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Meet Our Counselors

Mrs. Dudynski here! I am currently a 5th grade math teacher at GLA and excited to also serve as the counselor intern on our campus. I received my Bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and I am completing my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling through Texas A&M-Commerce as well. My research focus has been on play therapy, trauma studies,anxiety and mindfulness. I have been working in Terrell ISD for 9 years, the bulk of my experience was at Dr. Bruce Wood.  Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family hiking, playing disk golf and doing jigsaw puzzles. I grew up in Quinlan and went to Boles ISD, later graduating fromGreenville High School. Terrell ISD has always been my home away from home and I am so excited to see what's next for our district, community and families! I look forward to continuing to serve the amazing students, staff, and families in Terrell ISD.  Together we are never alone!

April Dudynski

Counselor Intern

april.dudynski@terrellisd.org

972-562-1443 x3621

My name is Kelly Kilpatrick. I am the school counselor at Gilbert WIllie, Sr. Elementary School and support counselor for the Global Leadership Academy. GWE is one of four K-5 schools in Terrell ISD.

 

I can be reached via phone, email, or Google Form request. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns and I will be more than happy to help. I look forward to hearing from you!

Kelly Kilpatrick

GWE Counselor & GLA Support Counselor

kelly.kilpatrick@terrellisd.org

972-562-1443 x2108

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

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