Degrees and Certifications:
Graduated from Jarvis Christian College with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education. Graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with a Master of Science in School Counseling.
Welcome! Hello Austin parents! My name is Latavia Rivers, and I am the school counselor of Austin Elementary! The school counselor is a trained professional who works as part of your child's team. I work in partnership with students, teachers, parents, and the community to help your child have a successful and positive school experience. I understand that each child is unique; some need someone to listen to their concerns, whereas others may need support in developing problem solving and decision-making skills. Whatever the concern, I am here to listen to your child and to help them feel safe and comfortable.
I have been in education since 2007. This school year marks my 10th year! I began my career as a high school English teacher. I have served as a school counselor on the middle and elementary level- this year marks my 5th year in school counseling. My experience in education has been extremely rewarding; I enjoy the surprises that each day has to offer! Instilling joy and soft skills within children are my favorite part about being a school counselor!
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from Jarvis Christian College. In addition, I possess a Master of Science degree in School Counseling, and school counseling licensure, from Texas Wesleyan University. I am a licensed to teach English, Language Arts, and Reading 8-12, and I am ESL certified. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a lifetime member of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping, traveling, DIY home improvement, fine arts, and reading.
BRIEF OVERVIEW OF PROGRAMS & SERVICES…
Individual Counseling: Counselor helps to provide a supportive and confidential environment for students to work toward personal, social, and academic growth.
Group Counseling: Group sessions are offered to students, which may include Divorce, Grief, Life Skills, Study Skills, and more.
Guidance Lessons: Classroom Guidance lessons include various topics: Anti-Bullying, Career Readiness, Drug & Tobacco Awareness, Self-Awareness, Appropriate Behavior, and more!
Mediation/Conflict Resolution: Provide a safe and supportive atmosphere for students to communicate feelings and differences in order to resolve conflict in a peaceful manner.
Transitional Support: Assist in student’s transition to middle school, and more.
Parent/Teacher Support: Consult with parents and teachers to develop appropriate academic and social supports needed for students' personal and academic success.
I can be reached via email at Latavia.Rivers@gpisd.org, or in office at 972-343-4610. Please do not hesitate to let me know what I can do to assist your child in having a successful school year!