Guidance Team

Name Title Email
Ms. Teresa Gallagher Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Karen Pierre Toussaint Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Connie Pent IPC
Ms. Shelia Rodriguez Guidance Clerk
Mr. Odannys Febles Guidance Clerk

Guidance and Counseling

  • Welcome to the Guidance Office! Our mission in Guidance and Counseling is to assist your child and his/her teachers in facilitating Sunrise Elementary's mission statement and goals for each and every student. Please call 671-6270 if we can be of service.

    We would like to invite you to come in and get to know us and the services we offer and those offered by this office. You may come to school or call during "teacher hours" and make an appointment with us. You don't need to wait until you have a problem or special reason! We hope that, together, we can lay a good foundation for future success and achievement by making your child's years at Sunrise Elementary a happy and rewarding learning experience.

    Counselors' Goals

    • School Guidance Curriculum - To teach knowledge and skills appropriate for a student's appropriate developmental level
    • Individual Student Academic Planning - Coordinate and establish student goals and develop future plans
    • Responsive Services - Responsive services consists of prevention and/or intervention activities to meet students' immediate and future needs
    • Individual or Group Counseling
    • Consultation with parents, teachers and other educators
    • Referrals to support services or community resources
    • Peer Counseling
    • Intervention and Advocacy at the Systematic Level
    • Assist students in resolving or coping with problems and developmental concerns.


    Health Services Program 

    Parents are encouraged to call the school if they have health concerns regarding their child. The visiting health nurse provides health counseling, health education, and assistance with medical referrals and necessary follow-up.

    In case of a health emergency, the parent/guardian will be notified immediately and “911” (emergency medical services) will be called with the parent/guardian's approval. In the event the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the person designated by the parent/guardian to call “in case of emergency” will be notified.

    During the school year, all students are eligible to participate in certain health services. Health screenings, conducted at various grade levels, may include vision, hearing, and scoliosis. Parents will recieve prior notification of these screenings and will be notified if there is a need for follow-up. If a parent does not wish for his/her child to participate in health screenings, they should send a written note to the principal on a yearly basis requesting their child be excluded from participation.

    School health insurance forms are available upon request in the main office.

    Medicine and Medication

    If students are to take medication at school, an authorization form must be on file in the clinic naming the drug and the physician who prescribed the medicine, phone number of the physician, amount and times medication is to be given and the health condition requiring the medication. Students will not be permitted to take medication without a completed authorization form (including inhalers). The medicine is to be brought to school in the original container and kept in the clinic.

    Students are not allowed to keep medication in lockers, desks, purses, etc., or on their person; however, a metered dose inhaler as prescribed by a physician for asthma is permitted. Upon arriving at school, parents should bring the authorization form and the medication immediately to the clinic. Schedule medication for times other than school hours if possible. Over the counter drugs, such as aspirin, asper gum, cough, throat lozenges, cough syrup, decongestants, etc., should not be brought to school.

    Registration: Click here to view procedure.

    All new students must register in the Guidance Office. Our personnel are familiar with all the requirements and can help you with questions or open the link above.



    As parents, it is your responsibility to assure your child/children have regular, timely attendance. However, if a child is not in his/her classroom at the second bell, he/she must check in at the Front Office before reporting to class. If children are chronically absent, tardy, or picked up early, notices may be sent from the Guidance Office in accordance with Marion County School System policies and Florida statutes. Upon your child's return to school, send a hand-written note as to the reason for the absence. If your child has been seen by a doctor, please send the doctor's note.


    Official Records

    Your child's cumulative records are housed as digital records. If you need to review anything in your child's digital record, please call ahead and make an appointment for someone to go over the contents with you. You must have a valid ID and be an authorized contact to view any information. If you are transferring out of Sunrise Elementary, we will make sure all necessary documents are forwarded to your child's new school.