Welcome to the School Counselor webpage. My name is Valecia Noland and I am the school counselor here at Jessup Elementary. The purpose of this page is to inform you about the roles and responsibilities of a school counselor.

Who Are School Counselors?
Professional school counselors, formerly referred to as “guidance counselors,” are professional educators who have a master’s degree or higher in school counseling and are certified or licensed by the state in which they work. Professional school counselors possess the qualifications and skills necessary to address the full array of students’ academic, personal, social and career development needs. (“What is a School Counselor: A Resource Guide for Parents and Students from the ACA

What Services Does A School Counselor Provide?

Individual Counseling
A process where students discuss issues in a safe, positive, and confidential setting (for a limited time, ongoing therapy is not available at school). Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include: feelings, changing families, peer pressure, friends, stress, academics, social skills, academics, bullying, getting along with others, problem-solving, and decision-making.

Small Group Counseling
A process where students, sharing similar issues and concerns, work together in a small group environment consisting of about 5-8 peers. The group sessions usually last about 30 minutes and are held for approximately 5-7 weeks. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include divorce or changing families, grief and loss, study skills and anger management.
Classroom Guidance
A process that includes teaching developmental skills using age appropriate classroom based lessons. Topics are based on the needs of the students and may include:
  • feelings
  • conflict resolution
  • study skills
  • anger management
  • career awareness
  • friendship/social skills
  • teasing/bullying
  • goal setting/decision-making
School-Wide Activities
This process affects our entire school community. These school-wide events support:
  • Academic achievement
  • PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports),
  • Community service
  • School spirit
  • A safe learning environment