Counselor’s Corner

Character Education
Throughout the school year, students will discuss and learn about these character traits: Respect, Responsibility, Citizenship, Caring, Fairness, and Trustworthiness. At Burks Elementary we strive to help the students become an individual with great character. Character is something that is inward and a part of who they will grow up to be! The students will also learn about Integrity, Stress/Anxiety Management, Positive Relationships, and Personal Safety.


This year, McKinney ISD is implementing a new initiative called “Live Kind!” What is Kindness? Kindness is an expression of acceptance and appreciation that inspires positive action. Kindness is possible when individuals possess the following key skills: Collaboration, Active Listening, Self-Regulation & Coping Skills, Empathy, and Speaking with Positive Intention. Students will learn from their teachers and the counselor about what it means to be kind through different “CASES” lessons each month. “Live Kind” will be a theme and common language inside and outside of Burks Elementary! Students, staff and parents will have opportunities to join in on the “Live Kind” movement whether it is doing random acts of kindness, donating materials or time for others, and being a part of a club or group that plans “Burks Lives Kind” projects. Parents and teachers will be able to tweet pics of their child performing acts of kindness to #BurksLivesKind or send pictures to their homeroom teacher, Mrs. Hinkebein or Mrs. Wallace to put their child’s pics on the Live Kind Shout Out slide at Good Morning Burks (GMB), our monthly pep rally. Dr. Rick McDaniel will be looking for students that stand out as Live Kind Student Champions at the end of the school year. If your child is going over and beyond with being involved with kindness at Burks, the teachers can nominate them to be recognized as a student champion.

How to reach the counselor?
I look forward to supporting you and your child in a successful school year. Please don’t hesitate to call me or email me with any questions or concerns regarding your child’s social, emotional or academic progress. I can be reached at 469-302-6234. My email is


Education: B.A., B.S., & Masters in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman’s University. I also worked and studied abroad in London, England at American Intercontinental University

Certification: Master’s in School Counseling and Development

Awards: “McKinney ISD Counselor of the Year” 2019-2020

     “CREST Award 2020-2021” – “Counselors Reinforcing Excellence in Texas”

A Little About Me:  I absolutely LOVE Burks Elementary! This will be my 19th year in education and my 14thyear as a school counselor. I taught middle school in Irving, TX for 3 years and also at Guyer High School in Denton, TX for 2 years. I was a school counselor in Denton, TX for 4 years before heading over to McKinney ISD! This is my 10th year at Burks Elementary and it is the best school in the WORLD! I love helping children work through their struggles, and also helping them find out what their strengths are so they can become leaders in the school. My advice to anyone, is to be thankful for what you have and also take away something positive from every situation (whether it is a good or bad situation). We all have obstacles, but it is how you face those obstacles that shows your true character! Be kind to everyone and remember to SMILE…because it is contagious!

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