Meet Mrs. Patton

    My name is Emily Patton and I look forward to being the counselor at Fannin Elementary.  This year begins my 23rd year in education.  I taught 3rd and 4th grade for 10 years, and have been a school counselor for 12 years.  I am looking forward to starting my 13th year as a counselor at Fannin! I attended Angelo State University and graduated with an elementary education degree, and then attended Hardin Simmons University in Abilene where I received my masters In counseling and human development. My husband Nate and I have two boys, 3 dogs and a tank full of fish.  We enjoy traveling, sports and anything to do with the outdoors. My door is always open and I am here to help. 

    What Does a Counselor Do?

    Works with classes, students, and parents

    Works with staff to help students do their personal best in class

    Provides support through small group counseling, individual counseling, and classroom guidance

    Provides crisis intervention for students

    Works on problem solving, self-esteem, coping strategies, social skills, changing families, conflict, though the use of character education

    What If a student needs to see the counselor?

    Student may ask the teacher or campus staff

    Parent may request

    Staff may refer to counselor 

    Students may leave a note in the mailbox outside the counselor’s office

    How Do Counselors Provide Support?

    Classroom Guidance: I will hold classroom guidance lessons with each homeroom once a month. The topics may be character traits, college awareness, careers, or service for others.

    Small Group Counseling: Small group counseling sessions may be offered to students throughout the school year, based on student need. This allows students to give and receive help from their peers who may be experiencing similar feelings or situations. These are a few example of small group sessions that have been conducted in the past:


    Changing Families- Divorce, step families, blended families

    Friendship Fun-How to get along with friends

    Social Skills- How to interact with other students and adults

    Anxiety/ Worry- Worries about school, friends, sports


    Group sessions will typically last 6 sessions, and are made based on teacher or parent referrals. Each session will be about 20-30 minutes long. Sessions will take place at an agreed upon time with the classroom teacher when minimal instruction is missed. Any child may participate in group sessions, with parent permission first. If you have any questions about group, please feel free to contact me!

    Individual Counseling: I can work with a student on a one to one basis as needed.  Parents or teachers may contact me about meeting with a student about any topic, this will be done with parent permission.


    I would love to hear from you!

    To contact me please email me at emily.patton@midlandisd.net

    Or call me at 240-6819

    Mrs. Patton


    Monthly Character Lessons/ Topics


    August/ September

















    Honesty/ Safety