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Mrs. Courtney Christten
Dear Stevens Elementary Family,
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Mrs. Christten and I am the new PK-5 Stevens Elementary School Counselor. I am so excited to be part of the Stevens Elementary family; already it is so apparent how close-knit and welcoming the Stevens Elementary community is, I feel very lucky to be part of it!
My passion for school counseling began during my time as a student at Prairie View A&M University where I received my Bachelor of Science degree and where I earned my Master of Arts degree in Counseling. I have worked in education for over 10 years. What I love most about the elementary level is the genuine curiosity students have in their learning and the world around them, as well as the opportunity for early intervention support that can have a lifetime positive impact on a child.
As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. Many times, I get puzzled looks when I say I provide career development at the elementary level, but it is never too early for children to be exposed to the opportunities their futures will hold! I look forward to offering support to the Stevens Elementary students, staff, families, and community. I will be meeting with students virtually individually and in small groups, conducting classroom counseling lessons including the SEL curriculum, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all Stevens Elementary students.
You may have noticed above that I put in bold and underlined the word, “all” students. Sometimes when the term “counselor” is heard, some may perceive that a counselor may only work with a select few students in a 1:1 counseling capacity, but that is not the case! School Counseling programs reach and meet the needs of all students in a school through many various ways, including those listed above. I am here to advocate for all students.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, or do not wish to have your child participate in these school counseling services, please do not hesitate to call 713- 613-2546 or email me CourtneyChristten@hisd.org at any time. I am so excited to work with your children and get to know you throughout the school year!
All the best,
Courtney Christten Stevens Elementary School Counselor