Tracy Mercer, Block House Creek Elementary School Counselor

About Me:
I have been the school counselor at BHC since 2006. Before that I taught in a special education behavioral program at Cedar Park Middle School for eight years. I am a Leander HS graduate. GO LIONS! I attended Leander ISD schools since preschool! My teaching degree was obtained at The University of Texas at Austin. Hook Em Horns! I obtained my Master of Education in School Counseling degree at Texas State University. 

A professional school counselor is different from a therapeutic counselor. I am a teacher who has had special training to help students find success in education. 

Leander ISD's school counselors help children find success in school by promoting academic, career, personal, and social development. The comprehensive counseling program involves parents in decision making regarding their child's well being and education. Counselors in LISD may collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to identify barriers that may impede student achievement, knowing that every student is unique. They can help students attain positive attitudes towards themselves, their family and their community. 

The counseling program includes
Classroom Lessons: Lessons are taught to every classroom K-5th grades, about once per month. These lessons include conflict resolution, social skills, problem solving, goal setting, career exploration, classroom skills, self regulation, etc... Extra lessons may be taught to classes at teacher request.

Small Group Lessons: Support is provided to students through small group lessons at teacher and parent request. Some examples of small group needs are: coping with feelings, social skills, classroom skills, handling test anxiety, etc... Friendship groups meet during lunch to help students get to know other students. 

Individual Support: Students are met with individually depending on their current situation and need. Students are assisted with social, emotional, and academic problems. The goal is to help students to be successful in the classroom. Interventions are brief solution-focused interventions in which students are encouraged to come up with their own methods for solving their problems. Ongoing therapy is not provided. 

Parent & Teacher Collaboration: Teachers, staff, parents, administrators, and counselors collaborate to establish a positive, student-centered learning environment. They work together to create individual plans for students to manage their educational, personal, and social development.
I support the campus with these other areas as well (click on each item for more information): 
Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help your student. You may contact me at (512) 570-7616 or tracy.mercer@leanderisd.org