Pam Shearin - Guidance Counselor

Our Program

The goal of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Elementary School Guidance Program is to partner with parents, community, faculty and staff to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students thus preparing them with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society.
What are School Counselors?
"Elementary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today's diverse student population."
-American School Counselors Association

Your Counseling Program:
-Is for all students
- Is preventative in nature
- Is confidential and voluntary
- Addresses the academic, career and personal/social domains
- Encourages better interpersonal relationships
- Promotes positive attitudes and choices
- Helps students feel "safe" so they may concentrate on learning

What Do School Counselors Do?

We are here to help you and your students! Here are some ways we can offer support:

  • Individual Counseling:  By teacher, parent or student self-referral, we work with students on anything impeding the learning process. Small Group Counseling: Also by referral, "Lunch Bunches" are a means of offering peer support and social skills training.
  • Classroom Guidance: Monthly and by teacher request, we conduct lessons on citizenship and prosocial behaviors. We use the Principles of American Citizenship to guide our monthly themes. Consultation: We work with teachers and parents to understand and meet each individual students' needs.
  • Coordination: We offer assistance in making use of community resources and referrals to outside agencies.
  • Advocacy: We strive to support the rights of each individual child.
  • Parent/Teacher services:  We offer presentations on topics of common interest or concern by request.
  • Crisis Management: We offer support during times of trauma affecting individual students or the entire school community.

Why Elementary School Counselors?

"Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners.Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all children can achieve academic success."
-American School Counselors Association

Vision Statement

The students at Seatack Elementary will be encouraged by the school counselor to become independent thinkers, goal setters, life-long learners and productive citizens. We will provide a comprehensive guidance program that enhances students’ academic, personal and social development. We will strive to collaborate with parents, teachers, administration, and other school and community members to promote student success.

VB Schools Guidance Program Link