Dr. Donna Hickman

Dr. Donna Hickman

Assistant Professor

I'm passionate about Counselor Education, my French bulldog puppies Lola and Lucy, and New York Giants football!

Academic and Professional Degrees Earned

  • PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision

    - Texas A&M University - Commerce

  • MS in Counseling

    - Texas A&M University - Commerce

  • BS in Elementary Education

    - Langston University - Tulsa

""I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou"

My Unique Approach to Education

I believe relationships with students are the key to success in the classroom. My philosophy of teaching begins by creating a safe place for students to learn and develop the competencies and skills essential for becoming professional counselors. One of my favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou, and it illustrates my teaching philosophy perfectly: “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Biography

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a certified school counselor in the state of Texas. I have 22 years of experience in Texas public schools as an elementary school teacher and counselor. I started my career as a fourth-grade teacher in Dallas ISD and Frisco ISD, and then served as an elementary school counselor in Frisco ISD for 13 years. I also have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in private practice. My dissertation research examined the impact of role ambiguity, stress, and burnout in elementary school counselors. I am an active member of several professional counseling associations with numerous presentations on topics such as school counselor supervision, research methods and statistics, sand tray therapy, counselor self-care, and counseling ethics. I live with my family in Frisco and enjoy traveling, watching reality TV, and spoiling my fur babies. I am excited to be transitioning to the world of academia as an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the School Counseling program at Amberton University.

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