I’m Kimberley Lewis. I am very excited to be a part of Commerce ISD as a school counselor at Commerce Middle School, but my most important job is being a mom and grandmommy. I have nine children (Yes--You read that correctly!) and two grandsons. In addition, I have many former students that I call my own, though I have never formally adopted them.
I love to read, spend time with my family and friends, watch NASCAR races and OU football, and sing at The Wylie Opry. I am at my happiest when I am near the water with my family and a book in my hand.
Before becoming a counselor, I started the campus radio program, Bulldog Beats, at Royse City Middle School (now Ouida Baley Middle School). I taught in Rockwall ISD for nine years: five at the high school level and four at the elementary level. In Royse City ISD, I taught middle school for four years. While I was at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, I worked in the Learning Center teaching developmental math, reading, and English for four years. I can honestly say, I have taught at every grade level! I hold seven Texas Teaching Certifications and nine Oklahoma Teaching Certifications. I also am certified to be a Principal and a School Counselor in both Texas and Oklahoma.
I graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with minors in chemistry and criminal justice. I received my Master's of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2019. I was almost finished with that degree when I realized that my real heart's desire was to help students even more by becoming a school administrator. Upon receiving Educational Leadership Endorsement in 2020, I realized that I am not called to be a principal, so I went on to earn my Master’s of Education in School Counseling where I finally found my place.
I am always looking for ways to become a better educator, student advocate, and life-long learner both personally and professionally. I am a member of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA), Google Certified Educator, and member of the Association of Texas Educators (ATPE). I am certified in Mental Health First Aid, School Counseling Leadership Specialist, and am currently working on becoming a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist through ASCA.
As a teacher, I was a member of the Game Changers Academy, Relay Cohort, Ambassador for the Friends of Texas Public Schools, Instructional Design Cohort focusing on the area of Professional Development, Capturing Kids Hearts Process Champion, Professional Development Trainer, Common Sense Media Ambassador, Google Academy Trainer, Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Elective Department Head, and Bobby Summers Middle School Design Committee.
Because my interests are quite varied and my heart for kids is vast, I believe counseling and leadership were the natural progressions in my career. There are many components to a Comprehensive Counseling Program. Some direct ways that I can implement the school counseling core curriculum is by helping students one-on-one, responding to student and campus needs by having group or individual counseling sessions, and by helping students plan their course schedule and graduation plans for the coming year(s).
I can also help indirectly by continuing in the campus leadership capacities in which I already contribute, collaborate with teachers in groups or in professional development lessons, and advocating for changes in attitudes or behaviors in order to give students access to every opportunity possible. This is where I want to spend the majority of my time- focusing on helping students, faculty, and families of our students.
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