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All elementary school counselors in Loudoun County teach objectives from the three major domains:  academic development, career development and personal/social development from the “Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools.”


Mrs. Shanholtzer visits each classroom for 45 minutes (30 minutes in kindergarten) every other week throughout the school year.  Classroom guidance lessons are developed to be developmentally age appropriate and include but are not limited to topics in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development.



  • Working in Small/Large Groups
  • Developing Appropriate Communication Skills
  • Understanding the Value of Individual Effort
  • Study Skills/Time Management/Organization Skills
  • Recognition of Strengths & Weaknesses
  • Transition to Middle School (5th Grade)   


  • Goal Setting
  • Understanding the Concept of Job & Career
  • Teamwork
  • Understanding the Essentials for Success
  • Understanding the Value of Individual Effort
  • Identifying Hobbies & Interests
  • Exploration of Career Choices
  • Character Education (Responsibility, Respect, Caring, Fairness, Citizenship and Trustworthiness)
  • Friendship
  • School & Community Resources
  • Diversity
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making & Problem Solving
  • Managing Peer Pressure
  • Identifying the Dangers of Substance Use & Abuse (5th Grade)
  • Bullying
Last Modified on September 24, 2013