• Meet the Spotswood School Counseling Team

  • Marcella Bermudez School Counselor


    Hi, I am Marcella Bermudez. I come to Spotswood with 19 years of teaching experience and 15 years of counseling experience all in Spotsylvania County.

    I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from California University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Counselor Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

    When I am not counseling at Spotswood, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, sailing, vacationing and watching Steeler football.

  • Lorie Joyner School Counselor


    Hi, I am Lorie Joyner. I have been in education for 23 years. I am originally from Pennsylvania where I received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After coming to Virginia, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University where I received my Master of Counselor Education Degree. 

    When I am not counseling at Spotswood, I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, cooking, and traveling. 

  • What Does My School Counselor Do?

    Classroom Lessons

    Classroom lessons offer an opportunity to provide support to the largest number of students in the school. The school counselor presents lessons that are developmentally appropriate for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Lessons are designed to build students' personal/social, academic, and career development. Some topics include:

    • Understanding self and others
    • Mindfulness
    • Peer Relationships
    • Problem Solving
    • Academic Success
    • Conflict Resolution

    Group Counseling

    In small group counseling, the counselor works with small groups of students. Group discussions may be relatively unstructured or based on structured learning activities. During the group sessions, students will become involved in fun activities such as playing games, drawing, role-playing, reading books, and discussions. Students will learn ways to communicate more effectively, controlling behavior, and resolving conflict. Groups are offered throughout the school year based on the needs of the students. Some common topics include:

    • Anger Management
    • Social Skills
    • Divorce
    • Grief
    • Stress
    • Self-Esteem

    Individual Counseling

    Counseling is provided on an individual basis for students whose problems or difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks are affecting their school performance. It focuses on helping students to identify problems, their causes, alternatives, and possible consequences, and to take action when appropriate. 

    Children can be referred to the school by:

    • the student himself or herself
    • the parent(s) or guardian(s)
    • a teacher or administrator