Counselor Corner

My name is Megan McDowell and I am excited to be the school counselor at Ware Elementary School! I have been a school counselor for 15 years, many of which have been spent at the middle school level, but I am so happy to be working with younger students as they develop important social and emotional skills during these formative years.

I am so excited to work with you and your child during their time at Ware. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns as I am here to help support your child be their best self. You can reach me at my email (, via the front office (540)332-3938, or by completing this online form.

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School Counseling Information

What do school counselors do?

Elementary school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child development, learning strategies, self- management and social skills. They support all students by providing education, prevention and intervention activities. They teach knowledge, attitudes and skills students need to acquire in academic, career and social/emotional development, which serve as the foundation for future success.

Elementary school counselors work with teachers and parents to identify children’s academic and social/emotional needs, which is essential for removing barriers to learning and developing skills and behaviors critical for academic achievement.

How do they support students?

School counselors support all learners by teaching social/emotional topics and skills through classroom lessons. School counselors also work with small groups of students who are struggling with a similar challenge. Individual support is also available, but students needing long term or more in depth support will be referred to resources outside of school.

What is their education level?

School counselors hold a master’s degree in school counseling and are required to participate in ongoing professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students.

What about confidentiality?

Conversations with students remain confidential unless a student shares they are being hurt, hurting or wanting to hurt themselves, hurting or wanting to hurt someone else.