Bagdad Counselors


We want you to know that we are here for you and your family during this time of uncertainty. We are still reachable, and are here for your student's and family's counseling needs. Our current office hours are Monday through Friday:

Claudia Ruiz: 10 am to 12 noon

Lisa DeMoss: 12 noon- 2 pm.

We will also be responding to emails and setting up virtual conferences as needed during this time. Please use the form below to request a virtual conference.

For the most current information regarding COVID-19 school closures and curriculum expectations, visit the Leander ISD Webpage.

If you are having a mental health emergency or experiencing suicidal ideation, please contact with 911 or the resources listed below.

Crisis Text Line:

Text “Home” to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Bluebonnet Trails Community Services 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-800-841-1255

Integral Care 24 Hour Help Line 512-472-HELP (4357)

How can I help my child during this time?

Check out this information (available in Spanish too) and video on how to talk to your kids about Coronavirus:

Lisa DeMoss

This is my sixth year at Bagdad and I love this school! I have been in education for 16 years, all in Leander ISD. I love working in Leander ISD, where we put kids first! Prior to education, I was in social work. I have four adult children, ages 20-23. When I am not busy with my husband and kids, I enjoy gardening, reading, and listening to live music.

Claudia Ruiz

This is my fourteenth year at Bagdad. I have worked as a third grade teacher and am priviledged to serve our students as a counselor. I love our school and our students! I am the mother of a wonderful daughter, who is attending Texas State University. I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, and being with friends.

As school counselors, We have many areas that serve the families at Bagdad. Some of them are:

Responsive Services:

We provide services to individual or small groups of students depending on their current need. We help students with social, emotional, academic or physical problems. Our interventions are usually brief, solution-focused interventions in which we guide students in problem solving. We can also help families with a referral should they choose more in-depth therapeutic counseling.

Counseling Lessons:

We teach counseling lessons in the classroom once a month. The topics of our lessons are designed to help students improve their personal/social relationships, academic development, and to develop college and career readiness. Some topics that will be covered are bullying prevention, social skills, social awareness, college and career readiness, relationship skills, goal setting, responsible decision maknig, self-management, self-awareness, problem solving, and cross-cultural awareness.

Individual Planning:

We help teachers, students, and parents work together to create educational plans designed for meeting individual social, educational, and developmental needs.

System support:

We consult regularly with teachers, staff, parents, administrators, and community members to establish a positive, student-centered learning environment.

504/STAAR Coordinator:

We are also the campus 504 coordinators. Section 504 is part of the American with Disabilities Act that guarantees certain rights for individuals with disabilities. If you are concerned that your child might need a 504 plan, please contact one of us. We are also the campus STAAR coordinators. In the Spring, we train, organize, and oversee STAAR testing to ensure secure and smooth testing administrations. If you have questions about the STAAR test, please feel free to contact us.

You can reach us at:

Lisa DeMoss

(512) 570-5916

Claudia Ruiz

(512) 570-5922

800 Deercreek Lane

Leander, TX 8641

Fax: (512) 570-5905