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 3, 4, 5, 6
Dr. Jacobson (she/her) is excited to be back for her 17th year in education, and her fourth 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. Dr. Jacobson moved to the DC area when she graduated to attend The George Washington University, where she earned her Master’s degree 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. Dr. Jacobson loves learning, reading, traveling, cooking, swimming, ice skating, playing the piano, snuggling with her cats, Jelly and Bean, and exploring with her daughters, Emma (age 7), Leah (age 5), and husband, JD. Dr. Jacobson is the RHES Equity Lead, and centers all of her work around antiracist work. Her office is a safe space and she wants everyone to know that ALL students are welcomed and accepted with her.
Grades K, 1, 2
Mrs. Manzo is excited to be back at Rose Hill ES for her 2nd year as a counselor. It is her 21st year in education. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Northeastern University in Boston, where she received a degree in Physical Therapy. She practiced as a therapist in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Connecticut and Alexandria, VA, as well in the Department of Practice at the American Physical Therapy Association, in Alexandria, VA. She received Masters degrees from Georgetown, George Mason, and George Washington Universities in the areas of social policy, elementary education, and counseling. Mrs. Manzo taught as a 5th grade teacher in FCPS for 13 years and is entering her 7th year as an elementary school counselor. For the second year in a row, she will serve as a counselor at Rose Hill in a half-time position, working mornings, Monday – Friday, with students in Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. She will once again serve as a half-time counselor each afternoon, at Clermont ES. Mrs. Manzo loves learning, reading, traveling, and being outdoors with her 2 golden retrievers (Kelly and Wilson), her 2 daughters (Christina, 30, and Katie, 20) and her husband, Steve.
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.
Our School Psychologist
- School Psychologist
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.