Elementary Counselor - Thornton Elementary

Temple Independent School District Temple , TX 76502

Posted 2 months ago


To provide education, career, and social guidance and counseling to all students; to assist students in achieving a smooth transition from childhood toward adulthood, and to provide students with opportunities for self-exploration and for development of skills needed in relating to mature adults.


  • Plans, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive and balanced program of guidance, including individual and group counseling services.

  • Uses a planning process to define needs, priorities and program objectives.

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of individual activities and the overall program in meeting desired student outcomes.

  • Educates the school staff, parents and community about the guidance program through a public information program.

  • Teaches the school developmental guidance curriculum effectively.

  • Outlines, in writing, a campus guidance curriculum consistent with the district's guidance program plan and tailored to campus needs.

  • Assists teachers in the teaching of guidance related curriculum.

  • Consults with administrators and teachers regarding the teachers' areas of responsibility in teaching the developmental guidance curriculum.

  • Supports teachers in teaching "essential knowledge and skills" identified in the SBOE Rules for Curriculum which are guidance-related.

  • Guides and involves individuals and groups of students through the development of educational plans and career awareness.

  • Presents relevant information accurately and without bias.

  • Counsels individual students and small groups of students with presenting needs/concerns.

  • Uses accepted theories and techniques appropriate to school counseling.

  • Consults with parents, teachers, administrators, and other relevant individuals to enhance their work with students.

  • Coordinates with school and community personnel to bring together resources for students.

  • Maintains a communication system that effectively collects and disseminates student information to other professionals, as appropriate.

  • Develops and maintains positive working relationships with other school professionals and with representatives of community resources.

  • Uses an effective referral process for assisting students and others to use special programs and services.

  • Participates in supporting the school group standardized testing program on testing days.

  • Is knowledgeable in the principles of testing and measurement which underlie standardized testing program development.

  • Interprets test and other appraisal results to school personnel, to students and their parents, appropriately.

  • Applies correctly principles of test and measurement to tests and other appraisal results interpretation.

  • Uses other sources of student data as assessment tools for the purpose of educational planning.

  • Maintains the confidentiality of student assessment.

  • Ensures that the uses of student records are for the benefit of students and personnel working with those students.

  • Adheres to and observes ethical and legal standards of the Texas and the American School Counselor Association.

  • Actively maintain and update the SS/HS Data Base as outlined in the grants GPRA measures 5 and 6.

  • Adheres to professional district standards.

  • Pursues continuous professional growth and development.

  • Keeps abreast of current and innovative procedures and practices in the fields of guidance and counseling and in education.

  • Selects counselor interventions appropriate to students' issues and circumstances.

  • Creates an atmosphere in which confidence, understanding, and respect result in a helping relationship.

  • Maintains positive working relationships with other counselors.

  • Maintains professional records.

  • Respects the integrity of the student.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. There may be alternatives to the below qualifications as the Board of Trustees may find appropriate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Master's degree and two years teaching experience.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret educational periodicals, professional journals, educational procedures, or governmental laws and regulations. Ability to write reports, educational correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from administrators, faculty, parents, students, community and general public.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Counseling certificate.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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Elementary Counselor - Thornton Elementary

Temple Independent School District