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School Counseling

The mission of the school counselor is to align with the school vision which is to support students so they can achieve their full potential.  As the school counselor, I will address academic, personal/social and career developmental needs of students through classroom lessons, group counseling and individual counseling sessions.  The school counselor will collaborate with the students, staff, parents and community resources to facilitate a positive, supportive and culturally sensitive program to ensure a school community that is safe, healthy and nurturing environment for all.  The school counselor will address continuous program evaluation and improvement through data collection.

Our Salem counselor - Miss Layton Grier
phone:  804-768-6215 ext. 3

Miss Grier was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia.  She received her B.A. in child psychology at Hollins College and then moved to Richmond to obtain her masters in elementary school counseling.  She was a counselor at Ecoff for 12 years and is starting her 13th year here at Salem Elementary this school year.  She is also a 500 hour registered yoga teacher and enjoys sharing her passion for yoga with the students and teachers.  

What does a school counselor do? 
The role of the elementary counselor is to guide, advise, recommend, consult, and assist with the near limitless variety of concerns that students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community at large may have. Specifically, the thrust of the counseling program is defined by three major goals: 
  • To assist students with personal and academic concerns such as coping with stress, learning to study, and behaving appropriately in class.
  • To help students develop educational and career decision-making skills including knowing how to make decisions, developing individual interests and abilities, and learning about job and careers.
  • To aid students in developing interpersonal skills such as resolving conflicts.

Who is a school counselor?
  • A Professional who has earned a Master’s Degree in school counseling.
  • An Educator who holds state certification in school counseling to include counseling theories and practices, human behavior, career education, individual appraisal, and social/cultural issues. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today's students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor's knowledge and effectiveness.
  • A Specialist who has expertise in age-specific developmental stages of student growth, and the needs, tasks, and student interests related to those stages.