Get to Know Your Counselors

Ryan Laney (Intervention Counselor)

Sarah Matteson (Truancy Counselor)

Paige Smith (A-BON) 

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.

Leah Berry  (BOO-DO)


This is my tenth year as a counselor at Byron Nelson and my twenty-seventh year in education.  Prior to becoming a counselor, I was a math teacher in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD and later taught math at Pike Middle School. 

I grew up on a farm in Eastern Iowa where I learned the value of 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. 

I am married to my best friend, Steve, and we have two amazing children.  Walker graduated from Northwest High School and Texas Tech University and Grace attends Byron Nelson and is a member of the soccer team.  When I’m not at Byron, you can find me on a soccer field throughout DFW or on the road traveling to watch her play.  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.


Page Hanna (DR-HOO)

(Bio coming soon)


 Jennifer Martinez (HOP-MARS)
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. 

Christina Salcido (MART-PH)

I grew up in Southern Colorado and began my teaching career in Colorado Springs after graduating from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  My husband and I then worked and lived on the East Coast before settling down in North Texas.

I earned my Master’s Degree at Texas Woman’s University in their Counseling and Development program where I worked on a dual track of Community and School Counseling. 

When I’m not at school, I enjoy exploring family activities in DFW.  My daughters are busy in soccer and gymnastics, so we are always on the go.  They have fun and I love to see their engagement and growth.   We also enjoy discovering new food venues and cultural activities in our area. 

Supporting our Byron Nelson families has been so rewarding, and I am looking forward to a great school year.  

Emily Shipman (PI-SO)

I am so excited to be a part of the Byron Nelson High School counseling team! I have worked as a marketing teacher and DECA advisor in Birdville ISD for the past nine years. I received my undergraduate degree from Syracuse University (GO ORANGE!) and my Master of Education in School Counseling from Lamar University. My husband Billy is a police Lt. in Irving, and we have three children: Hallie, Josephine and Wyatt. Some of my personal favorites include the Dallas Cowboys, coffee, and staying active with my family. I am passionate about helping all students achieve academic, career, and social success. I feel honored to work with the wonderful students and staff at BNHS, and am looking forward to a great year!

Monique Chavez  (SP-Z)

In the early 2000s, I began my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist inCalifornia.  In 2005, I moved to Mexico City and because I could not practice there, I became a school counselor at The American School Foundation and never looked back!

After returning to the United States, I was a middle school and then a high school counselor in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, for eight years.  In 2015, I moved to Ashburn, Virginia, where I spent two years exploring the East Coast and working as a high school counselor, just 30 miles outside of Washington, DC.  In 2017, I was blessed to join the Byron Nelson High School counseling staff and become a part of the Bobcat family!

I believe the school counseling program is an integral component of the educational environment and I am excited to partner with teachers and parents 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 hopes and dreams, concerns and challenges, and hope 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 citiesstates and countries.  My greatest joy comes from my husband and two daughters.   I love soccer, the outdoors, baking, and simply enjoying this wonderful life!