Mrs. Lisa Algaze
My name is Lisa Algaze and I have been a high school counselor for ten years. I am originally from New York where I graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I then pursued my Master's degree in School Guidance and Counseling at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I worked in Florida as a high school counselor for grades 9-12 for three years before heading to Houston, Texas! I am
excited to be a part of the The Woodlands family and enjoy meeting and working with all of my students and parents.
My message to parents...
High school is a time for trials and tribulations. If your child is experiencing problems at school, it is important that you communicate with teachers and counselors. We are all part of a team with a common goal: fostering student's learning and development. Open communication is the avenue for letting us know your concerns. If your child is experiencing learning or behavioral problems in a class, the first step is to contact the teacher either by email or a telephone call. It may be helpful for both parents and teachers to meet with your child's counselor to discuss any issues at hand. Conferences are held afterschool from 2:35-3:00 p.m. and can be scheduled by contacting me at the number listed above.
When discussing a learning problem with teachers, always remember to ask the teacher to be specific about the problem and the context in which the problem occurs. Children experience difficulty in learning for a variety of reasons and understanding your child's strengths and weaknesses as well as identifying specific situations when the difficulty occurs is crucial to helping the child.
When addressing behavioral problems, ask the teacher to specify the behavior(s), examine the context in which the behavior occurs, and make an action plan.
The purpose of the parent teacher conference is to identify strategies that will help your child be more successful. Before leaving the conference, agree with the teacher on what is expected of your child, what the teacher can do to help, and what you as a parent can do to help. Always involve your child in these decisions so they learn how to become responsible decision makers. It is a great idea to get connected to our parent access center. Through parent access, you will be able to view your child's progress in each of their classes! Below you will find the link for this. All you will need to do is create your userid and password. Let us know if you have any problems accessing this.
Juniors and Seniors: Don't forget to register for College Entrance Exams. Remember that The Woodlands High School is a testing site for both the ACT and SAT. Fee waivers can be picked up in the College and Career Center. Click on the links below.
Seniors: Here is the link for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)