School Counselor

Ms. Sonnessa

My name is Erin Sonnessa and I am thrilled to be the new school counselor for Laurel Elementary and Fancy Gap Elementary School. I was born and raised in Northern Virginia. I attended Old Dominion University where I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. I have recently graduated from Virginia Tech where I received my Master’s in Education Counseling with a focus on School Counseling. This will be my first year as a School Counselor, and I consider myself to be lucky to have this opportunity to pursue my passion, elementary school counseling. I am so excited to get started. This is going to be a fun year filled with learning, growth and lots of new adventures. It is my hope that this school year will be fun and successful experiences for all students. I cannot wait to get to know you, your family, and most importantly your child!

As a dedicated elementary guidance counselor, I perform the following roles in order to promote positive direction for students' academic, social, and emotional well-being.

Guidance Curriculum: Classroom Guidance Lessons; Career Awareness; Conflict Resolution/ Social skills; Developmental Awareness

Individual Planning: Student Assessments; Student Placement & Scheduling; New Student Transition; Academic & Career Advisement

Responsive Services: Mental Health; Family & Teacher Consulting; Crisis Intervention & Grief Management; Psycho-Educational Support Groups

Systems Support: Program Evaluation; Program Development & Coordination; Needs Assessment; Committee Participation

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