Bernal Counseling Office

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bernal Middle School Counseling Department is to provide a safe, student-centered learning experience with an emphasis on building positive relationships of mutual respect. We strive to engage and inspire all students to develop positive character qualities and achieve personal and academic success.

Meet Your Bernal Counselors

Mr. Anzaldua, Last Names A-F


Mrs. Perales, Last Names G-Man


Mrs. Vasquez, Last Names Mao-R


Mrs. Maher, Head Counselor, Last Names S-Z


Mrs.Grewe, Grade Reporting Secretary and Records


Request to See Counselor Form

Sally Maher, Head Counselor, Military Family Liaison

Bernal Middle School is proud to be a destination campus for the military families of San Antonio! Over 40% of our students are military connected. All of our counselors are here to help, but please feel free to contact me if you need assistance with your military family's needs.

Program Components

Our guidance and counseling program is a comprehensive developmental program addressing the whole child to maximize achievement, social and emotional development, and post-secondary college and career readiness.


The Guidance Curriculum component includes skill based lessons designed to help all students develop competence in essential life skills. Guidance lessons are based on student need.

Responsive Services

The purpose of Responsive Services is to intervene with or on behalf of a child whose personal circumstances, concerns, or problems are threatening and interfere with healthy career, educational, social, and/or personal development. Responsive Services includes both individual and small group counseling.

During distance learning, only individual counseling can be provided at this time. Please fill out the referral form if your student needs assistance.

Counselor Referral Form

Limits of Confidentiality

Individual Planning

Individual Planning guides students in planning, monitoring, and managing their own career, educational, social, and personal growth. Individual Planning is achieved by assisting students in setting their own goals, course elective choices, and endorsement selections.

Student Portal gives access to email, Schoology, Google Drive and more. Login with your sNumber and 4x4 Password.

Student Portal

Students can check their grades and attendance through HAC. Login with your sNumber and 4x4 Password.

Home Access Center (HAC)

Form to Request a Parent HAC Account

Need Technical Support? Visit the Northside Virtual Hub or call the Student Helpline at 210-397-0020

Northside Virtual Learning Hub

System Support

The System Support component describes the management of activities which assures the delivery of a high quality guidance program. This component indirectly services our students. System Support includes; research development, outreach, and professional development.

April is the Month of the Military Child. Here is a video of Bernal Staff wearing purple for our Military Kids:

Purple Up Video

Four Counseling Skill Goals

The NISD Comprehensive Counseling Program includes four skill goals:

1. Intrapersonal Relationships

  • Developing a positive self-concept

  • Changing a particular behavior

  • Developing ways to manage the demands of school, social activities and family

  • Making positive decisions and taking responsibility for actions.

2. Interpersonal Relationships

  • Evaluating how prejudice can be harmful

  • Respecting and Appreciating differences

  • Learn how to effectively communicate with others

  • Navigating relationships with friends, dating partners, family members, teachers and employers

3. Post-Secondary Planning and Career Readiness

  • Motivation to achieve in school

  • Understanding how grades can affect post-secondary choices

  • Selecting a career or college path

  • setting post-graduation goals

4. Personal Health and Safety

  • Identifying resilience and positive coping skills

  • Identifying assertiveness skills for personal protection

  • Learning how to set personal boundaries

  • Creating a personal wellness plan

Services for Military Familes

Helpful Information and Links

Bernal Middle School strives to support our Military Families. Bernal has a chapter of the Junior Student to Student ambassador program to welcome new students. We have a Military Pride Club that gathers each six weeks so military connected students can gather and socialize. Bernal celebrates Veterans Day with a breakfast and flag raising ceremony and we celebrate the Month of the Military Child in April. Bernal counselors work with the administration to put these programs in place. Please email Sally Maher for more information.


Northside Military Families Website

Military Resources

Military OneSource

Free Tutoring for eligible service members, civilian personnel, and their dependents

Joint Base San Antonio School Liaison Office

Helpful Resources