Meet Ms. AlexanderDearing Elementary Counselor
Dearing Elementary Main Office: 512-594-4500
Counselor's Office: 512-594-4526 (please leave a message and allow up 24 business hours for a return call. I am rarely in my office. When I am in the office, it is most likely that I am with students).
A little about Ms. Alexander
This is my 7th year at Dearing Elementary School (DRES), I have been here since the school opened in 2014. My other school counseling experiences were at Timmerman, and prior to that, Walnut Creek Elementary in Austin ISD. My classroom experience is in the primary grades, Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade. This is my 22nd year in public education.
My Master’s Degree is in Professional Counseling and School Counseling. I hold two (2) Bachelor’s Degrees. My first Bachelor’s degree is in Human Services Administration from Hastings College. My second is from St. Edward’s University in History/Education. I attended The University of Texas-Austin for my Kindergarten Certification.
I enjoy reading, traveling, scuba diving, exercising, and many outdoor activities. I am a pescatarian, my favorite food is a pizza with lots of veggies, and extra cheese-Delish! My favorite colors are silver, black, and green.
It is my goal to make sure all students know who the counselor is at Dearing, and in what ways I can help them. Building and facilitating relationships with the students is key to a school counselor, at any grade level. Once the relationships are built, students, we gain the trust of students, making it more likely for them to reach out with problems/concerns. I am happy to say that DRES is a Capturing Kids Hearts campus, which aligns perfectly with the counseling framework.
The primary goal of a school counselor is to help students with social and emotional needs so they can better focus on academic acceleration. I do classroom guidance which focus on self-esteem, bucket filling, personal space, friendships, diversity, drug-awareness, career readiness, and more.
I help support teachers to ensure that each student’s academic needs are being met. Sometimes it may look like putting organizational skills in place for the student at school or home. A small group may be a good fit for a student who is experiencing, for example, difficulty with transitioning to a new grade/new school, friendships, test anxiety, etc. Other times, I may need to refer families to outside resources for student concerns/issues that cannot be addressed in the school setting.
I am happy to be a part of the staff at DRES. I am excited to see the returning students and look forward to meeting the new Dearing Eagles.