Counselor's Corner

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Harry E. James Elementary School strives to create a safe learning environment where all students are inspired. Students will be prepared for present and future challenges both in and outside of the school building. They will grow as learners and people, carrying these tools into their adolescence and adulthood. Ultimately, reaching their full potential and making a positive impact throughout their future education and employment, spanning 5-15 years in the future.

Our vision is based on the beliefs that:

    • Every student can learn, and every student can succeed
    • Every student should have access to an opportunity for a high quality education
    • Every student should graduate from high school prepared for employment, enlistment, or further education.
    • Every student should have access to a school counseling program.
    • Effective school counseling is a collaborative process involving school counselors, students, families, teachers, administrators and education stakeholders.
    • Counselors are leaders in the school, district, state and nation.
    • Comprehensive school counseling programs promote and enhance student academic, career, and social/emotional outcomes.


The school counseling program at Harry E. James Elementary is both data-informed and comprehensive, focusing equitable access to support all students in achieving their maximum potential.  In collaboration with parents, teachers, staff, and administrators, the school counselors ensure that each student has the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed to become effective responsible citizens, as well as lifelong learners in a challenging and engaging environment. 


Meet Your Counselors

Mrs. Underhill (1st, 3rd, 5th)

Mrs. Underhill graduated from Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia in 2001 and then went on to study psychology at Virginia Tech, graduating in 2005.  She spent the following 10 years working in the medical field in a laboratory and also in marketing with Bon Secours in Richmond.  In 2017 she completed her Master of Education as a Counselor Educator from Virginia State University. When she is not spending time volunteering as a soccer coach she enjoys reading,  traveling, attending outdoor festivals, and exploring local and state parks with her husband and their two sons. 

Mrs. Sturrup (K, 3nd, 4th)
(804) 631-9675

Mrs. Sturrup completed high school then went on to study Criminal Justice and graduated from VCU in 2007.  After completing her degree, she spent many years working in the mental health field both in group homes and as a TDT counselor.  In 2018, she completed her Master of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University.  Mrs. Sturrup enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  She is passionate about education and making a lasting positive impact in the community.



~ Together We Can Do #Virtually Anything ~