• Counselor



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Master’s Degree in School Counseling

Erin Christenson


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, is also an educator and is a varsity basketball coach and our daughter, Callie, attended Shepard in elementary school and is now at Wilson for middle school.

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!


  • Office Hours

    I do not have specific office hours as I make myself available to the needs of the students and families between the hours of 7:15 am - 3:30 pm. Should you need to contact me, please send me an email, give me a call, or if you are a student, simply stop by my office and we can meet then or plan a time that works best.

  • Shepard Counseling Schedule by Grade


    Mrs. Nash Monday 1:15-1:45 pm

    Mrs. Wilson Monday 2:00-2:30 pm 

    Mrs. Felty Tuesday 2:00-2:30 pm 


    First Grade: 

    Miss. Griggs Wednesday 9:30-10:00 am

    Mrs. Whitmire Friday 1:00-1:30 pm

    Ms. Swinton Wednesday 10:15-10:45 am

    Miss. Kustoff Wednesday 1:00-1:30 pm


    Second Grade: 

    Miss. Drake: Thursday 9:30-10:00 am

    Mrs. Hungerford: Friday 9:45-10:15 am

    Mrs. Robbins: Thursday 9:00-9:30 am

    Ms. Russo: Friday 8:30-9:00 am


    Third Grade: 

    Mrs. Howe Wednesday 2:00- 2:30 pm

    Mrs. Greene Thursday 2:00-2:30 pm

    Mrs. Fiero Tuesday 2:00-2:30 pm


    Fourth Grade: 

    Mrs. Crawford Friday 8:30-9:00 am

    Mrs. Murry Friday 9:00-9:30 am

    Mrs. Zawar Friday 10:45-11:15 am


    Fifth Grade:  

    Mr. Villanueva Tuesday 12:30-1:00 pm

    Ms. Shahidi Thursday 12:30-1:00 pm

    Mrs. Kotara Thursday 1:00-1:30 pm

  • Plano ISD Counseling Program

    Plano ISD Counseling Program

  • Resources for Families

    Resources for Families

  • Bullying and Conflict Resolution

    In March, I will have lessons with each class on identifying the differences between bullying and conflict and we will have discussions about this important topic.

    These are additional lessons with the classes to work in conjunction with our already scheduled, twice-a-year bullying lessons. 

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  • Favorites

    Favorite Snacks

    • Chips
    • Cheese and Crackers
    • Pistachios
    • Sour Candy like Trolli gummy worms or sour patch kids

    Favorite School Drinks

    • Dr. Pepper

    Best Gift Card for $5

    • Sonic
    • McDonald's
    • Starbucks

    Best Gift Card for More Than $5

    • Amazon

    Bonus School Supplies

    • Post-its
    • Pens


    • Going to the Movies
    • Time with Family

    T-Shirt Size

    • Large

    Favorite Color

    • Turquoise

    Favorite Scents

    • Fruity
    • Citrus

    Birthday (Month and Day)

    • Feb 5

    Aversions and Allergies

    • none

Erin Christenson