Counselor’s Role

What Do Elementary Counselors Do? 

  • Lessons: Elementary School Counselors go into the classrooms and teach lessons about a variety of topics, including bullying prevention, empathy, problem-solving, middle school transition, career exploration, personal safety, and more! We use the Second Step program, an evidence-based social-emotional learning curriculum. To learn more about Second Step, visit http://www.secondstep.org.
  • Small Counseling Groups: We offer small counseling groups to students to work on specific skills such as social skills, emotional regulation, coping with worries and stress, and more. Most groups meet for 6 to 8 weeks and require parental permission.
  • Individual Short-Term Counseling: School Counselors can work with students individually for a few sessions to help support them with issues affecting them at school.
  • Consult: We are happy to consult with parents and staff members about students to help all of our students meet their greatest potential!

School Counselors are a part of the regular education team of the school, available to work with everyone, and we want to be as accessible as possible.  So, if your child comes home and says he or she ate lunch with the counselor, that’s probably a really good thing!

If you have any questions and would like to talk with us, please do!  We are available to help you find answers.  Just email or call with any questions or concerns and we will be happy to talk with you.

Debra Gaeta                            Kelynne Bisbee – Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays
debra.gaeta@apsva.us          kelynne.bisbee@apsva.us
703-228-8361                          703-228-8367