School Counseling

Mission

The mission of James Wood Middle School's counseling department is to support students as lifelong learners so they can achieve their full potential. School counselors will provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate counseling program to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career goals so they are successful in school and are prepared to be productive members of society. In cooperation with students, staff, and parents, the school counselor will create a positive supportive counseling program  that will ensure a safe and nurturing school 
environment for everyone.

The department consists of three school counselors and one registrar/secretary. One school counselor is assigned to each of the three grade levels and works with those students as they progress from sixth through eighth grade.

Teri McGuirk Secretary/Registrar 540-667-7500 ext. 82194
Rhonda Headley 6th Grade Counselor 540-667-7500 ext. 82195
Denise McKaig-Phillips 7th Grade Counselor
Lead Counselor
540-667-7500 ext. 82185
Shaniqua Williams 8th Grade Counselor 540-667-7500 ext. 82196

The counseling and guidance program is designed to promote academic/educational, personal/social and career development. As an integral part of the school program, counseling and guidance builds a strong foundation for learning and growth in the following ways:
  • a positive attitude toward school/learning
  • personal responsibility
  • respect for self and others
  • decision making skills
What do school counselors do?
  • Counsel students individually or in small groups to meet identified needs
  • Deliver school counseling curriculum
  • Consult with parents, teachers, and other school staff regarding the student's needs, as well as, community resources
  • Participate in planning, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive guidance program
  • Know/Adhere to ethical, legal and professional standards of the counseling profession
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