OUR SCHOOL COUNSELING MISSION
The school counseling curriculum at Harry E. James Elementary is focused on the developmental needs of its students. In alignment with the ASCA national model, our program supports all students in reaching their full academic, career, and social/emotional potential. In collaboration with parents, teachers, staff, and administrators, the school counselors assist students in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and behaviors needed to become effective responsible citizens, as well as lifelong learners in an ever-changing global society.
OUR SCHOOL COUNSELING VISION
Harry E. James Elementary School strives to be a fully accredited, safe learning environment where all students are exceptional. Students are given opportunities that prepare them for the challenges both in and outside of the school building. Students participate in the comprehensive school counseling program that fosters personal growth. This program is supported by partnerships between the school, families, and other key community members. Students will reach their fullest potential and make a positive impact in our school and community.
MEET OUR COUNSELORS
Mrs. Underhill graduated from Jakarta Intercultural school in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2001. From there she studied psychology at Virginia Tech, graduating in 2005. She spent the following 10 years working in the medical field both in the laboratory and as a marketing specialist with pathology at 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 traveling, attending outdoor festivals, and exploring local and state parks with her husband and their two sons.
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. Mrs. Sturrup splits her time between Harry E. James, Patrick Copeland, and Dupont Elementary School.