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Mrs. Hoover/Ms. Fair/Ms. Dillard

Counselor's Corner

The Counseling Program at Margaret Brent strives to support our administration, teachers, parents, and community in helping all students to reach their full potential as members of society by providing them with a safe and caring learning environment in which to develop their emotional, academic, and social skills, along with a deeper understanding of the community in which they live.

Program Initiatives

Individual Counseling: Referrals for any counseling service can be made by a teacher or other school staff, parents, or the student.  Individual and small group counseling are short-term, voluntary, and confidential.  Parental permission is obtained prior to any group counseling experience and prior to any extended individual counseling.

Small Group Counseling: Small groups will be offered throughout the year based upon the needs of individual students.  Groups may focus on, but are not limited to, such issues as family changes, grief, self-esteem, anger management, study skills, and friendship.  Your suggestions of group tropics which may be helpful to your child are always appreciated.

Classroom Guidance: Throughout the year, students will participate in classroom guidance lessons, which will occur every 3 weeks, for approximately 45 minutes.  The guidance lessons are aligned with the counseling curriculum and will most often coincide with Stafford County's Word of the Month Program.

Consultation with Parents/Staff: The school counselor provides information and assistance in order to support parents and teachers with the academic, social, and career development of students.

Coordination and Referral Services: The school counselor works closely with the social worker and community agencies to provide support service information and referral services for students and their families.

Meet Your Counselors

   Hello! I am Laura Hoover and I have had the privilege of being the full-time counselor at MBES for eleven years. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wake Forest University and received my Master of Arts in Counseling from UNC-Charlotte. Before joining the MBES team, I worked with children with ASD and their families as a Habilitation Technician. I live in Stafford with my husband (a MVHS teacher) and our three children. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Bobcat community and look forward to continuing to support the needs of all of our Bobcat students and families!

Hello everyone! My name is Teresa Dillard and I will be at MBES, part-time, this school year. I am so excited to be a part of the MBES Bobcat Family! My professional background is in teaching and counseling. I have a M.Ed. from the University of Maryland in School Counseling (PreK-12 certified, specializing in elementary). Some of the school systems I have worked in are Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Virginia (Chesapeake). I grew up military (career Army) and married military (career Coast Guard). I grew up in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa), experiencing the culture and learning the language. My husband, Dave, and I have two wonderful children, Christine and Justin, and a precious toy poodle, Coco Chanel. J I am looking forward to a great school year with my partners, Laura Hoover and Veronica Fair, and the wonderful BOBCATS!

Hi, my name is Veronica Fair, I attended Bowie State University and earned a Masters in Counseling Psychology. This school year, I will be the School Counselor for 4th grade students. Preparing our children to be successful in this fast-paced, ever-changing world is my primary goal. To assist all students to grow academically, personally, socially, and vocationally with collaborative effort of students, staff, families, and community. I have found that as long as I am surrounded by children and caring professionals, I am happy. I am very excited to get to know you and your child this school year. It's going to be a great year helping students acquire an understanding of, and respect for, self and others, and the skills to be responsible citizens.

This Year Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Dillard, and Mrs. Fair will share counseling duties as follows:
Mrs. Hoover (Mon-Fri) will provide guidance lessons and individual counseling for students in grades K,1, 3, 5 and small groups for K, 3, 5.
Mrs. Dillard (Tues/Thurs) will provide guidance lessons and individual counseling for 2nd graders and small groups for 1st and 2nd grades.
Mrs. Fair (Fridays) will provide guidance, individual, and small groups for 4th grade students.


Guidance Announcements
April is Child Abuse Awareness Month
Reports of child abuse and neglect can be made in person or by telephone to the Stafford County Department of Social Services at (540) 658-8720 or Toll Free (800) 552-7096/ 24 hours a day.

Current Group Offerings
We are currently offering the following small group opportunities for students:

(Grades K-2): "Cool Cats": This group will focus on developing strategies for managing feelings and impulse control.
(Grades 3-5): "Family Changes": This group is designed for students who have had a recent parent separation or divorce.

If you would like your child included in either of the groups listed above, please contact Laura Hoover at hooverls@staffordschools.net by January 8th. All groups will take place during the regular school day, once per week for 6 weeks and each meeting will last for approximately 30 minutes.
Separation Anxiety- What to do
Do you have a timid Bobcat at home? Nervousness and excitement are to be expected at the beginning of each new school year, especially for our youngest students. Crying and holding on to parents can extend into the first couple weeks of school. It's okay! Here are a couple of things to keep in mind:
  • We care for lots of kids. We know what to do! Chances are, your child is fine within a few minutes of arriving at school. Reassure your child that school is a fun and safe place.
  • Try not to let your child convince you to let them stay at home or arrive at school late. The days to follow will not become any easier for you or your child.
  • If at all possible, let your child ride the bus from Day One if they are a bus rider. Walking children in can be difficult and can prolong separation issues.
  • If you know that separation is going to be an issue, please let the classroom teacher and counselor know. We're here to help!
  • Check out the Separation Anxiety link in the right hand corner "Links" section for more suggestions and information.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
While cleaning out your closets...
If you happen to find any toys or items that would make good "prizes" for students in our incentive programs or attendance program, we would LOVE any donations! You can drop off any items in the main office to be given to the counseling department. Thank you!
Class Files
Awareness Calendar 2014-2015
 Counseling Program Parent Notification.doc
SCPS Counseling Program Parent Notification
 Tutor list with link add 6-15-15.xlsx
County Tutor List from PRC
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