Hello & Welcome to Hallettsville Elementary

Hello, my name is Trina Sitka Patek and I have been working and learning in the field of Education for the past 26 years. I began my career as a Kindergarten and Reading Intervention teacher. Eventually, I obtained a Masters degree in Administration & Supervision and served HES as principal for 11 years. Most recently, I returned to graduate school and received my School Counselor certification. Currently, I serve HISD as the District Testing Coordinator and HES Counselor

Counseling at HES


As the school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career and social/emotional development of all students.  Group lessons and activities promote a campus climate that builds confidence and reminds students that everyone is special and possesses unique strengths and talents. Students will visit me throughout the year and learn about the characteristics it takes to be: kind, responsible, respectful, courageous, honest and a problem solver. In addition, students will learn about and explore the positive effects of developing a

growth mindset

What is it? Originally, the thought was that our intelligence is fixed- meaning we were either smart or not smart. Scientists have proven multiple times that this theory is not true. Our brain acts like a muscle and the more we use it, the stronger and smarter our brain becomes. So, what does a growth mindset look like? A person with a growth mindset:

  •      gives their best effort
  •      learns from feedback
  •      accepts challenges
  •      seeks to solve problems
  •      tries new things
  •      realizes that mistakes are a part of learning


I am excited to work with your child throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at tpatek@hisdbrahmas.org or call 361 798 0195 ext 105.


Recent Posts

Social & Emotional Learning

Hallettsville Elementary utilizes the Second Step Program for PK through Grade 2. The program is a universal, classroom-based program designed to increase students' school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self regulation. It teaches skills that strengthen students' ability to learn, have empathy, manage emotions and solve problems. Equipping students with Second Step skills creates a safer, more respectful learning environment that promotes school success for all.
Your FUTURE is key so stay DRUG FREE!
HES students pledge to be DRUG FREE during the month of October!

Cool School Anti-Bullying

There’s nothing worse than seeing a child who has been bullied and not knowing how to help. So often kids bully when adults aren’t around. Even if you as the teacher can step in and put a stop to behavior that you see in class, you know that there are probably things happening behind the scenes that you are missing. One of the most powerful things a teacher can do to stop bullying is teach students how to handle themselves when they come face-to-face with a bully.