New Braunfels ISD hires first director of counseling

Kelley Shipman has worked in NBISD for seven years and currently serves as an assistant principal for NBMS. (Courtesy New Braunfels ISD)
Kelley Shipman has worked in NBISD for seven years and currently serves as an assistant principal for NBMS. (Courtesy New Braunfels ISD)

Kelley Shipman has worked in NBISD for seven years and currently serves as an assistant principal for NBMS. (Courtesy New Braunfels ISD)

New Braunfels ISD officials announced April 25 that Kelley Shipman has been hired as the district’s first director of counseling.

Shipman is serving as an assistant principal at New Braunfels Middle School and will begin her new role on July 1, according to the district.

The newly created position will work with campus counselors and Communities in Schools staff to support their work, according to the district.

Additionally, Shipman will oversee efforts to increase the health and well-being of students and staff and will develop models of support in times of crisis, loss and grief.

"We are excited to have Mrs. Shipman transition into this newly created position,” said Ingia Saxton, executive director of secondary schools for the district, in a letter to parents. “She will be instrumental in increasing the level of services we provide for our students, staff and parents. With her leadership and experience, we will see an increase in student success at all levels."


Shipman has been an educator for 17 years, seven of which have been in NBISD. Before becoming an assistant principal she served as a school counselor at several schools.

She also has a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Texas A&M University at San Antonio and is a member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, Texas School Counselors Association and the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, according to the district.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.