Two counselors pose for a photo in school

School Counselor: Mary Margaret Brown

Hello Reams Families!  I’m very excited to join Reams Road Elementary as your school counselor! 

Before coming to Reams Road, I worked for the past 25 years in various positions in the fields of mental health, disabilities, and family care.  Most recently, I worked as program director and family care coordinator at a local organization serving families of those with special needs. I’m originally from Colorado where I earned my license in school counseling. The last 18 years I’ve resided in Chesterfield, Virginia with my husband of 26 years and our 4 children (ages 16-23).   I’m a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Virginia School Counselor Association.  My favorite activities include going to the beach or mountains, mountain biking, hiking, and playing piano and violin.

I look forward to meeting you as we begin the 2023-2024 year!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at [email protected] .

School Counselor: Frannie Neal

Hello Reams Families, welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We are very excited for this new school year! This is my third year at Reams and sixth year as a school counselor. Before joining the Reams community, I worked as a child and family advocate, regional college access center coordinator, college and career counselor, and elementary school counselor in Tucson, Arizona. 

I am passionate about advocacy, equity, and volunteering with the Counselors for Social Justice National Division of the American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association, and the Virginia School Counselor Association. I also love to hike, travel, garden, practice yoga, and walk our dogs, Luna and Cody. 

Please let me know what questions or concerns you might have, and feel free to contact me at fra[email protected]. We 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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