Meet our counselsors: Crystalyn Jass Kirkpatrick – I am a proud native Texan! A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, I began my career as an elementary music teacher in 2010. I recently received my Master of Education in School Counseling from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and am excited to begin as a school counselor at Reeces Creek! In my spare time I enjoy being with my husband, Eric, a soldier at Fort Hood, and our rescued retired racing greyhound, Caroline. I also love to participate in local choirs and attend music events. I am passionate about compassion and acceptance. I try to see the world through others’ eyes and am a firm believer that all personal challenges deserve validation. I look forward to getting to know students and parents and becoming a contributing and supportive member of the Reeces Creek family.GO COYOTES!
Ms. Pollard -I was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. When my husband joined the military, I switched careers, earning a Master of Art in Teaching from the same university. I went from social work to education, because I felt education was more conducive to raising children in the military. As the ever constant relocating military wife, I’ve taught in a number of school districts. I’ve had the privilege of teaching various grades. Though I’ve taught 6th, 5th, 3rd, and 2nd grades, my heart belonged to PreK. Having a background in social work, and previously working as a mental health counselor, it was only natural that I transition from teacher to counselor. My compassion for helping others is my most genuine quality. My most prized possession is my family! I have been happily married for almost 21 years to my high school sweetheart, Danny, who will be retiring from the Army in two years. We have three beautiful daughters: Dani, Devyn and Dillyn. Dani, 24, recently wed and received her college degree from the University of Texas in Dallas. Devyn, 18, just graduated from Killeen High School and will be attending UT in the fall. Dillyn, 16, will be a junior at Killeen High School this upcoming school year where she plays basketball and runs track. My family keeps me grounded and motivate me to go out into the world and treat others with the same love, respect, and support they give me.
What does the counselor do?
*Counsels with students individually and/or in groups
*Provides systematic and developmental classroom guidance to all students
*Participates in the referral process of students to special programs and/or services
*Conducts conferences with parents as needed
*Facilitates parent discussion groups
*Adheres to ethical and legal standards
*Responds to student needs in crisis situations
*Collaborates with faculty, staff and parents to better meet the needs of all students
*Coordinates parent/ community volunteers
The counselor provides classroom guidance lessons to all students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade at Reeces Creek. Lessons are targeted to develop citizenship/social skills.Occasionally, the counselor will provide lessons on specific guidance related subjects requested by the classroom teacher. Topics include diversity, good citizenship, problem-solving, and career development.
The counselor works closely with parents to provide assistance in making each student’s school experience a positive one. Parents are encouraged to contact the counselor when a student encounters difficulties at school or at home. All information is confidential and will be treated with professionalism to enable your student to feel safe, secure, and happy while at school.
Helpful Phone Numbers
*Counseling Office at Reeces Creek Elementary: 336-2150
*MHMR: Children’s Medical and Mental Health Services: 628-7766
*CHIP: Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program: 800-647-4666
*Emergency Shelter and 24 Hour Crisis Care for Youth: 800-421-TEEN
*Central Texas Youth Services Bureau: Free youth and family counseling: 519-3160
*Child Abuse Hotline: 800-252-5400