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 Lessie Waite

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Lessie Waite

Hello everyone! My name is Gaylene Waite. I currently serve as the school counselor at Central Middle School in Galveston, TX. Before I became a school counselor, I taught at the middle school level for eleven years. This year I begin my ninth year of counseling, and I can't wait to start a new school year. 


My primary function as the Counselor at Central Middle School is to provide a Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance program for students in 5th through 8th grade.  I consult and collaborate with supervisors, administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and outside professionals in order to help students.  I provide support to other programs being administered within the school by promoting personal/social, academic, and career development.  I serve as a member of various school committees including the Back to School Committee, the 504 Committee, the campus and district Attendance Committee, and the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Committee. I act as the Campus Test Coordinator which involves conducting yearly assessments mandated by the State and Galveston ISD.

I am actively involved in implementing the middle school guidance curriculum to all students within my school.  I conduct small groups and individual counseling sessions.  I consult with teachers, staff, and parents to meet the individual needs of students. I assist in making referrals to other departments, consultants, and agencies as required.  I participate in activities to aid in school improvement.  I am constantly planning, evaluating, and redefining the counseling and guidance program at my school.  I continuously pursue professional growth by attending in-services and workshops.

Other activities in which I am involved include coordinating Red Ribbon Week and No Place for Hate, United Way, Houston Food Bank Canned Food Drive, and Christmas Committee.  I am involved in parent-teacher conferences, conducting student observations, and various campus duties.

Every day as a school counselor is an adventure. Each day I look forward to going to work to serve the students, parents, and our wonderful staff. Please feel free to contact by phone at (409)761-6207 or email at lessiewaite@gisd.org.

FAQ About School Counselors

  • Q: What is a School Counselor?

    FAQ About School Counselors

    A: A School Counselor is an educator who specializes in working with students to help solve problems. We’re good listeners and we have lots of strategies we can suggest for different issues. Whether it’s a problem at school or at home, a problem with your friends, or a personal issue that you’re dealing with, we’re here to help.

    Q: How can a School Counselor help me?

    A: You may have a particular concern or worry about something going on right now that is stressing you out–whether it’s at home or school. The problem might be starting to interfere with your school work. School Counselors are trained to help kids work through these and many other problems. We will work together to try to find solutions and to develop emotional skills (like managing your anger or coping with stress) that can prevent other problems in the future. Students refer themselves through teachers or by stopping by the counselor’s office during the school day to make an appointment for a later time.

    Q: Do School Counselors talk to my teachers and parents, too?

    A: In addition to working with kids, School Counselors also work to help parents and teachers solve problems, too. For example, we might help parents set up outside counseling for their child, or offer suggestions for problems that are happening at home. We might work with teachers to set up behavior plans for students who are having trouble behaving in class, or work with them to brainstorm different strategies to help a student get the most out of their classes.

    Q: What else do School Counselors do?

    A: Lots of stuff. We consult with teachers and administrators about issues that affect kids and the best ways to meet their needs. School Counselors might help coordinate projects and activities like 5th grade Orientation or High School Course Selection. They also help students learn information and skills that will promote healthy academic and emotional development.

    Q: How can I contact my/my child’s School Counselor?

    A: Parents may contact the counselor by calling 409-761-6207 and leaving a message. I’ll return your call as soon as possible.