Counselor's Corner

Shelly Grissom 817/444-3802   

This is my first year at Cross Timbers Elementary. I have been in education for 12 years, 8 years as an elementary teacher and 4 years in counseling. I received my undergraduate and graduate degree from Tarleton State University. I have two children, a daughter who is 15 and a son who is 10. I have a huge passion for what I do. I love kids and it is a great honor to be allowed to work with them each and every day.   

Each week at Cross Timbers there are guidance lessons as a regular part of the "Specials" or special classes that students receive.  The guidance lessons emphasize developing positive character traits.  These traits are trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, respect, fairness and citizenship. I will be glad to discuss and answer any questions you may have regarding material or lessons.  The purpose of these lessons is to help all students develop basic life skills needed every day at school, at home and at work.


In addition, some students may receive individual or small group counseling.  This may be a result of a request from a parent, teacher, or a student.  Usually there are one to three sessions depending on the circumstances.  Small group sessions may last longer. Crisis intervention and skill development are usually the focus of these sessions.  Examples of the issues include a death/serious illness in the family, a conflict with friends, a conflict on the playground, problems making friends, making wise decisions, controlling anger, or setting goals. If the sessions needed to be extended, I will contact you to inform you and discuss the need for further sessions.  These sessions are at no cost to the student or parent.


If you have any questions, please call me at 817/444-3802 or email me at

"There is a special gift in every child, take the time to find it!"

Homemade Play Dough  

As my children grew, one of the many family activities that we enjoyed was playing with homemade play dough.  It was easy and inexpensive to make and, if stored properly, would last for weeks. Whether it was a bad weather day or just a slow time without much to do, the kids and I really enjoyed sitting at the table together and making magic creations with our dough.  Alone with one child or half of the neighborhood, we always talked and laughed as we created our dough-shaped creatures or fantastic objects. When folks talk of "quality time" with your child, this was almost a guarantee of good talk and fun times. 

Play Dough

1-cup flour

½ cup salt

1-tablespoon vegetable oil

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1-cup water

Food coloring (mix with water) 

Mix the ingredients together in a pan.  Heat at low to medium heat setting and stir.  Mixture will thicken.  Remove from pan and let cool until comfortable to touch. Place mixture on a clean surface and knead until smooth.  Now have fun, fun, and fun! Store in an airtight container. (I often double the batch if more than two children are playing with the dough.)