Carrie Hontz has worked at Union Hill since its opening in 2002 as a teacher in kindergarten, first, and third grades. Carrie transitioned into Counseling in 2007 after finishing her master’s degree in School Counseling at The University of Texas at Austin.
I am excited about being one of the School Counselors at Union Hill Elementary this school year. This is my first year as a counselor and my first year at Union Hill. Before coming here, I was a 1st grade teacher in North Carolina, then a 1st and 3rd grade Dual Language teacher in Austin. I have a bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. I am happy to be here and I look forward to working with you!
Mission Of The Department
The mission of the RRISD school counseling program is to provide a
comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career and personal/social development of all students.
Professional School Counselors:
– Provide support to maximize student potential and academic achievement
– Facilitate the support system to ensure all students in RRISD have access to and are prepared with the knowledge and skills at the highest level to be contributing members of a diverse community
– Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association
– Participate in professional development activities essential to maintain a quality school counseling program
– All students have dignity and worth
– All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program
– All students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual differences and special
needs are considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program
– All students shall have access to a state-certified professional school counselor to deliver the counseling program
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING: Students may visit with their counselor when they have any special need.
CLASSROOM GUIDANCE: Classes primarily dealing with prevention and developmental issues including self-esteem, peer pressure, communication skills, conflict resolution skills, career exploration, and problem solving are taught throughout the school year at the elementary level and at the secondary levels when appropriate.
SUPPORT GROUPS: These small groups meet to address student concerns and develop skills to deal with life issues such as anger management, divorce, friendship, social skills, grief, self esteem, and stress management.
Purpose of Individual Counseling, Group Counseling and Classroom Guidance:
To develop interpersonal and intrapersonal skills
To help students better understand themselves and others
To develop communication skills
To build self confidence
To encourage students to recognize and make the best use of their capabilities to provide opportunities for students to feel successful
To talk with students about educational, personal and social concerns
To help students adjust to school and home environments
To develop students’ awareness of the world of work
To teach students the decision making / problem solving process
To foster a caring, safe environment for children
To teach conflict resolution skills