School Counseling

Meet our school counselors, psychologists, and social worker.

Braddock ES Student Services Team

Two school counselors, two school psychologists, and a social worker form the Student Services team at Braddock ES. Each discipline has unique skills and training, and together they provide a stronger team than any single profession could offer on its own. Students, parents, staff, and school benefit from the student services team.

School Counselors

FCPS K-12 school counseling programs strive to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and college and career counseling services. The belief that all students can achieve academic success is a touchstone of the program.

For elementary school counselors, the primary objective is to assist students in reaching their potential to become effective learners. Their goal is to complement the learning environment in the classroom by using a child-centered, preventative, and developmental approach.

Counseling will be conducted with students individually and in small groups, when requested by parents and teachers and determined appropriate. This service is short-term, voluntary, and confidential. Parent notification is given to any extended individual or group counseling. There will also be monthly classroom guidance lessons focusing on student success.

School Counselors

School Psychology Services

School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation.

Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other care givers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.

School Psychologists

  • School Psychologist

    Hi! my name is Jennie Song and I am the school psychologist at Braddock. I am looking forward to providing mental health, learning, and behavior support for our students and working closely with teachers and parents this school year.

    I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and majored in Psychology and International Studies. After college, I was a research assistant at the Child Development Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Then, I pursued a master’s degree in School Psychology at Columbia University. This is my 10th year in the county including my psychology internship.

    I am a mother of two fun and sweet boys. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading books, and dining out.

Social Work and Support Services

School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.

All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.

Social Worker