Melissa Chapa Ramirez
Director of Guidance and Counseling
The United Independent School District Guidance and Counseling department’s mission is to implement a comprehensive school counseling program to promote student success through academic achievement, promote prevention and intervention activities to provide a safe and nurturing environment, provide social/emotional and career development and increase student’s admittance and success in institutions of higher learning.
United Independent School District’s Guidance & Counseling program provides competencies to fully develop each student’s academic, career, personal and social abilities in grades pre-K through 12th grade. Their main goal is to help make the student’s school experience a positive one so that their fullest potential can be reached, becoming happy, healthy, contributing members of society.
Counselors will implement A Comprehensive, Developmental Guidance and Counseling Program. This counseling program provides a systematic approach to helping students acquire and apply basic life skills by making desirable use of the special knowledge and skills of school counselors. The four (4) components that comprise this Model are:
Counselors provide services in the areas of Character Education, Bullying Prevention, Anger Management, Self Esteem, Substance Abuse Awareness, Parenting sessions, Violence Prevention and abide by Senate Bill 158 which reads: “Requires each elementary, middle, junior high and high school counselor to advise students and their parents regarding the importance of higher education, coursework designed to prepare students for higher education, and financial aid availability and requirements. Requires extensive student/parent counseling regarding higher education during the student’s first year in high school and again during the student’s senior year.”
The Professional School Counselor:
Students see their counselor by referral from:
|Melissa Chapa Ramirez||Director of Guidance and Counselingfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-5248|
|Laura G. Garcia||Instructional PEIMS Coordinatoremail@example.com||(956) 473-2182|
|Michelle B. Gonzalez||Guidance Program Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-2180|
|Elvira Salinas||Elementary Itinerant Counseloremail@example.com||(956) 473-5264|
|Christina Kaiser||Assistantfirstname.lastname@example.org||(956) 473-5254|