What We Do

We offer counseling services at John M. Gandy Elementary to all students both individually and in groups. These services address the academic, social, emotional, and developmental needs of students.

If you need to speak to our school counselor, please ask your teacher for a counselor form and send it to the office.


Paula Drumheller
Lindsey Hamden
(804) 365-4643

Classroom Instruction Lessons

Mrs. Jennifer Gray, our school counselor, leads lessons in all 3–5 classrooms to support our academic program goals. Classroom instruction lessons throughout the year are based on categories that fall under the three counseling domains:  

  • Academic Skills
  • Personal-Social Skills
  • Career Awareness

Group Counseling

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Mrs. Gray accepts referrals for students who would benefit from participation in small group counseling experiences. Small groups focus on skills including friendship, study skills, divorce/separation, grief/loss, and anger management. We offer additional topics throughout the year based on students’ needs. The benefit of group counseling is that it provides an opportunity for children to meet other children who are experiencing concerns similar to their own. Sometimes, just knowing they are not alone means a lot.  

Individual Counseling

Call us at (804) 365-4643 to discuss your concerns. If it seems appropriate, we can schedule a time each week for your child to meet with me for individual counseling. The school counselor typically provides 4–6 weeks of counseling sessions. 


An important part of the school counselor's role is consultation. A counselor may consult with parents, faculty, other school staff, and community agencies in order to best meet the individual needs of all students.

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