Meet the Department: Guidance and Counseling

January 24, 2019

“It is a joy to work with the 44 dedicated professional counselors of Tyler ISD! Together we focus on the personal, social/emotional, academic and career goals of our students” This statement from Tyler ISD Guidance and Counseling Director Leigh Anne Barber perfectly describes the purpose of the Guidance and Counseling department.


With a combined experience (Elementary and Secondary) of 425 years in school counseling, this group of educators strives every day to be a compassionate ear, a solution-focused problem-solver, a caring advocate and most of all a support system for their students and campuses.


All Tyler ISD counselors are Professional School Counselors and each wear many hats throughout the school day. Some of these responsibilities include:

  • character education and guidance;

  • student leadership responsibilities;

  • behavior growth;

  • parent/family/student counseling sessions;

  • setting up resources for students/families;

  • determining prevention and intervention strategies;

  • course scheduling;

  • college and career guidance;

  • and So.Much.More!!!

To a counselor, what makes it all worthwhile is when student growth becomes visible to their teachers and parents and they begin to achieve great things.


“It is so rewarding to see students we work with walk across the stage at graduation. As counselors here in Tyler ISD, we are extremely supportive of each other as well. We rely a lot on each other and are always here for one another when needed.” – Elementary Counselor Leah Philley


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Tyler ISD Communications

Jennifer Hines

Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations

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Sandra Stanley Communications Coordinator

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Amy Pawlak 

Public Relations Coordinator

Lynne Hubbard

Switchboard Operator

Marla Boone

Communications/ Volunteer Assistant

Angela Duitch

Coordinator of TISD-TV & Digital Media

Jessica Poe

Digital Communications Specialist

Jacob Walker

Digital Media and Video Specialist

John Landes

Coordinator of Government Relations

Tracy Varnell

District Mail Clerk

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