I have lived in Kaufman County for over 40 years. It is a privilege to serve the Terrell Community. I advocate for student’s academic, career, personal and social success through the development of a comprehensive and culturally-relevant school counseling program. I am eager to build a positive rapport with students, parents/guardians, teachers, and
administrators. Thank you for accepting me as part of the Terrell ISD family.

Contact Information:

Nancy.Aviles@terrellisd.org

972.563.7501

 

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-Guidance

Planning/Coordinating special events, supervisory duties, administrative duties, etc.

GUIDANCE TOPICS

 

TISD counselors visit 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. Counselors also discuss personal space, emotions, secrets, bullying, diversity, word choices and sharing.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

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:

 

Community Resources: 

Genesis Center 972-932-4351

Healing Hearts Ministry 972-551-2700

My Guardian Angel-Divorce & Loss 214-887-0069

Lakes Regional Mental Health Center 972-524-4159 or 800-443-1831

ADAPT Community Solutions 1-866-260-8000

Texas Department of Housing 800-792-1119

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital214-559-5000

 

Hotlines: 

Abuse Hotline 800-252-5400

Alcohol & Drug Abuse 800-246-4673

National Youth Crisis Hotline 800-448-4663

Terrell Police Department 972-551-6622

Runaway Hotline 800-392-3352

 

Click here for a list of helpful websites.

TERRELL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

700 N. Catherine Street, Terrell, TX 75160
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