Meet the Spotswood School Counseling Team
Hello, I am Anthony Bramlett. This is my first year working at Spotswood Elementary School. I have been a School Counselor for 25 years in Spotsylvania County. Prior to arriving at Spotswood, I spent 20 years at Berkeley Elementary School. I am a native of Memphis, Tennessee. I am the Head Cross Country Coach at Massaponax High School, and I am the Head Distance and field event coach during the track season. This year will be my 18th year as a Virginia High School League Basketball official. I am an avid runner, and I completed my 26th marathon (26.2 miles) in the fall of 2019. I have been running for 36 years, and I have qualified for the prestigious Boston Marathon 26 times in my illustrious career.
When I am not training, I enjoy landscaping, cooking, and photography. More importantly, I enjoy spending time with my family and coaching my talented daughter in the sport of track & field.
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 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
- Peer Relationships
- Problem Solving
- Academic Success
- Conflict Resolution
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
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