Carrie Hontz
Carrie Hontz
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Lauren Nichols

Carrie Hontz:
Welcome to Union Hill! I am excited about this school year and all the wonderful things we have planned for your children. I will be one of your child’s School Counselors this year. I have been in School Counseling since 2008. Prior to transitioning to counseling, I taught Kindergarten, First and Third grades all at Union Hill! A little about me: My husband, Andrew and I have a son and a daughter named Porter and Caroline. I received by my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from the The University of Texas! Hook ‘Em!

Lauren Nichols:
Bienvenido! This is my first year as a school counselor, and I am so happy to be part of the Union Hill family. I feel very blessed to be here. I previously taught middle school and high school English before transitioning to the elementary level. A little about me: I have been married for two years, I love to read, drink coffee, bake, travel, and go on long walks, and I am always working on my Spanish-speaking skills. I would be happy to practice with you! I attended Baylor University for my Bachelor’s in education and the University of Texas as Tyler for my Master’s in school counseling..

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
We believe:
– 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

Counseling Services
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