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Counseling Services
3819 Towne Crossing Blvd
Mesquite, TX 75150

Kristy Davis, MS, LPC              Director of Counseling

Amanda Carroll              Elementary Guidance Coordinator

Tom Edwards, LCSW

Student and Family Support Coordinator

Our mission is to promote student achievement and personal/social development for all students. MISD Counseling Services strive to provide students with the "best care, anywhere," and to be a model for effective school counseling across the state. Counselors encourage students to change the odds in their favor, empower them to be over-comers, be resilient and choose their own path, with determination to succeed and positively impact the world around them. 

Mesquite ISD provides "wrap-around" comprehensive counseling programs at all of its schools in accordance with Texas Education Agency (TEA) and The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, 5th edition.  The MISD counseling program is the winner of numerous Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas (CREST) awards and a Texas School Safety Center School Safety Spotlight Award. 

School counseling programs offer a variety of services divided into four areas: guidance curriculum, responsive services, individual planning, and system support.  School Counselors in MISD are here to support students, families, and staff in student success and development. 

Guidance Content Areas

Intrapersonal Effectiveness

  • Positive student self-concept 
  • Effective executive functioning skills 
  • Appropriate behavior to the situation and environment

Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Effective interactions with diverse populations 
  • Effective and appropriate communication skills 
  • Effective conflict resolution skills 
  • Development of healthy relationships

Personal Health and Safety

  • Incorporation of wellness practices into daily living 
  • Demonstration of resiliency and positive coping skills 
  • Possession of assertiveness skills necessary for personal protection 

Post-Secondary Planning and Career Readiness

  • Motivation to succeed in personal endeavors 
  • Demonstration of career exploration skills 
  • Possession of the knowledge and skills to gather information for the purpose of post-secondary education and career planning
  • Demonstration of awareness of the importance of postsecondary education 
  • Understanding of the relationship of academics to the world of work and to life at home and in the community 

Congratulations to the 36 campuses representing Mesquite ISD as 2024 CREST Winners!

C. W. Beasley Elementary
Beasley Elementary
Ben F. Tisinger Elementary 
BJ Smith Elementary 
Dr. J.C. Cannaday Elementary 
Floyd Elementary
G. R. Porter Elementary 
Galloway Elementary
Hanby Elementary 
Henrie Elementary
Hodges Elementary
J C Rugel Elementary
J.C. Austin Elementary 
JH Florence Elementary
Judge Frank Berry Middle School
Kimbrough Middle School
Lanny Frasier Middle School
McDonald Middle School
Mesquite High School
Motley Elementary
North Mesquite High School
Poteet High School
Range Elementary
Ruby Shaw Elementary 
Shands Elementary
Thompson Elementary
Tosch Elementary
Vanguard High School
Vernon Price Elementary
W. O. Gray Elementary School
West Mesquite High School
Wilkinson Middle School
Dr. Don P. Woolley Middle School
Dr. John D. Horn High School 
Rutherford Elementary 
Terry Middle School 

CREST is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to obtaining results. CREST helps counselors to evaluate their counseling programs, promote their programs to the stakeholders in their districts, demonstrate the effectiveness of their guidance and counseling programs through empirical means, and to implement the Texas and National models for school counseling programs.

Congratulations to our 2024 School Counselor's of the Year!!! 

Rick Benavidez also received the Texas School Counselor Association Secondary Counselor of the Year for the state of Texas. We are so proud of these amazing Counselors for providing "Best Care, Anywhere" for their students. 

Jackie Orr, Galloway Elementary
Elizabeth Baker, Vanguard High School
Rick Benavidez, North Mesquite HS