Counselor's Corner



Dear Parents and Guardians,

The counseling team at O. Garza elementary would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves as we have received many new families in our communities. The O. Garza counseling team is made up of Mrs. Gamboa and Mr. Huerta. We are so happy to be here and be a part of such a wonderful school and community!

O. Garza is a great school, but that doesn’t mean that our students won’t face challenges while they are here. I would like your children to know that they have an ally, and that there is always an adult at the school who will be on their side.

As Professional School Counselors, our primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students. Our team looks forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community.

Services Provided

As counselors, we have the privilege of working with every single student in the school. We will work with students at the classroom level, small group level, as well as short-term individual counseling level. Mrs. Gamboa and I will also be meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all students.

CLASSROOM GUIDANCE LESSONS: These lessons will be presented in the classroom for students in grades K-6. Lessons will teach developmentally appropriate, preventative lessons to all children.

GROUP COUNSELING: Group counseling is provided for small groups of students experiencing similar concerns. These may include making and keeping friends, anger management, coping with separation/divorce and or loss, getting organized/study skills and/or improving self-esteem. The groups generally range from 4 to 6 students and last for 6 to 8 sessions. The students for these groups can be recommended by parents/guardians or by staff members.

INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING: Short term, one-on-one counseling support is available to all students in grades K - 6. Students may self-refer or be referred to the counselors by teachers/staff and/or parents.

Any student can request to meet with Mrs. Gamboa or Mr. Huerta or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent. I encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child.

**Confidentiality**

Please note that all information discussed is confidential between the counseling department and your c