Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Tamara Collins.
Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner! My name is Tamara Collins, and I am excited about serving as the Counselor at Whitt Fine Arts Academy. This is my seond year at Whitt, but it is my 12th 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 972-343-4910 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Group Counseling-Referrals for group counseling may be made by parents, teachers, and administrators. Group counseling consists of 4-6 students and last 5-8 weeks. Some of the group topics that may be offered are:
Social Emotional Learning- I teach Social Emotional Learning Lessons in every classroom each month using the Second Step curriculum. The main focus of these lessons is to provide: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, Relationship Skills, and Social Awareness. The goal of these lessons is to provide students with skills they can use in everyday life. A counseling newsletter will be sent home each month sharing more about the topic and upcoming school wide activities. A copy of the newsletter will also be posted on the Whitt Fine Arts Academy Counseling webpage.
College and Career- GPISD counselors guide students from the “Cradle to Career”. It is my goal to educate students about the plethora of colleges and careers available for them to explore. Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of college and career activities throughout the year. Some of those activities include Career Cruising, Peer to Peer Career Fair, Career Poster Contest, and to participate in GenTX Week.