Counselor's Corner

My name is Jessica Bowers and I am the counselor at Barnes Elementary.  I graduated from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Math in 1997.  I am certified to teach Elementary Education for grades 1-8 and  English as a Second Language in grades EC-4.  I also graduated from Texas A&M- Corpus Christi with a Master of Science degree in 2003 and am certified by the State of Texas as a School Counselor for grades EC-12.  I have 19 years of teaching experience and am enjoying my second year of counseling, helping to mold  young minds at Ella Barnes Elementary. 

Counseling Program

The counseling program at Barnes Elementary provides students with small group opportunities, as well as classroom guidance and counseling, to support the students’ success in school.  The campus wide program consists of developmentally appropriate activities and materials that deal with educational, personal, and social development. Classroom guidance is offered each week and teaches Character First components.   Students participate in classroom lessons targeting social skills training and empathic understanding.  Students are taught social skills problems solving through the Kelso’s Choice Program. We also focus on fueling our ride through life with positive energy to find the strength to overcome any challenges, through the book The Energy Bus for Kids by Jon Gordon.  
Barnes also has the wonderful opportunity to be involved with the Kid's Hope USA mentoring program. Ella Barnes Elementary School has developed a partnership with Yorktown Baptist Church through KIDS HOPE USA- a program that trains caring older teens and adults how to befriend children and help them learn.   
I hope that you find the information on this page useful.  If at any time you should need to contact me, I would love to hear from you!
(361) 878-7332









School Counselor’s Creed

>Barnes' counselor values each and every student that walks through our doors, so I will:

  • Communicate to every student I meet that each is special.
  • Help them solve problems and try to find a solution.
  • Encourage and support all students.  
  • Be there when they need someone to listen. 
  • Help them see the value in themselves.
  • Believe in students’ dreams and persist in assisting them to imagine what some say is impossible. 
  • See miracles that they perform in everyday tasks at home and at school 
  • Remind the students that they can get along with each other no matter what the problem. 
  • Give the students I meet each day a chance to be happy, successful, and caring people.
  • Love the students always.

Barnes Elementary would like to offer the community Parent Classes conducted by the following organization (please contact me if you are interested in attending classes at or call 878-7332):

Texas Families: Together and Safe (TFTS)

When stressed families don’t communicate well...

...teens and adolescents can become rebellious, siblings begin to fight, and it’s hard for parents to know how to bond with their kids but still guide, supervise and discipline them when necessary. Many families today are over-worked, stressed, and struggling to make their home a peaceful, nurturing and stable environment. 

Texas Families: Together and Safe (TFTS)
is a parenting education program that shows families how to:

  • Resolve conflict and improve communication among family members
  • Improve children's behavioral problems
  • Deal with complicated issues like strong emotions, aggression, alcohol and violence
  • Validate the parents' strengths

Family eligibility Requirements:

  • Have a target child between the ages of 3 and 17
  • Live in Nueces County
  • Have no ongoing or open CPS case or investigation
  • Have no previously substantiated case of abuse or neglect

Perks of Participating in Group Sessions:

  • Community resources (counseling services, transportation assistance and other referrals)
  • Basic needs support (clothes, shoes, diapers and food)
  • Free childcare provided during group sessions (LIMITED)
  • Session incentives, Certificate of Completion and graduation gift provided



In need of school supplies? Please ask how I can help.

crossroad_sign Small Group Sessions:

I would like to start meeting with small groups to cover coping skills for students who are new to school and having a hard time adjusting, students who are going through a divorce or separation, students who have recently lost a parent, or students who struggle with social skills. If you think your child would benefit from small group sessions covering any of these areas, please email me at