Get to Know Your Counselors

Leah Berry - (Bid-Dos)


My name is Leah Berry, counselor at Byron Nelson High School.  This is my seventh year as a counselor at Byron Nelson and my twenty-fourth year in education.  Prior to becoming a counselor I was a math teacher at Pike Middle School.  Before coming to Northwest ISD I taught math in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD.

My upbringing was always on a farm in Eastern Iowa where I learned the basics of life and hard work.  I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and my Master’s in School Counseling from Dallas Baptist University with honors.   Both programs taught me lessons in life, education and the pursuit of enriching the lives of our young future.

I am married to my best friend, Steve, and we have two amazing children.  Walker graduated from Northwest High School in 2014 and recently graduated from Texas Tech University this summer. GUNS UP!!!  Grace attends Medlin Middle school and is super active.  She is in love with soccer and volleyball.  Needless to say, when I am not at Byron, you can find me on a soccer field or a volleyball court throughout DFW or often on the road traveling to play something over and over again.

My number one passion is my family.  I also enjoy working out and shopping.

This is going to be a great year.  I am here to help all students become the best they can be.


Monique Chavez - (Sp-Z)

I began my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California but after moving to Mexico City (and not being able to practice there), I became a school counselor at the American School Foundation and have never looked back!

 I am now in my 14th year as a school counselor.  After returning to the United States, I was a middle school counselor and then a high school counselor in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for 8 years.  I then spent two years exploring the East Coast while living in Ashburn, Virginia, working as a high school counselor, just 30 miles outside of Washington, DC.  A year ago we moved to the DFW area.  I was blessed to join the Byron Nelson High School counseling staff and be a part of the Bobcat family.

 I believe the school counseling program is an integral component of the educational environment and I am excited that I get to be a member in partnership to create student achievement.  I am passionate about guiding and inspiring students toward a path of success, both in high school and beyond. My hope is that all students and families feel welcome to come to me with their concerns and challenges, and that I can help them leave with a plan and purpose.

 I am a native Californian, having grown up in the Los Angeles area but have been afforded the great blessing of experiencing and embracing many cities, states and countries.  My greatest joy comes from my husband and two daughters.   I love soccer, the outdoors, baking and simply enjoying this wonderful life!

Natalie Eddleman (Pi-So)

‚ÄčHello Bobcats!  I am a proud original member of the Byron Nelson High School staff from 2009. I am in my 3rd year as a school counselor at BNHS.  I spent my first 7 years at BNHS serving as the Bobcat Dazzlers director and dance teacher. Prior to coming to NISD I spent 7 years teaching in Keller ISD.  I absolutely love serving the students of BNHS! 

I have lived in Texas since birth, I've called Justin my home for the last 20 years.  I graduated from Texas Woman's University with my bachelor's degree.  My Masters of School Counseling degree is from Lamar University.  

My family is my biggest blessing! Our crew of 5 is all in with NISD!  My husband, Mark, graduated from NISD in 1983 and now works at the Outdoor Learning Center.  My oldest daughter graduated from Byron Nelson in 2016 and have another daughter graduating this year.  My son is in middle school. When not at school my family enjoys riding horses, playing and watching sports and raising dogs.  We are involved in the Guide Dogs for the Blind Byron Nelson FFA Puppy Raisers club.  

Shannon Nobles (Dot-Hon)

Hello BNHS Family! 

This is my fourth year at BNHS.  I was at Medlin Middle School for seven years prior to coming to BNHS.  I have been a school counselor for fourteen years and taught various grades before that, including Kindergarten and Pre-K!  I am so glad to be a part of this amazing counseling team and excited to serve the Byron Nelson community. 

I was born in Arizona, but my family moved to Texas when I was three.  I grew up in Abernathy, a small West Texas town.  I attended Texas Tech and Midwestern State for my Bachelor’s degree and have a Master’s degree from Sam Houston State. 

I have two amazing boys.  Jack is a junior at Wayland Baptist University, where he is majoring in Kinesiology and playing basketball.  Luke is a senior at BNHS.  He is a member of the Bobcat varsity basketball team.  Can’t wait to see what he decides to study in college!  He is still undecided. 

I am active in the CG (Camp Gladiator) community, enjoy reading, binge watching Netflix  and hanging out at home with my two dogs, Cooper and Ruin.  I do love the outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking, running and exploring.  

Ryan Laney (Intervention Counselor)

Jennifer Martinez (Hoo-Maq)

I grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and graduated from Northwest High School, Texas Christian University and the University of North Texas with a Masters in Counseling. 

I have worked for the Northwest ISD Education Foundation, taught special education at Northwest High School, was a counselor at Northwest High School, an interventionist for University Behavioral Health, a counselor at Tidwell Middle School. I now call Byron Nelson High School home.

I am married to my husband, Richard, and have a daughter, Bridget. 

Paige Smith (A-Bic)

I come from a long line of Louisiana educators.  I began my career in Louisiana education in 1994 as a high school math teacher and also taught at the college level.  I have degrees from LSU and Louisiana Tech and have served as a high school counselor in both Louisiana and Texas.  I moved to Texas in 2006 and have been a counselor at Byron Nelson High School since 2010.  I am blessed to live in this wonderful community with my loving family.  I would like to borrow a slogan from the US Navy advertisement to describe how I feel about working at BNHS.  ”It’s not just a job…it’s an adventure.”  I enjoy helping students “figure out life” and I look forward to many more years of counseling the students of NISD.

Megan Thomas (Mar-Ph)
My name is Megan Thomas and I am a counselor at Byron Nelson High School for students with the last name Mar-Ph.  I worked as a classroom teacher for 7 years before becoming a school counselor.  My first counseling job was as a middle school counselor for 4 years and then I moved into the high school counseling role.  I am going on year 5 as a high school counselor. I absolutely love high school counseling and wouldn’t do anything different!

I am originally from California, but have been in Texas for about 15 years.  My husband is a high school football coach, so we spend a lot of our time at different athletic events!  Good thing I love sports!  I have two step sons (one is going into 9th grade and the other is going into 6
th grade) and then one daughter (she is going into 2nd grade).  I love to spend as much time as we can as a family!