School Counseling

  • Hello!  Welcome to the school counseling page!  We are excited to get to work with your children at Parkside Elementary this year!  We are looking forward to a great year!

    Erica Holt currently is the school counselor for grades K, 1 and 5.  Mrs. Holt has been a school counselor at Parkside for ten years and loves working with the Parkside Community.  She is a mom of two teenage daughters and she loves watching her girls' athletic events, playing tennis, cooking, socializing with friends and spending time outdoors with her family.  Erica Holt 540-710-5190 ext. 8027

    Jen Liston is currently the school counselor for grades 2, 3 and 4.  This is Mrs. Liston's second year at Parkside and she couldn't be happier to be here.   She loves working with the students and staff at this wonderful school.  Mrs. Liston has one son who is following his dream to serve his country and has enlisted in the military.  Jen loves music, spending time with her family and playing with her Golden Retriever, Murphy.  Jen Liston 540-710-5190 ext. 8065


    What does my counselor do?  

    Monthly Classroom Lessons - Developmental 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.  Topics include: 

    • friendship skills 
    • goal setting 
    • making healthy choices 
    • problem solving 
    • bully awareness 
    • decision making 
    • conflict resolution 
    • career choices
    • emotion regulation


    Short-term, Small Group Counseling - In small group counseling, the counselor works with two or more students.  During the group sessions, students will become involved in fun activities such as playing games, drawing, role-playing, reading books, and group discussions.  Students will learn ways of getting along with others, communicating more effectively, controlling their behavior, and resolving conflict.  Groups are offered throughout the year based on the needs of the students.  Some common group topics include: 

    • Anxiety/worry
    • Anger Management
    • Social Skills
    • Divorce
    • Friendship 
    • Conflict resolution 
    • 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 and causes, alternatives, and possible consequences, and to take action when appropriate.  Children are referred to the counselor by: 

    • the student himself or herself 
    • a teacher 
    • parent/guardian 


    Parent Information - Please call me anytime (540-710-5190) to make an appointment to come in and discuss any concerns you may have about your child. I also can provide support from community agencies to deal with issues that are affecting not only your child, but your whole family. 


    The Parent Resource Center is an excellent resource for parenting sessions throughout the year and has a wealth of material for parents to use. Their new location is at the newly renovated J.J. Wright Educational Center. Check out the PRC website or call the center for more information.   540-582-3616 


    Character Education - The entire staff at Parkside promotes positive behavior in all our students through PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports). Students earn tickets for showing Respect, Responsibility, and Productivity.  Classrooms can earn Golden Eagles when the entire class demonstrates positive behavior in common areas.  Students are encouraged and recognized in a variety of ways by our staff for showing good character. 


    Attendance - As counselor, one of my responsibilities is to also monitor student attendance. Regular and timely attendance is linked to a positive school experience and academic achievement. Parkside staff members work hard to encourage good attendance. When students begin to have unexcused absences or tardies, a staff member may call home to talk to the parent to see how the situation can be improved. If unexcused absences continue, a letter will be sent home.  If absences become excessive, a meeting is usually scheduled with the school social worker, counselor, teacher and administrator to address how to correct the problem.