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School Counselors

Welcome to Frederick Douglas Elementary! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share this journey with you and look forward to working with you and your children! Mrs. Cancelosi will be the full-time counselor and Mrs. McCauley will be here with us as well and at Tolbert Elementary the other days. We will both be working with all grade levels whether during classroom guidance lessons, small counseling groups, or lunch bunch.  We  will work hard to provide a secure and motivating environment for all the children at FDES!
Below is a list of the classrooms we will primarily be working with through our classroom guidance lessons.   
Mrs. Cancelosi 
1st -  Mrs. Youngs
2nd - Ms. Bedits, Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Totman
3rd - Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Pearson/Mrs. Kelly, Ms. Tenero
4th - Mrs. Allder, Mrs. Haynie, Mr. Ostrander, Ms. Parker
5th - Mrs. Bredice, Ms. Case, Mrs. D'Agostino, Ms. Eble, Mrs. Nelson
Mrs. McCauley
K -  Mrs. Heffelfinger AM, Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Noem, Ms. Overesch, Mrs. Reles
1st - Ms. Allen, Mrs. Ballve, Mrs. Hedrick/Mrs.Klein, Ms. Mydlinski
2nd - Mrs. Bentley, Mrs. Case
3rd - Mrs. Mullane, Mrs. Tucker
4th - Mrs. Alibrandi
Role of an elementary school counselor
What are the benefits of a school counseling program? 

The school counseling program in the elementary school promotes healthy child development and enhances student achievement.  The program also helps provide for the early identification of problems in children and early intervention to prevent these problems from escalating and interfering with learning.


How does a school counselor provide services? 

School counselors provide services to students, parents, school staff and the community in the following areas:


Classroom guidance lessons- Classroom guidance lessons are provided for each grade on a bi-weekly basis.  These lessons incorporate academic, personal/social, and career development.  Classroom activities focus on interpersonal skills, decision-making skills, self-awareness, and character education.  See the above link for more information on the objectives of Classroom Guidance lessons.  


*Small group counseling- The school counselors offers small groups which address a wide range of topics.  Groups are usually made up with less than eight students in the same grade level and last 6 weeks.  Group times are scheduled during the school day at a time that will impact the least amount of instructional time.  Many groups are held during lunch periods.  See the the link for group topics and objectives.


*Individual counseling- The school counselors works with students on an individual basis to help meet the needs of the child. Individual counseling is usually short term and can focus on academic concerns, family issues or student attitudes and behaviors.

Lunch Bunch - The school counselors also enjoy having these special lunches with the students.  Students may ask to have lunch with one to three of their friends as well as one of the counselors.  This is just a fun way to get to know your children better!
 *Parental permission is required for individual and group counseling


Why Do Parents Contact a School Counselor

  • Academic achievement
  • New school registration, orientation and transition
  • Special needs of students
  • Student crisis situations
  • Family transitions
  • Higher education issues


How Is a Student Referred to the School Counselor?

  • Self-referral
  • Teacher, administrator or staff referral
  • Parent referral
  • Counselor Observation


What are some of the tasks a school counselor "doesn't" do? 

*The school counselor does not do testing or diagnosing.  The counselor may help serve as the liaison between the specialists involved in this process, such as the school psychologist, or school social worker.   

*The school counselor does not do "therapy," and will refer out to other professionals if deemed necessary.

*The school counselor does not handle discipline issues.  However, the school counselor may follow up with this student if he/she is currently working with the counselor, or if the student is someone who may begin working with the counselor.  


Minimum Qualifications for a Virginia School Counselor
Master's Degree
State Certifications
Please feel free to call either of us with any questions that you may have regarding your child and/or our program.  We can be reached at 571-252-1920 or via email at  or  We are looking forward to meeting and working with you and your child!  



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