• The Purpose of the Bastrop High School Counseling Office is to promote student success!

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    Barbara Gaona: Social Worker

    Social Worker Barbara Gaona

    Hello!  I love working as a School Social Worker at BHS and it is amazing how quickly time goes by when you are having fun!  I enjoy working with students and their families by providing support to assist students in meeting their goals.  Mental health is a strong focus of mine, as it is for our district.  There are many challenges and rewards at work, and I continue to enjoy working with students at various levels based on their needs.  I collaborate with community agencies and families in building healthy connections to resources available within Bastrop County and beyond. My goal is to make sure students and families have access to resources when they need them.  I am here as a resource to families within our community.  

    Marisol Keahey: Social Worker

     Marisol Keahey

    Hello! I am excited to join the team at BHS as the school social worker. I have worked in social services for many years and enjoy helping people get to a place of empowerment. My goal is to help students and families get the support they need to succeed. I know the importance of taking care of yourself and the courage it takes to seek help when needed.

    I look forward to this new journey in working at BHS. 

    Nicole Willoughby: A-G

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    Hi!!  I am honored to be a counselor at Bastrop High School where both of my children graduated from.   I have worked in Bastrop I.S.D. for over 17 years in several different areas and I have been a School Counselor for 8 years.   

    I have a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Lamar University.  I am certified in Elementary Education (EC-4), E.S.L. (EC-12), Special Education (EC-12), and Professional School Counseling (EC-12).  When I am not working, I love spending time with my husband, children, and dog.  My goal is to guide, encourage, and support students in high school and beyond. 

    Claudia Nevares, Lead Counselor: H-O

    I am excited to join the BHS counseling team!  I have been in education for 23 years and have been a school counselor for 14 years.  I love working with students and have found my niche with high school.  I believe there are many more obstacles facing our young adult students today. My personal mission is to build up, empower, and support students for life.

    I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas and  Master of Arts  in Counseling from St. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas.


    Paula Rodriguez: P-Z

    Paula Rodriguez

    I am excited to begin my fifth year at Bastrop High School! This is my twenty-third year as a school counselor. I have also spent several years in the public school system as a teacher and coach. I love, love the outdoors and animals!  The teachers, students, staff and community are amazing! Now, I understand what my friends meant when they said, "Bastrop is a historical town with grand ideas and talents."