Welcome to the Waller Mill Elementary Fine Arts Magnet Counseling Page
Meet the Counselor…
Hello! My name is Agatha Pilola and I am your Waller Mill School Counselor! I was a special education para-educator here at Waller Mill years ago before I decided to go to school full time to pursue my degree in counseling. After graduating from Old Dominion University with my masters, I started my counseling career in 2020 at Magruder Elementary as their part time counselor. While I loved Magruder Elementary, I am so glad to be here at Waller Mill, which feels like home. I am married to a fellow educator at the high school level and we have two children ages 4 and 7, one who will be joining me at Waller Mill this year! Some of my favorite things are the beach, reading, and baking.
This year one of my main focuses will be on reconnecting our students after such a roller coaster year. We will be building healthy relationships, positive character traits, practicing appropriate and respectful communication skills, and learning coping techniques for resiliency.
Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have concerns about your child. I am so looking forward to getting to know each of our students and families!
School Office: 757-220-4060
School Counseling Office: 757-220-4571
Office Hours: 8:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
What can your school counselor do for you?
The school counseling program at WMES FAM is aligned with the school's mission to support the Social/Emotional, Academic, and Career needs of all students. These needs are addressed with the following services:
Classroom Counseling- Throughout the school year, classroom lessons will be presented to students on many topics which may include:
- Emotional regulation and mindfulness
- Character education
- Career exploration
- Positive peer relationships and conflict resolution
- Study skills and test-taking strategies
- Bucket filling
Small Group Counseling - Students may be referred by parents, teachers, or the counselor to participate in small group counseling. Topics are based on the highest needs of students and may include:
- Friendship and social skills
- Emotional regulation
- Resiliency (coping with stressors and/or change)
- Academic success (study skills and work habits)
- Military deployment
Individual Check-Ins - School counselors provide individual check-ins with students virtually. 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
Gifted Program Contact - School Counselors serve as the Gifted Program contact. Please contact me with any questions about the YCSD EXTEND gifted education program and referral process.
Referrals - If you are in need of assistance, your school counselor can help by locating community resources or referrals for long-term counseling.
Family Life Education - more details to come
Confidentiality - Information students share with the school counselor is confidential. Students' right to privacy is guarded as much as permitted by law, ethics, and school policy. The school counselor is obligated to break confidentiality when there is potential harm to the student or others, concern of neglect or abuse, or a court of law that requires testimony or student records. At times, the counselor and shcool-based staff (teacher, social worker, principal, etc.) will need to exchange information about a student (i.e. how they are coping in class, strategies to help, etc.). All communication will take place only on a need-to-know basis.