OUR SCHOOL COUNSELING VISION
Harry E. James Elementary School strives to be a fully accredited, safe learning environment where all students are exceptional. Students will be given opportunities that prepare them for the challenges both in and outside of the school building. Students will participate in a school counseling program that fosters personal growth and deeper learning. Students will reach their full potential and make a positive impact in our school and community. This program is supported by partnerships between the school, families, and other key community members. Our vision is based on the beliefs that:
OUR SCHOOL COUNSELING MISSION
The school counseling program at Harry E. James Elementary is both data-informed and comprehensive, focusing on developing the social/emotional needs to support the academic growth of each and every student. Our program provides equitable access to support all students in achieving their personal success and purpose. In collaboration with parents, teachers, staff, and administrators, the school counselors assist each student in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed to become effective responsible citizens, as well as lifelong learners in a challenging and engaging environment.
MEET OUR COUNSELORS
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 , 2nd , 4th)
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.