Campus Phone: 832-223-5500

Counselor’s Corner

Contact Information:
Rhonda Mark
PK, 1st, 3rd, & 5th grade 

Greetings Carter Coyotes!  It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as one of the 2021-2022 new school counselors.  My name is Rhonda Mark and I have been in education for over 27 years.  I have spent the last 17 years in Lamar CISD.  My greatest aspiration has been to help children with academic achievement and emotional/social development with hopes of leaving a positive lasting impact on their lives.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Texas Southern University (GO TIGERS!) and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University (GO PANTHERS!).  I am certified in Elem. Education, Reading, Special Education, ESL, School Counseling, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Outside of my career, I enjoy spending time with my amazing husband of 28 years, loving children, and beautiful granddaughters.  Some of my hobbies consist of reading, bargain shopping, traveling, volunteer work, and fine dining. 

My life’s passion is to continue to learn, grow and master how to help and serve people all while building wonderful lasting life memories along the way. 

See you around the school!


Marissa P.
Contact Information:
Marissa Patel
K, 2nd, 4th grade

Hey Carter Coyotes! My name is Marissa Patel and I am thrilled to begin my eighth year in education as a counselor at Carter Elementary. I graduated with my education degree from the University of Houston (go Coogs!) and my Masters in School Counseling from Lamar University. Prior to coming to Carter, I taught a variety of subjects in third, fourth, and sixth grade. At home I have a wonderful husband and daughter along with two adorable fur babies.  

I am honored to work in education. As a counselor at Carter Elementary, my job is to collaborate with parents and teachers to ensure that our students’ unique needs are met so that they may reach their fullest potential as responsible citizens and lifelong learners. I am extremely excited for this year and the opportunities that are to come for our students.
Please stop in to say hello! 

Character Counts

This school year, we will continue using Character Counts, which will be implemented at all LCISD campuses.  We will be conducting guidance lessons in all classes for each of the six pillars.

Character Counts Pillars:
1- Trustworthiness (September)
2- Respect (October)
3- Responsibility (November/December)
4- Fairness (January/ February)
5- Caring (March)
6- Citizenship (April/May)

For more information on Character Counts, visit

Tips for a Successful Year

  • Help your child set (and reach) realistic, measurable short-term goals.
  • Require your child to clean and organize his/her backpack one day per week.
  • Communicate with teachers about child’s progress and any concerns you may have.
  • Create a designated homework area for your child.
  • Make a plan to recognize your child’s academic accomplishments.


Carter Elementary is proud to be recognized as a No Place For Hate school campus and community.  Our official banner will hang proudly in our school cafeteria.   

About the program:  The No Place for Hate® initiative provides educators and students with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum.  No Place for Hate® also helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice.  Launched in schools in 2001, the popular initiative has been embraced by hundreds of campuses throughout the Southwest region, including many in the Houston, Austin/Central Texas and El Paso areas.

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