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School Counseling

It’s that time of year! Check out the SPECIALTY CENTER OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE! 

Virtual specialty center open houses offer information about high school choices

In addition to the broad spectrum of programs in each comprehensive high school, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers students the opportunity to participate in optional academic programs related to special academic interests. During their eighth-grade year, students can decide whether or not they wish to apply to a specialty center or Governor’s school.

Starting Monday, Oct. 26, Chesterfield families of eighth-grade students who are interested in learning more about these high school opportunities are invited to watch the virtual specialty center fair video at https://mychesterfieldschools.com/. To help students and their parents learn about the variety of high school options, Chesterfield County Public Schools encourages families to visit this resource on the district’s website, as it will share information about all 13 specialty centers, both Governor’s schools, and CodeRVA. Families are also encouraged to visit each of the specialty center websites that interest their child to learn more about each program.

Throughout the rest of October and November, virtual open houses will be offered for each specialty center and Governor’s schools to provide families with in-depth information about each specific site. You can learn more about specific virtual open houses by viewing this year’s specialty center calendar or by visiting that specialty center’s website for event details.

The mission of the Chesterfield County Public Schools school counseling program is to provide high quality academic support and career efforts of students, staff, parents and community. If you have concerns or questions about your child, please contact your child’s counselor at 804-541-4700. The counseling office is open between the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

School Counseling Technician
Wanda Brazee
(804) 768-6225 ext 2220

School Social Worker:
Mr. Ted Price
(804) 768-6225

School Psychologist:
Cutina Evans

Communities in Schools (CIS) Coordinator
Chloe Carter 

School Counseling Team

Sarah Thomson

Sarah Thomson

Ms. Thomson is celebrating her 9th year in education by joining the Salem team as the Counseling Coordinator.  She was previously a counselor at Bailey Bridge Middle School, an elementary counselor in Las Vegas, Nevada and a special education teacher for students with emotional disabilities in Charleston, South Carolina.  Ms. Thomson earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Professional School Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  She is also certified in Child and Adolescent Trauma Therapy.  Ms. Thomson has also provided professional development opportunities for first responders on trauma-informed care.  When she isn’t hanging with her favorite middle school kids, she is either in the mountains exploring a new trail or having fun with her three kids and dog, Ted.

Lindsey Collins

Lindsey Collins

Mrs. Collins is starting her fifth year as a Salem Seahawk and tenth year as a school counselor. She previously worked five years at Varina High School as a high school counselor in Henrico County, Virginia.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Longwood University and her Master of Education with a concentration in School Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012.  She is a National Certified Counselor and is involved with many professional organizations around the state of Virginia.  Mrs. Collins grew up in Hanover County, and is married to a Chesterfield County Public School art teacher.  She has one son who will begin Kindergarten in the fall and a beagle named, “Radar”.  She enjoys attending church, gardening and digging up dinosaur “fossils”, and spending time with family and friends.  This year, she is the seventh grade school counselor and often refers to the students and families she works with as a part of her own family.  “Once you are on the Collins’ caseload, then you are always on the Collins’ caseload.”

Rachel Hermann

Rachel Hermann

Mrs. Hermann is entering her 21st year in education, although it is her first year at Salem Middle and first year as a counselor. She was raised in northern California and moved to Virginia this summer. She has taught social studies for one year in each Colorado and Arizona; two years in San Francisco, and 16 years in Tracy, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from California State University, Stanislaus, followed by a Masters in American Studies from Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. She later returned to CSU Stanislaus for a single subject teaching credential, then a Masters in Education with a focus on counseling. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, often hiking, backpacking, and camping. She also loves running, cooking new foods, eating, and traveling. She is always planning the next adventure.

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model
School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:

Direct Student Services
Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students and include the following:

School counseling core curriculum: This curriculum consists of structured lessons designed to help students attain the desired competencies and to provide all students with the knowledge, attitudes and skills appropriate for their developmental level. The school counseling core curriculum is delivered throughout the school’s overall curriculum and is systematically presented by school counselors in collaboration with other professional educators in K-12 classroom and group activities.

Individual student planning: School counselors coordinate ongoing systemic activities designed to assist students in establishing personal goals and developing future plans.

Responsive services: Responsive services are activities designed to meet students’ immediate needs and concerns. Responsive services may include counseling in individual or small-group settings or crisis response.

Indirect Student Services
Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, other educators and community organizations.