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Counseling Corner
Instructor: Ms. Sutherland & Mrs. Hannon   
Meet the professional school counselors!

Ms. Sutherland

Ms.†Sutherland has been working at Triangle Elementary since 2005.† She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree†from Bluefield College in K-8 Education and a Master's Degree from Radford University in School Counseling.† Prior to moving to Northern Virginia, Ms. Sutherland was a middle school math teacher in Bedford County, VA.

Ms. Sutherland is at Triangle Monday through Friday.† She primarily focuses on guidance classes and groups for grades K, 1, and 4; however, she is available to help all students!

If you'd like to meet, please schedule an appointment in advance. Because both counselors have morning and afternoon duties as well classes throughout the day, we are not always available. Please feel free to contact Ms. Sutherland at or 703-445-0252.

Mrs. Hannon

Mrs. Hannon is thrilled to be back at Triangle Elementary School for her third year! She completed her graduate program in school counseling (Masters in Education and Human Development) at The George Washington University in May 2013. Prior to beginning her graduate program, Mrs. Hannon worked for three years as an admissions counselor in higher education, at Queens University of Charlotte.

At Triangle, Mrs. Hannon will work primarily with grades 2, 3, and 5. Her normal working hours are 8:25-3:55 throughout the school week. If you'd like to meet, please schedule an appointment in advance. Because both counselors have morning and afternoon duties as well classes throughout the day, we are not always available.†Please feel free to email Mrs. Hannon at†or call at 703-445-0253.

Counseling Services:

Individual Counseling:
In a confidential setting, the professional school counselor employs specific counseling techniques to assist students in areas such as: educational planning for high school and college, career planning, developing positives attitudes and behavior, developing skills related to decision making and problem solving, dealing with interpersonal relationships, and crisis intervention. In a counseling relationship the counselor must at times be mindful of their actions in terms of the rights and welfare of the student.

Small Group Counseling:
In small group counseling, the counselor meets with two or more students. In this setting students work on shared tasks and develop supportive relationships. Through giving and receiving feedback, students have the opportunity to gain valuable skills in how to learn and live with others. Group discussion may be problem centered, where attention is given to a particular concern or problem; or group discussion may be growth oriented, where topics are related to personal and academic development.
Classroom Guidance:
Through a series of planned classroom learning experiences, counselors assist teachers with meaningful activities targeting the personal/social, academic, and career development of students. This is a planned, sequential developmental program. The guidance program may focus on topics such as career awareness, test information, test taking skills, or interpersonal skills. The program is proactive and seeks to prevent problems by developing skills in areas such as communication, decision making, conflict resolution, cross cultural effectiveness and personal safety.

Counselors confer directly with teachers, parents, administrators and other helping professionals. Consultation provides for the mutual sharing and analysis of information and ideas to assist in planning implementing strategies to help students. Consultation may take place in individual or group conferences, through staff development activities, or parent education classes.
Counselors serve as a liaison between teachers, parents, support personnel, and community resources to facilitate successful school development. This may include assisting parents to obtain needed services for their children through a referral and follow-up process. It also includes orienting new students to the school and coordinating student transition to the next educational or career level.
Mission Statement:
The mission of the Triangle Elementary School Counseling Program is to provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students.† Our program is designed to help all students develop and enhance their academic, social, career, and personal strengths in order to become responsible and productive citizens.†
Vision Statement:
The vision of the School Counseling Program at Triangle Elementary is to ensure each and every student becomes a fully-functioning, self-fulfilled individual, and counselors are responsible for the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students as a way to empower them to be successful throughout life. Through advocacy, leadership, and collaboration, school counselors are professional student advocates who provide support to maximize student potential and academic success. ††

Belief Statement:
1.†† Every student is valuable and is treated with dignity and respect.
2.†† All students will have access to high quality school counseling services, provided by a full-time licensed, professional school counselor.
3.†† All studentsí ethnic, cultural, racial differences are considered in the design and delivery of school counseling services.
4.†† All students can expect that school is a safe and nurturing environment.
In accordance with the Ethical Standards for School Counselors set forth by the American School Counselor Association, the counseling program at Triangle Elementary School respects the privacy of every student and with certain legally defined exceptions honors the confidentiality of the relationship between counselor and student.
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