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

My name is Leah Whitten, and I am excited to  be the 6th grade counselor for the 2020-2021 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 Patricia Schappell (Trish) and I am thrilled to serve students at SFMS! I have been in education 26 years and in SBISD for 12 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 Stephanie Brain and I am excited to be the 8th grade counselor for the 2020-2021 school year! I received my Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and my Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas. This is my seventh year in education and sixth year in Spring Branch ISD.

 I was born in Salisbury, England and moved to the United States at the age of 7. In my free time, I like to take my sweet Australian Shepherd, Aspen, on long walks and to the dog park. I also love to travel, cook, workout, and attend concerts.

 I love the cultural diversity that Spring Forest offers and am excited to support the social, emotional, and academic goals all of our amazing students, families, and staff!

 Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns throughout the school year.

Phone: 713-251-4618


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