Our professional school counselors work with staff, students, families and the community to provide developmental assistance to students. Counselors provide support for students in both a virtual and an in-person learning environment. Please reach out to your counselor should you need assistance academically or personally.

Counselors assist students in planning, monitoring, and understanding their own educational and personal development. They play an important role in helping students explore academic options and transition from one grade level to the next.

They also provide individual and group counseling for students whose personal concerns or problems put their personal, social, career and/or educational development at risk.

For information about support services for students. click here.

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6th Grade Counselor

مرحبا ¡Hola! Hi!

My name is Johanna Carsi and I am thrilled to be your 6th grade counselor! Spring Forest is such a wonderful and welcoming community! I love our cultural diversity and I am super excited to support our amazing students, families, and staff. Go Bobcats! 

I am a mother of two magnificent boys, Gabe and Alex. I have been in education for 15 years. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston and my Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas.

If you need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.



7th Grade Counselor

My name is Leah Whitten, and I am excited to  be the 7th grade counselor for the 2021-2022 school year. I received a  Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marshall University Graduate College in 1990. My goal is to provide services and support to students and families that impact healthy personal-social development and academic success for all students.

Please contact me with questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment.



8th Grade Counselor 

My name is Patricia Schappell (Trish) and I am thrilled to serve students at SFMS! I have been in education 27 years and in SBISD for 13 years.  I earned my BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Masters in Curriculum & Instruction from University of Houston, Principal Certificate from St. Thomas University, and certification in Counseling from Region 4.

I am the Founder and Chair of a nonprofit organization called The Kids’ Reading Room, which serves Spring Branch students in apartment communities. In my spare time, I hang out with my husband, Vincent Schappell. Favorite past-times are walking at Memorial Park, relaxing at any beach, drinking hot tea, and professional development. My ultimate goal in life is to bring joy to those around and to impact the community in a positive way.