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Our counselors work with staff, students, parents and the community to provide developmental assistance to students. They are dedicated to promoting a positive school environment and improving the academic achievements of all students. Counselors help eliminate barriers to success by facilitating access to information, resources and support services appropriate to each student's needs.

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.

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 6th Grade Counselor 

My name is Patricia Schappell (Trish) and I am thrilled to serve students at SFMS! I have been in education 25 years and in SBISD for 11 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.


8th Grade Counselor

My name is Leah Whitten, and I am excited to  be the 8th grade counselor for the 2019-2020 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.


7th Grade Counselor

My name is Jana Gwinn, and I am excited to  be the sixth grade counselor for the 2019-2020 school year. This fall marks my 25th year at Spring Forest and my 34rd year in SBISD. My duties as counselor include scheduling students into the correct classes, counseling students daily, and working with teachers/staff to help students be successful. On a personal note, I grew up in Northeast Texas in the small town of Atlanta (population 5500). I am a proud graduate of Baylor University (1985)  with a degree in Secondary Education with concentrations in English and History.  I also have a Masters in Counseling from Houston Baptist University (1991). My husband is a teacher at Spring Woods High School. We have three miniature schnauzers. In my spare time I enjoy scrapbooking, reading, and playing my clarinet in the Tallowood Baptist Church Orchestra.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can help your child in any way.