Degrees and Certifications:
Professional School Counselor
My name is Shannon Howell and I am your student’s school counselor for the 2016-2017 school year. I am so excited to be part of the Bowie Bobcat staff. This will be my 5th year in Grand Prairie as a Counselor. I have 11 years’ experience in school counseling and worked at all levels as a Counselor. Prior to school counseling, I was a special education teacher for 4 years.
I’ve earned my Bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Studies (Human Services) and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. I am married and have two children that keep my very busy. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, walking and spending time with my family.
As a partner in your child’s success, it is my goal to ensure that your student has the resources to be successful this year. To best accomplish this goal, I will implement a comprehensive counseling program that will focus on large group guidance as well as the individual needs of students. I am looking forward to working with you as partner in your child’s success!
The school counselor is a trained professional who works as part of your child's team. School counselors work in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and the community to help your child to have a successful and positive school experience. School counselors understand that each child is different. Some students just need someone to listen to their concerns, whereas others may need help in developing problem solving and decision-making skills. Whatever the concern, the school counselor is there to listen to your child and to help your child to feel safe and comfortable within the elementary school.
Sometimes parents need support and guidance as well. School counselors are also trained to work with parents and can be seen as a great resource to the parents and school staff. The mission of the Counseling Office is to promote student success by providing academic, career, personal, and social counseling.
Individual Counseling: Provide a supportive and confidential environment for students to work toward personal, social, and academic growth.
Group Counseling: Group sessions are now being offered to students, which may include Divorce, Grief, and Study Skills.
Guidance Lessons: Classroom Guidance lessons include: Anti-Bullying, Careers, Drug & Tobacco Awareness, Self-Awareness, Appropriate Behavior, and other important topics.
Mediation/Conflict Resolution: Provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for students to communicate feelings and differences in order to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner.
Transitional Support: Assist in orienting students as they move from daycare to elementary school as well as from elementary school to the middle school.
Parent/Teacher Support: Consult with parents and teachers to develop appropriate academic and social supports needed for students' personal and academic success.