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      Hilltop Elementary Counselor
      Michael Ball, M.Ed.

    Thanks for visiting my school web page.
    My name is Michael Ball.  I have served as the Elementary School Counselor in Argyle for the past 23 years.  During that time, I have been blessed to work with truly amazing children, families, and teachers.  My educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Austin College and a Master's Degree in Counseling and Student Services from the University of North Texas where I specialized in Play Therapy.

    Here at school, I work with children in a variety of ways. Once every four weeks, I visit each classroom for a guidance lesson.  During classroom guidance, I cover a wide variety of topics including bully prevention, abuse prevention, stranger awareness, drug addiction, self-esteem, making and keeping friends, and much more.  Individual counseling is another important part of our school's counseling program.  Individual counseling sessions are intended to help kids through some of the struggles that they sometimes face while growing up.  I also facilitate several group sessions each week that we call "Circle of Friends", which are intended to help students develop important friendships and appropriate social skills.  I also enjoy serving as our school's safety patrol sponsor. Our school's safety patrol is intended to help with morning drop-off, while building leadership skills with selected 4th graders who apply for the position in May of their 3rd grade year.  I also enjoy coaching our school's Chess Puzzle Solving team each fall and our chess club each spring.  Chess Club is open to students in grades 1-4, regardless of experience level.
    I am married to Amy Ball, who teaches 4th grade here at our school.  We are the proud parents of two children, Trinity and Tristan.  Our family attends St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton where we serve in a variety of ways.  Some of my favorite things to do include swimming, hunting, fly fishing, music, guitar, chess, watching ice hockey, and going on adventures with my family.

    If I can be of service to your child or to your family, please give me a call as I am eager to help.  I can be reached by email at
    mball@argyleisd.com or by calling
    (940) 464-0564  x5007.