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School Counselor: Sierra Garland

Hello Rams families!

My name is Sierra Garland and I am excited to join the Reams Family as the 3rd-5th Grade School Counselor. This is my first year as a school counselor, but my third year in education. Previously, I was a first grade teacher! I enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and family and going on walks with my pup Ginger! I am passionate about equity, inclusion and college and career readiness. I am looking forward to a fantastic year with all of our little Rams!

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School Counselor: Frannie Neal

Hello, Reams Families! I am excited to join the Reams Family as the Kinder-2nd Grade School Counselor. This is my first year at Reams Road Elementary, third year as a school counselor, and seventh year in education! I previously worked as a Child and Family Advocate, Regional College Access Center Coordinator, College and Career Counselor, and Elementary School Counselor in Arizona.

I am passionate about advocacy, equity, and volunteering with the Counselors for Social Justice National Division of the American Counseling Association and the Virginia School Counselor Association. When I am not working, I love hiking, travelling, cooking, and walking my pup, Luna. I look forward to a great year together!

Small Group Counseling

Small group counseling (typically 4-6 participants) is needs based and usually meets once a week during lunch (or another non-instructional time) for four to six weeks. 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.

Common Small Group Topics:

  • Managing Strong Feelings
  • Building Confidence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family Changes
  • Motivation and Organization

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 their academic success. Friendship issues, worries, conflict resolution, difficulty coming to school, grief, and managing emotions are frequent issues children face.

Individual Sessions may include:

  • Talking about things that are important to them
  • Using puppets or stuffed animals to help express feelings and problems
  • Goal Setting
  • Using counseling office as a safe place to calm down
  • Playing games to learn ways to relate to others

Referrals can be made by teachers, parents, administration, as well as by the student. Parents are welcome to call or email the counselors to request individual counseling for their child.

Students may see us at any time for brief discussions, but parental permission must be granted in order for a counselor to work with a student for a series of multiple, planned sessions.

We are unable to provide intensive, long-term counseling services to students.

Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons are part of the comprehensive school counseling program. These lessons are designed to foster students’ academic, social-emotional development, and career awareness at the elementary level.

Common Classroom Lesson Topics:

  • Promote Respect (Bullying Prevention)
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Careers
  • Stress-Management
  • Self-Control
  • Cooperation
  • Responsibility
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