Meet our school counselors, school psychologist, and social worker and learn about our school counseling program
The mission of the White Oaks elementary counseling department is to provide proactive, developmentally appropriate programs which foster academic growth, career exploration and social-emotional learning. Through leadership, advocacy and collaboration with other staff members, parents, and community partners, we work to promote equity, compassion, and an inclusive school environment.
The comprehensive school counseling program at White Oaks Elementary School will help students to develop the 21st century skills included in the FCPS Portrait of a Graduate: Communicator, Collaborator, Ethical/Global Citizen, Creative/Critical Thinker, Goal-Directed/Resilient.
The foundation of the school counseling program is made up of the 4 Cs:
Counseling (Individual and group)
School counselors help students to become mindful learners, develop decision-making and problem-solving skills, encourage pro-social interactions, foster resilience, and practice self-regulation skills and empathy.
School counselors help parents communicate with teachers to advocate for their child. They can provide parents information about developmental stages and needs, inform parents of school services and community agencies.
How can a student meet with a school counselor?
All students have access to the school counselor through whole class lessons. Individual students may be referred to the counselor by families, teachers and/or administrators. Students may self-refer and fill out a request slip delivered to the appropriate counselor assigned to their class.
Privacy of information shared by parents and students will be protected unless student safety is in question. The counselor will obtain permission for ongoing group or individual counseling.
Lynn Bush : Kdg (Craig and DePalma), 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade
Jayne Mejia: Kdg (DiBacco) 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade
School Psychology Services
School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other caregivers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social-emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.
Our School Psychologist
Social Work and Support Services
School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.
All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.