Meet our school counselors, psychologist, and social worker
Rose Hill Student Services Team
School counselors, a school psychologist, and a school social worker form the Student Services team at Rose Hill Elementary. These are highly trained and experienced people. Each discipline has unique skills and training. Together, school social workers, school psychologists, and school counselors provide a stronger team than any single profession could provide on its own. The students, parents, staff, and school benefit from the student services team.
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.
As elementary school counselors, their 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
Grades K, 2, 4, 6
Mr. Dunn is a graduate from the University of Michigan and the George Washington University where he received an MA in School Counseling. He has been a counselor at Rose Hill Elementary for the past six years. Prior to becoming a school counselor, Mr. Dunn was a stay at home parent for 11 years for his two sons. When not at school he loves to spend time with his sons and dog and travel.
Grades 1, 3, 5
Mrs. Jacobson excited to be back for her 15th year in education, and her second here at RHES. She grew up in Massachusetts with her parents, sisters, and multiple cats. She went to Elmira College in New York, where she studied English Literature and Psychology. Mrs. Jacobson moved to the DC area when she graduated to attend The George Washington University, where she earned her Masters in School Counseling; in 2013, she earned her Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. She has had the opportunity to be a teacher, instructional coach, and counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Mrs. Jacobson loves learning, reading, traveling, cooking, swimming, ice skating, playing the piano, snuggling with Panda (her cat), and exploring with her daughters, Emma (age 5), Leah (age 3), and husband, JD. She is looking forward to a fun year. Remember, we can do anything, even if we can’t do it…yet!
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 caregivers; 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.
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.