A message from Gloria Cruz-Gauna, Murchison Counselor
My role at Murchison is to help your child have a positive school experience. I make every effort to get to know each student personally and make each of them aware of the services I provide. I will be working closely with your child’s teacher throughout the year and will visit your child’s classroom for guidance lessons on a regular basis. If I can be of any support to you or your family, feel free to reach me at 512-594-6026 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will help in any way I can or I will put you in contact with other professionals who can meet your child’s needs. I look forward to working with you and your child!
My experience with children prior to school counseling includes classroom teaching and as a dance educator. I earned my Masters of Education Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX, and recently began my school counselor career at the middle school level in 2019. I have 8 years of experience in education, 6 of those years at the elementary level.
Counseling services available at Murchison
Classroom Counseling Lessons
I visit each classroom every three weeks and lead lessons on positive character traits, including being safe, respectful and responsible, by using games, books, and role plays.
Small Group Counseling
Some children meet in small groups with the counselor to work through problems or feelings they may be experiencing.Some small group topics include dealing with divorce, promoting positive self-esteem, building social skills, and motivational issues.
These topics are dealt with through art work, role playing, games, books and discussions.The groups will be held once a week for six weeks.
Referrals for individual students may be made by staff, parents or students themselves.The counselor meets with the student to understand their needs, give support and offer constructive suggestions.
Conferences are held with parents, teachers and administrators to facilitate development of appropriate services for students.
The counselor coordinates the Advanced Academics program, which includes assessing the student’s skills and organizing the components of the student’s profile. She is also the coordinator for TELPAS - the English language proficiency assessment.
One of the counselor’s jobs is to involve the students of Murchison in community wide efforts. Some projects include a Thanksgiving Food Drive, a Christmas Toy Drive, recruiting mentors from Hendrickson High School, along with several others throughout the year.
Ways to help your student be more successful in school:
*arrive at school on time
*get plenty of sleep
*homework should be done in a quiet place
*ask your child specific questions about their day
* communicate positively with teachers and other school personnel