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Guidance Program



The School Counselor serves many important functions on a campus.  One of these is to teach Guidance lessons.  Your child gets to come to a guidance class just like they get to go to the library, the computer lab, PE, music, or art.   In a guidance class the counselor focuses on issues that the school community have singled out as needing attention, like bullying, stress, Character Education, self esteem, and being a successful student. Counselors use the following Seven Skill Goals as a guide to address these issues:

  • Self-Confidence Development - value their uniqueness and manage their feelings
  1. Motivation to Achieve - develop their academic potential and identify career opportunities
  2. Decision Making/ Goal Setting / Problem Solving - manage change and make good decisions
  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness - respect others and develop healthy friendships
  4. Communication Skills - express themselves appropriately and listen to others
  5. Cross Cultural Effectiveness - appreciate their own culture, be respectful of other cultures, and appreciate differences
  6. Responsible Behavior - accept responsibility for their actions and be self-disciplined 


Another purpose we serve on a campus is to provide counseling.  Students can come to see the counselor one on one, or students can be part of a counseling group with other children who have a similar concern (i.e. a having a parent who is deployed). Counseling sessions happen during the school day and the sessions are 30 minutes each.

How does a student get to see their counselor for sessions?

  • they can refer themselves by writing the counselor a note
  • a parent can refer their child by writing a note, and e-mail, or calling the counselor to request the sessions
  • a teacher can refer a student by e-mailing the counselor
  • an administrator can refer a student
  • counselor invitation

Parent permission is required and a permission slip will be sent home with your child.

School counselors work with school faculty and staff, students, parents, and the community to plan, implement, and evaluate developmental guidance and counseling programs for all students and we value your input.


Meet The Counselor

Ms. Marla Schoonover 397-0476

Hello, my name is Marla Schoonover and I am extremely excited to to be working with you and  your children at Powell Elementary again this school year!  I am looking forward to getting to know every Thunderbird this year! Please let me know if there's ever anything I can do to be of service.

I obtained a Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1993, and a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2007. This will be my third year as a school counselor, however, it will be my eighteenth year of educating and making a difference in the lives of children. Powell is a wonderful place for kids! My office is located in the back of building A across from the water fountains.

 I have two wonderful children that also attend Northside schools. My son is 17, and my daughter is 15.

Thank you for visiting my web page! Come back often to view links and for information on upcoming events! Feel free to drop by and visit anytime. I'm looking forward to meeting and working with the wonderful families in our school!

Kindest Regards,

Ms. Marla Schoonover, M.A.    

"Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it."  Unknown



Find out more about Guidance!

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Look What's Happening at Powell!

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Powell Elementary, Counselor's Office Bld. A 8/31/2010 6:00 PM

Guidance Lessons

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Guidance Lessons.pdf 8/21/2010