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Mindy Merling- Counselor

Mindy Merling


Counselor Office Hours:



281-420-4620 ext. 32015


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About Me 


I have been in education for many years and at Austin Elementary for 8 years, first as a 5th grade teacher, then as the Family Involvement Coordinator and now as a counselor. I received a Bachelor’s Degree from West Texas A&M University and a Master's Degree from Lamar University. I have over 20 years of experience in education. I love working with our Austin Alligators to help them have success in academic achievement and personal/social development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.


Elementary School Counseling Program


The elementary school counselor will use the ASCA National Model which provides a flexible framework to develop a comprehensive program designed to meet students' unique needs.


The 4 components of delivery for these services are:


  • School counseling core curriculum
  • Individual student planning
  • Responsive services
  • Indirect student services


Character Strong

Developing good character is an on-going process at Austin Elementary. The Character Strong curriculum uses a holistic approach weaving together social-emotional learning and character education into our daily lives.

Links & Websites

Helping Your Grade Schooler With Homework

During grade school, kids start getting homework to reinforce and extend classroom learning and teach them important study skills. Here's how parents can help.


Ten Tips for Your Child's Success in School

Some studies show higher test scores for students who live in homes where healthy habits, regular routines, and good communication exist. Follow these 10 tips and watch your child thrive.


Developing your Child's Self-Esteem

Strong self-esteem is a child's armor against the challenges of the world. Here's how to boost healthy self-esteem in your kids.


Helping Kids Cope With Stress

Stress from things like school and social situations can feel overwhelming for kids. But by teaching healthy coping strategies, you'll prepare your kids to manage stress.


Helping Your Child with Anxiety, Fears and Phobias

Experiencing and dealing with anxieties can prepare young people to handle the unsettling experiences and challenging situations of life.


Internet Safety


Teaching Kids to be Smart with Social Media


Emotions & Behavior

Is it just a phase or a serious problem?Help your child cope with life's ups and downs, from dealing with divorce to preparing for new siblings. Or find out how to understand your child's behavior, whether it's toddler tantrums or teenage depression.


Covid Resources