• Counseling Department

  • Dr. Heather Alvira, Counselor

Meet Our Counselor

  • Dr. Alvira grew up in northern Alabama, where she attended Jacksonville State University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Twenty-one years ago, she moved to Atlanta to teach in Dekalb County. In 2001, she moved to Gwinnett and began teaching in Gwinnett County Public Schools. Dr. Alvira has two Masters degrees, one in Elementary Education with an emphasis on reading instruction and her second Master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. She obtained her Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She also obtained her Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. Dr. Alvira has taught kindergarten, first grade, fifth grade, and ESOL. Dr. Alvira was an Assistant Principal for five years before joining the staff at Head Elementary and returning to a school counseling role. She enjoys learning new things, traveling, baking, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves ALL things Atlanta, but is an AVID Atlanta United fan! Dr. Alvira and her husband, Sergio, have three daughters (Caitlin, Savannah, and Isabella), two grandchildren (Hayden and Riley) and one fur-baby (Luna).

Mission and Vision

  • Head Elementary Counseling Program Mission Statement

    The mission of the Head Elementary Counseling Department is to pursue excellence in academics and behavior through a safe, equitable environment which results in measured continuous improvement. Through the delivery of comprehensive, developmentally appropriate counseling services, all students will develop necessary academic, emotional, social, and career skills that enable them to be life-long learners and contributing members of society.


    Head Elementary Counseling Department Vision

    The students served through the Head Elementary Comprehensive School Counseling program possess the academic knowledge and skills to be life-long learners and leaders, as well as successful world-class citizens. They appreciate diversity, effectively use empathy and encouragement, and maintain cultural awareness of selves and others. Striving for greatness and demonstrating resiliency drives them towards success in all areas of life and positively impacts those around them. They implement problem-solving and critical thinking skills which ensures they are college and career ready, contributing members of society, and able to compete on a global scale in all endeavors.