DeSoto High School Counseling Center

What is a professional school counselor?

The role of the DeSoto ISD counselors is to help all students at their local campuses fully develop their academic, career, personal, and social abilities. School counselors work with the school faculty and staff, students, parents, and the community to plan, implement, and evaluate developmental guidance and counseling programs for all students. (TEC. Section 33.005)

What are their qualifications?

DeSoto ISD counselors are state-certified professionals with a master’s degree in counseling that have a minimum of two years of classroom teaching experience. They must have passed a state mandated test and received certification from the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). Counselors continue their professional development by attending workshops and conferences on an ongoing basis.

What does a school counselor do?

The school counselor’s job includes the following:
- Counsel individuals and small groups of students to meet identified needs. 
- Deliver the guidance curriculum and assist teachers with the school’s guidance curriculum. 
- Consult with parents, teachers, and other staff regarding concerns about student’s needs. 
- Coordinate people and resources in the community for the benefit of students. 
- Participate in planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program to serve all students. 
- Know about and adhere to the ethical, legal, and professional standards of the counseling profession. 

How does a student contact the school counselor?

Students may come by or contact the counseling office anytime to make an appointment or speak with a counselor. Students may also be referred to a counselor by a teacher, administrator, staff member, parent, or peer. Counselors may also request to visit with a student based on observations or concern with a student’s behavior or actions.

Counseling Staff (2021-2022)

Tamsyn Butler - 9th Grade (A-K)
Folade Burles - 9th Grade (L-Z)
Alanna Jefferson - 10th Grade (A-K)
Emmanuel Covington - 10th Grade (L-Z) 
Linda Lynn - 11th Grade (A-K)
Latonya Epps - 11th Grade (L-Z)
Vanesia Wright - 12th Grade (A-K)
Radiah Dewberry - 12th Grade (L-Z)
Melanie Joshua - Early College (A-K)
Alaina Shelby - Early College(L-Z)