Tamara Collins



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Tamara Collins

Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner! My name is Tamara Collins, and I am excited about serving as the Counselor at Sallye Moore Elementary. This is my third year at Moore Elementary, but it is my tenth year as an educator in Grand Prairie ISD. I taught 3rd and 5th grade my first two years in GPISD, and served as a counselor the other years. I’ve also had the pleasure of teaching English in Seoul, South Korea for one year.

I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in Psychology and my Master’s degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University.

My goal is to help provide a safe and nurturing environment to all students. The counseling program provides an array of services, working with students and school staff to facilitate students’ learning and success. Counselors provide instruction and services that focus on the academic, career, and personal/social domains. I love to consult and collaborate with parents, teachers, school administrators, school psychologists, and social workers to develop plans to help students succeed. Elementary school counselors implement the counseling program by providing the following:

• Classroom Guidance
• Academic Planning
• Responsive Services
• System Support

Programs and Services
Individual Counseling-Referrals for counseling can be made by parents, teachers, students, and administrators. If you would like to refer your child for counseling, please feel free to contact me by phone at 972-522-4810 or email me at tamara.collins@gpisd.org.

Group Counseling-Referrals
for group counseling may be made by parents, teachers, and administrators. Group counseling consists of 4-6 students and last 6-12 weeks. Some of the group topics that may be offered are:

• Anger
• Friendship
• Divorce
• Grief/Loss
• Self-Esteem
• Stress/Anxiety

Handprints on Hearts (HoH) -- Handprints on Hearts was started in 2008. Several GPISD employees came together to create the district-wide mentoring program. Initially the program was geared towards faculty and staff members mentoring GPISD students. GPISD employees still comprise the majority of mentors; however, several campuses have also recruited community members to serve as mentors. Mentors are asked to make the following commitment:

• Mentor one student for one year
• Attend "Handprints on Hearts Mentoring Program" training
• Meet with their student weekly and check in with the school counselor
• Finally, have a great time and make a difference!
• If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact me at tamara.collins@gpisd.org for more information. It should be noted that non-GPISD employees must complete a criminal background check prior to volunteering.