• Welcome to the Tabb Counseling Corner!

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    Meet your school counselors…

    Andrea Ross

    aross@ycsd.york.va.us

    My name is Andrea Ross and I am excited to be a part of the Tabb Elementary School Counseling team!  I have worked previously as an elementary school counselor at a DoDEA school overseas and as a middle school counselor within the York County School Division.  I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Louisville and an M.A. in Counseling from Adams State University. 

    I am part of a military family and am happy to be settled in York County. I am proud to be a part of the Tabb family, both as a parent and as your school counselor. After living in 9 states and 3 countries myself, I enjoy helping students with transitions big and small.   I provide student support through classroom guidance, conflict resolution, and individual and group counseling. I also act as the Gifted Program and Family Life Education point of contact.  I am at Tabb Monday through Friday and work primarily with grades 2-5.

    Carie Collazo-Gonzalez

    ccollazo-gonzalez@ycsd.york.va.us

    My name is Carie S. Collazo-Gonzalez and I am lucky to be part of the Yorktown School System. I am split with Tabb Elementary School and Bethel Manor Elementary School. I am at Tabb every Monday and Tuesday and every other Wednesday. I am at Bethel Manor Elementary every Thursday and Friday and every other Wednesday.  I have my master’s in psychology and in School Counseling. I am also a licensed instructor for Youth Mental Health First Aid.

    Like my co-counselor, I also come from a military family. We spent the last 15.5 years stationed in Savannah, GA and have spent the last year here at Ft. Eustis. I am a proud military wife and mother of two awesome children. 

    While at Tabb, I primarily work with the Kinder and First.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions you might have!

    Our Mission

    The mission of our school counseling program is to provide a comprehensive and developmental program that empowers ALL students in their academic, personal/social, and career exploration endeavors. We are only able to accomplish this through a partnership with our Tabb parents, teachers, staff, and community. We look forward to getting to know you and your family this year. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or if we can be of any assistance.

    Please note that during this period of remote operation, our digital office hours are 10:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday. We will do our best to provide an immediate response during those hours.   Any correspondence received outside of those hours will be answered as soon as possible, but no later than the next business day. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this time.

    What can your school counselors do for you?

    Classroom Counseling –Throughout the school year, counselors will present classroom counseling lessons to students in grades K-5. Students will learn about many important topics which may include:

      • Positive peer relationships and conflict resolution
      • Emotional regulation and mindfulness
      • Character education
      • Career Exploration
      • Test-taking strategies and study skills

    Group Counseling –Students may be referred by parents, teachers, or counselors to participate in small group counseling.  Group counseling topics are developed based on the highest needs of students and may include:

      • Friendship and social skills
      • Emotional regulation
      • Resiliency (coping with stressors and/or change)
      • Self-esteem
      • Academic success (study skills and work habits)
      • Military deployment

    Individual Counseling – School counselors provide short-term, goal-oriented counseling.  Referrals to community resources will be provided for students needing long-term counseling services. Students may speak with the counselor individually through parent referral, teacher referral, or self-referral. A student may talk with the school counselor about:

      • Academic concerns
      • Family changes or concerns
      • Peer relationships and friendship
      • Decision-making

    Family Life Education – School counselors teach the Family Life Education curriculum to students in Grades K-3. Counselors and classrooms teachers will collaboratively teach the curriculum to students in Grades 4 and 5.

    Gifted Program Contact – School counselors serve as the Gifted Program contact at the school. Please contact them with any questions or concerns.

    Referrals – If you are in need of assistance, your school counselors can help by locating community resources or referrals for long-term counseling services.

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