Welcome to the Waller Mill Elementary Fine Arts Magnet Counseling Page
Meet the Counselor…
Hello! My name is Catty Corson and I am the new school counselor here at WMES FAM, and I am so excited to be joining this amazing school this year! I am coming from Yorktown Middle School and have also worked at Queens Lake Middle, Grafton Middle, and Patch Elementary School in Stuttgart, Germany. I received my undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and my master's degree at American Military University. I have been a school counselor since 2016.
I am a proud army spouse of 28 years, have lived in 8 states (most twice!) and Germany twice. I love serving military connected/government families and truly understand the challenges they face with moving, making friends, and starting at new schools. I have five children of my own ages 13 to 24 years and they have attended 18 different schools among them.
Please see below for the different ways I support our students. Please do not hesitate to call or email me if you have concerns about your child, and I look forward to working with our WMES FAM families!
School Office: 757-220-4060
School Counseling Office: 757-220-4571
Office Hours: 8:30a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
*During our period of remote instruction, I will be working both from the school building and from home. Please use email to ask questions for a more immediate response if you reach my voicemail.
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 - FLE will be taught in March for grades K - 3 and in May for grades 4 and 5. Virtual academy students will not participate in FLE this year. Please contact your school counselor if you have a specific concern related to Family Life.
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.