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Where Students Come First

Meet Our Counselor

My name is Alicia Polk. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team of staff, students, and parents of W.H. Burnett Elementary School. I taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grade reading before becoming a school counselor. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Paul Quinn College and my Master’s in Counseling from Prairie View A&M. 

 

I am married and have two wonderful children. When not at work, I enjoy shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends. 

 

I am looking forward to a great year full of fun, learning, and growing!

Contact Information:

alicia.polk@terrellisd.org

972.563.1452 x1104

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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