My name is Erin Christenson and I love being part of the Shepard family as the Counselor! I earned a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Central Oklahoma in Early Childhood Education. I also earned a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Amberton University. Prior to becoming a school counselor, I taught for 9 years. For 5 of those years, I taught in Plano at Thomas Elementary and was the 2nd grade team leader for 3 years. I have been a school counselor since 2009. Previously, I’ve been the school counselor at Nocona Middle School and here in Plano at Centennial Elementary. My husband, Courtney, and I live in the neighborhood with our daughter, Callie and our dog, Lindy. Callie is a student here at Shepard.
I love being an elementary school counselor because it allows me to be a teacher and a counselor at the same time. I am passionate about helping children. I feel like my job as a school counselor is to support the students, faculty and parents in any way I can. Each week I will teach guidance lessons, which cover topics like social skills, character-building, peer pressure, decision-making, friendship, conflict resolution, study skills, safety and drug awareness. This is done through the use of technology, stories, Q & A, puppets, role-playing and other various activities. I will also provide a listening ear for individual students who may want to come and receive support and encouragement. Individual and group sessions can be provided on a referral basis from teachers, parents or the students themselves. My goal is to help children have a happy and successful academic experience while growing socially and emotionally.
I look forward to working with the children, parents and staff this year at Shepard!