Welcome Wieland Parents
My name is Tonya Mathews. I am a certified school counselor with a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Angelo State University. I have 16 years of experience in education. I began my career as a school counselor in 2013.
I look forward to working with your child this year. I want your child’s experience at Wieland to be a positive one. I make every effort to get to know each student personally and make each of them aware of the services I provide. I will be working closely with your child’s teacher throughout the year and will visit your child’s classroom for guidance lessons on a regular basis.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child and feel I may be able to help, please feel free to contact me via phone at 512-594-3926 or via my email address
. I will help in any way I can, or I will put you in contact with other professionals who can meet your child’s needs.
Counseling Services Available at Wieland
Every three weeks, I will visit your child’s classroom and teach a guidance lesson to the group. These lessons are designed to help your child become successful at school and in life. The topics will include promoting self-esteem, goal setting, problem solving skills, character education, personal safety, and bullying prevention. These lessons are taught through books, games, group discussions, puppets and role playing.
Small Group Counseling
Some children meet in small groups with the counselor to work through problems or feelings they may be experiencing. Some small group topics include dealing with divorce, promoting positive self-esteem, building social skills, and motivational issues. These topics are dealt with through art work, role playing, games, books and discussions.
The groups will be held once a week for eight weeks. If this opportunity is offered to your child, you will receive a permission slip from me. You may also request that your child participate in one of these groups by calling me or your child's teacher.
I am also available to speak with parents or children individually about situations that may arise. Referrals for individual counseling may be made by staff, parents or students themselves. I meet with the student to understand their needs, give support and offer constructive suggestions. Please keep in touch with your child's teacher about any major changes that occur in your child's life.
Conferences are held with parents, teachers and administrators to facilitate development of appropriate services for students.
One of my jobs is to involve the students of Wieland in community wide efforts. Some of the projects include a Thanksgiving food drive, a Christmas toy drive, adopt-a-child, etc.
Ways to help your student be more successful in school:
*arrive at school on time
*get plenty of sleep
*homework should be done in a quiet place
*ask your child specific questions about their day
* communicate positively with teachers and other school personnel