Ms. Marshall with kids    Mrs. Anderson

 

Q. Who are the School Counselors?

Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca Marshall and I am the full-time school counselor at Bel Air Elementary School. This is my 18th year at Bel Air and my 20th year in the Prince William County school system. I received my degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Elementary Education and Psychology and my Master’s in Education, with specialization in School Counseling from Millersville University. I am a member of the Virginia School Counselor Association and the American School Counselor Association. I love being a school counselor and I am excited to work with your children and help them reach their fullest potential.

 

Hello! My name is Taylor Anderson, and I am the new counselor here at Bel Air Elementary School on Wednesdays. I am excited to be spending this year with you! I spent my childhood in Louisiana and my teenage and college years in Texas. I attended Stephen F. Austin State University and earned my bachelor's degree in psychology and my minor in human development and family living. I earned my master's degree in school counseling from Hampton University. I chose to go into school counseling because education and decision making are extremely important to me. Children need adults who genuinely care about their future and who are willing to give advice, guidance, and most importantly love. I am here to help students and their families succeed and achieve in this part of the learning journey of the students' lives. 

 

Q. What do School Counselors do?

Individual counseling

• Small group counseling

• Classroom guidance lessons

• Consultation and collaboration with teachers, parents, and administrators

• Plan special events such Red Ribbon Week and the Great Kindness Challenge

Q. Do School Counselors provide therapy?

No, school counselors do not provide therapy. Although school counselors are highly trained, we are not able to diagnose or treat mental illness as a therapist would in a private practice or outside agency. If a student needs long-term, intensive services, school counselors can refer them to a therapist in the community who can help.

Q. Is a School Counselor’s work confidential?

Yes, school counselors respect students by keeping the information they share confidential. A critical step in building trust and rapport with students is making sure they know that we will respect their privacy. School counselors will share critical information with teachers, parents and administrators on a “need to know” basis. If a student is hurting themselves or someone else, or someone else is hurting them, the school counselor will inform the appropriate stakeholders right away to ensure their safety.

Please note: If your child is doing virtual learning, there will be limits to confidentiality. Additionally, counselors will inform families when a student meets with a school counselor.

Q. How do we contact the school counselor?

  • Students can let their teacher know if they wish to speak with the school counselor.
  • Links will be added to the school counselors' Canvas page that will help students access a “Request to see the Counselor” form. 
  • Parents and staff can reach the school counselors by e-mail: Rebecca Marshall: [email protected] and Taylor Anderson: [email protected] or by phone at (703) 670-4050.