Counselors' Corner

Request for Assistance

Our mission is to provide a proactive, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate program to address students' academic and career goals in addition to supporting their personal and social needs. This is accomplished through a partnership with parents/guardians, staff, and community members to enable all students to become successful, productive citizens, and lifelong learners in a diverse and changing world.

Counselor FAQs

Counselor FAQs

  • What do I do if I want to see a counselor?

If you need to speak with a counselor, click on the Request for Assistance Link. Fill out the form, and a counselor will contact you as soon as possible. If it is an emergency, go by the Counselor's Corner (located in C wing) OR call our office.

  • What do I do if I want to set up a parent conference?

If you need to set up a parent conference, call our office or complete a Request for Assistance, and one of the counselors will set it up for you. Times do vary by grade level and availability of teachers.

  • When is it appropriate to contact my child’s school counselor?

Contact your child’s school counselor with questions or concerns regarding issues that may be affecting your child’s academic progress. Such issues could include family changes, social difficulties, or mental health problems.

  • How is a school counselor different from a therapist?

School counselors help students to be ready for learning by providing short-term assistance with particular issues that may be acting as road blocks to the child’s education. Therapists treat mental health disorders in an on-going, regularly scheduled basis. If a child is upset or distressed in school, we will work with the child in order to help the child be ready to learn. For issues that go beyond the scope of school counseling, we can provide community resources to the parent.

  • Do school counselors make mental health diagnoses?

School counselors do not make mental health diagnoses. We do, however, use direct observation, input from parents, teachers and other staff, and information from the student to create a portrait of the student in the school environment. This information is used by the counselor in conjunction with the teachers to determine strategies to help the student to be more successful in the school setting.

About Us

Mrs. Mitchell

Greetings, Tigers! I am thrilled to be a part of the most fabulous team of educators and administrators as your 5th grade counselor at BIS this year! I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from LSU and my Master of Arts in Counseling & Guidance from Louisiana Tech University. My husband, Kerry, and I have been married for almost 28 years and we have triplet boys, Blake, Carter, and Drew, who are entering college this year.. In my free time, I love to travel with my family, play tennis, shop, and spectate at my boys' sports & band events. I cannot wait to meet each of you! Geaux Tigers!

Mrs. Cooper

Hi, Tigers! I am proud to be a part of a great team serving the students and families as the 6th grade counselor. I graduated from LSUS with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and received my Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Guidance from Louisiana Tech. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 27 years. I have 2 daughters, Ella and Madeline. I enjoy reading, being crafty, and spending time with my family. I'm looking forward to this school year and getting to know the amazing students at BIS!!


Debbie Mitchell, 5th Grade Counselor 318-549-5313

Heidi Cooper, 6th Grade Counselor 318-549-5322