Passed National Counselor Examination (NCE) spring 2016 and was awarded License as Professional Counselor Intern May 2016 – under supervision from Michelle Griffith, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
Graduated Texas A&M University – Commerce with M.S. December 2015
Graduated LeTourneau University Longview, Texas Summa Cum Laude with B.S. in May 2011
High School graduate from piney woods East Texas area
Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPC Intern) working under Michelle Griffith; M.S., LPC Supervisor
Masters of Science in Community Counseling
Bachelors of Science in Business Administration
PATH International Certified Riding Advanced Instructor
PATH International Certified Driving Instructor – Level II
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training
This is my third year on staff as a Counselor with Bonham ISD and my first at BHS. I am super excited about this new opportunity since counseling teens has been my dream for over 15 years.
My job description includes all non-academic counseling related services some of which include:
This is not an exhuastive list and other exciting programs are in the works for coming years such as the Positive Behavior Initative. This will encourage students who are making choices to strengthen and encourage a school culture where peers support one another in greater positive actions.
In January 2015, I began with Bonham ISD as a counseling Student Intern at Finley-Oates Elementary school working under the supervision of Michelle Griffith; M.S., LPC Supervisor. After my graduation from Texas A&M University – Commerce, I was hired full-time as the Counselor for Finley-Oates Elementary.
Prior to moving to this area, I had a total combined 15 years experience as a volunteer and then full-time PATH Intl. Therapeutic Instructor with Windridge Therapeutic Equestrian Center.As an instructor, I learned about the therapeutic possibilities between animals and people of all ages. I taught children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional, and mental health needs to ride and drive horses as a means of therapy. This opportunity helped me strengthen the desire to become a fully licensed counselor.
I am truly blessed to be the oldest of 6 siblings who have allowed me to be a significant part of their lives since we were all very small. I often look back on our life growing up and realize how much I learned about the importance of human connection, love and belonging, mutual support, as well as how we learn from and teach one another at the same time. My greatest joy in life is spending time with my siblings and their families, especially my young niece and two nephews.
I have a Great Dane/Labrador Retreiver young dog who I hope to train to be a part of my work as a counselor. In addition I own three horses, a Thoroughbred, an Arabian, and an Arabian cross (mixed breed). I would love to compete in Dressage one day. Although this is an Olympic summer event sport, I doubt I will reach that level of accomplishment, but I sure enjoy watching the beauty of a horse and human moving as though dancing.