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 joining the most fabulous team of educators and administrators as your 5th grade counselor at BIS this inaugural 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 26 years and we have triplet boys, Blake, Carter, and Drew, who attend Benton High School. In my free time, I love to travel with my family, play tennis, shop, and watch my boys' sports & band events. I cannot wait to meet each of you! Geaux Tigers!

Mrs. Welch

Hello TiGeRs! I am so excited to be a part of BIS as your 6th grade school counselor. I was born and raised in Bossier Parish. I am a graduate of Haughton High School. I taught 8th grade for 12 years before pursuing a Master's Degree in school counseling. I have been married for 22 years to my high school sweetheart, Shannon, and we have three boys, Garrett 20, Gage 18, and Graham 12. I love to run, spend time with family, and cheer on the LSU Tigers.


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

Jennifer Welch, 6th Grade Counselor 318-549-5322