Counseling services are centered on the commitment to assist the students with their academic, social-emotional, spiritual and vocational needs, focusing on the students' specific strengths and abilities. These four domains encompass our view of the whole child. We recognize each student as an individual with unique gifts and talents, and will assist the student in focusing on those attributes rather than his/her limitations. Services are available for all students, not just those with identified academic or emotional needs.
The role of the counselor is to create and implement a comprehensive school counseling program that meets students where they are. The counselor provides education, prevention, early identification, and intervention to help elementary students achieve academic success and develop social-emotional skills needed by today’s Catholic school students.
The counselor is available to the entire student body. She meets with small groups to focus on timely issues as well as individually with students on an as-needed basis. The counselor consults regularly with teachers and is available to parents and guardians via email, phone, or in-person by appointment.
Counseling is voluntary and confidential. Referrals can be made by the student, parents, teachers, administrators, or other appropriate school staff.
Meet Our Counselor
Ann M Croft, MSW
Supervisee in Social Work
Ms. Croft is the counselor at Saint James School. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Psychology and Education and spent a decade as a 4th and 6th grade classroom teacher in both Catholic and public elementary schools in the DC area. After earning her MSW from VCU and spending time as a stay at home mom, she is excited to return to the school setting to work as a counselor. She recently began the process of pursuing her Virginia certification as a licensed clinical social worker.
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