Mrs. Kelly Sarkees
School Counselor (M-F)
Kelly Sarkees is the School Counselor at Woolridge Monday-Friday. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from VCU. She is also a graduate of Chesterfield County Public Schools and has worked at many schools in Chesterfield. She loves going to the beach and spending time with her family. This is Mrs. Sarkees’ 10th year at Woolridge Elementary School. We welcome our students and families new to Woolridge Elementary School and look forward to working with all of our families this year.
Ms. Scarlet Thompson
School Counselor (M-W)
Scarlet Thompson is the School Counselor at Woolridge on Monday-Wednesday. Scarlet attended Radford University and Virginia Commonwealth University to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She pursued her Master’s degree at VCU in Counselor Education. Scarlet loves going to the beach and spending time with her dog. This is Scarlet’s first year here at Woolridge, and she looks forward to meeting and working with all of the Wildcats and their families!!
Mrs. Paula Herrington
School Counselor (even calendar dates)
Paula Herrington is a school counselor at Woolridge every other day; when the calendar date is an even number.
Paula earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. She loves spending time with her family and playing all sorts of board games. This is Paula’s first year at Wooldridge and she is very excited about building relationships with our students, families and staff.
The school counseling program at Woolridge Elementary School focuses on helping students develop to their highest potential through a comprehensive developmental counseling program which addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of all students.
Who is a school counselor?
A school counselor must earn a Master’s Degree in school counseling and hold state certification in school counseling to include counseling theories and practices, human behavior, career education, individual appraisal, and social/cultural issues. Maintaining certification includes on-going professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness.
The primary role of school counselors is to help students learn and develop to their highest potential socially, emotionally, and academically. The school counseling program provides students with early interventions as well as preventative strategies to ensure that all students achieve success in school and in life.