Amirah Bohler, 2018 Teacher of the Year!
Position: School Counselor

Biography: This is Ms. Bohler’s 4th year at Hening and she’s very excited to be a part of the Hening family. She is the counselor for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 4th grade. Ms. Bohler earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and later, her Master’s degree in Counselor Education from VCU. Being raised in Chesterfield County, Ms. Bohler is excited to have the opportunity to serve the families in her community. When not at Hening, Ms. Bohler can be found out in the community working with youth, engaging in different outreach projects, volunteering at church, with her Howard Alumni Club, or with family and friends. Ms. Bohler looks forward to getting to know you and helping make this school year an awesome one!

Amanda Nielsen
Position: School Counselor

Biography: This is Mrs. Nielsen’s third year at Hening! She is the counselor for 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade. Mrs. Nielsen attended VCU for her undergraduate degree and Virginia Tech for her master’s degree. When not at Hening, Mrs. Nielsen loves to cook and spend time with her family and friends. She looks forward to another great year with Hening students and families!

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is a one-to-one meeting with the counselor to discuss a problem or topic of interest that may be affecting a student’s academic success. Some issues elementary students face include, but not limited to, friendship issues, worries, conflict resolution, difficulty coming to school, grief, strong emotions, and family changes. Some techniques used during individual counseling may include: discussion, games, stories, activities, and role-playing to share matters of importance. Developing strategies and goal setting are also utilized during sessions. Individual counseling takes place during the school day at a time that is least disruptive to the student’s routine.

Referrals for students to meet with a school counselor can be made by classroom teachers, administration, parents, or through student self-referrals. Parents are welcome to call or e-mail the counselors at any time to request individual counseling for their child(ren). While students may see us at any time for brief discussions, parental permission must be granted in order for a counselor to work with a student for a series multiple, planned sessions.

While we provide many services for students, we are unable to testify in child custody matters. We are also unable to provide intensive, long-term counseling services to students, but would be able to provide necessary resources upon request.

Group Counseling

Small group counseling (typically 5-7 participants) is needs based and usually meets once a week for four to six weeks at times least disruptive to the learning environment. Small groups provide members the opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other. Group topics are chosen based upon student needs and can change throughout the school year. Participation, which is voluntary and confidential, requires permission from a parent or guardian. Referrals for groups are made by parents and teachers. Priority is given to students who show an academic need. Some small group counseling may take place during recess or lunch.

  • Some Small Group Topics:
  • Getting Along With Others
  • Strong Feelings
  • Family Changes
  • Grief and Loss
  • Academic Success
  • Classroom Guidance

Classroom Guidance are age appropriate lessons delivered to each grade on topics related to academic success, social/emotional development, and college & career exploration. Classroom guidance is one avenue that allows the school counseling program to be PRO-active and equip our students with self-knowledge, coping strategies, and life skills that will assist them in becoming problem solvers, collaborative workers, and responsible citizens.

  • Common Classroom Guidance Topics:
  • P.R.I.D.E. (Our PBIS values)
  • Promote Respect
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Empathy
  • Diversity
  • Getting Along with Others
  • Tattling
  • Self-Control
  • Stress Management
  • Organization
  • Internet Safety
  • Goal Setting/ Middle School Transition
  • Career Exploration

School-wide Programs are used to help promote our P.R.I.D.E. core values at our school throughout the year. Our programs include:

Promote Respect: A county-wide initiative that teaches students positive peer interactions, the definition of bullying, and how to report bullying to an adult.

Positive Behavioral interventions and Support: PBIS is implemented at our school on many levels through the teaching and reinforcement of Hening P.R.I.D.E. Students are provided with social/emotional and behavioral support throughout the school year.

  • AAA Safety Patrol
  • Unity Day
  • Inclusive Schools Week