Where Students Come First
Meet Our Counselor
Debbie J. Anderson is originally from Dallas, Texas. She attended Trinity Valley Community College where she received her Associate Degree in 1986. Mrs. Anderson continued on to The University of Texas at Tyler where she received her bachelor's degree in Education and a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She went on to teach Special Education while working on her graduate studies. Mrs. Anderson received her master's degree in 1991, majoring in Special Education and Diagnostics. After completing additional course work for her certificate in School Counseling, Mrs. Anderson began counseling at Douglas and Peete Elementary Schools in Tyler, Texas during the 1993-94 school year. Since 1999, she has served the students and families of Terrell as an Elementary School Counselor. When not at work, Mrs. Anderson likes to spend time caring for her family.
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.
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.
Addressing the immediate concerns of students through prevention and intervention.
Assisting students in monitoring and understanding their own development. Addressing educational, career, and personal-social goals.
Support activities and services including professional/staff development, campus improvement plan, parent education, campus decision-making, committees, etc.
Planning/Coordinating special events, supervisory duties, administrative duties, etc.
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.
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:
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 Hospital 214-559-5000
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