School Counseling Program
Erin Schneider & Sylvia Chmelko
[email protected] & [email protected]
Office Hours: 8:45-3:45
School Counseling Referral Form

If any student is in need of emotional support during this stressful time, he/she can email [email protected] to receive virtual support. Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) will have counselors and other school-based mental health staff respond to any student who needs assistance. PWCS cares deeply about our students' emotional well-being during their time away from school, and we want you to know that we are only an email away.

As a reminder, this email will not be checked 24 hours a day, but will be checked often during daytime hours each day. If you ever have an emergency situation, please reach out to a trusted family member who may render immediate help.

PWCS school counselors recognize that students and parents or guardians have a right to know the limits of confidentiality. Please click here to see
PWCS Regulation 651-2 regarding information on the confidentiality of student-disclosed information.

Meet your counselors

Erin Schneider

Erin Schneider received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Guilford College. She received for Master of Counseling Degree from Regent University. This is her 19th year working as a school counselor. You can contact Miss Schneider at [email protected].

Sylvia Chmelko

Sylvia Chmelko received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing Education from James Madison University. She received her Master of Education Degree in Student Personnel Services from Virginia Tech. This is her 26th year working in the counseling field. Before becoming a school counselor, she worked as high school teacher for 7 years. You can contact Mrs. Chmelko at [email protected].

What is the role of the school counselor?
We serve the Penn community in a variety of ways…
  • Classroom Counseling Lessons: We teach the Prince William County Schools Elementary Counseling Curriculum to students in the classroom.
  • Small Groups: We conduct small groups on a variety of topics including social skills, self-control, study skills, friendships skills, changing families, and self-concept.
  • Individual Counseling: We meet with students individually on various topics depending on the referral. Referrals can be made by parents, administrators, teachers, and the students may refer themselves.

    School Counseling Department
    Vision Statement

    All students at Penn Elementary school are high achieving learners who are becoming well prepared for a successful future in middle school, high school, and beyond. All students are engaged in and participate in the comprehensive school counseling program which works together with parents, teachers, administrators, and members of the community. As high achieving lifelong learners Penn students will be productive citizens in their communities in the 21st century.

    School Counseling Program Mission Statement

    Through a comprehensive school counseling program, the Penn Elementary School Counseling Department will support student growth in the areas of personal/social, academic, and career development to maximize student potential and achievement with the long range goal for students to be lifelong learners. The Penn Elementary School Counseling Department will collaborate with Penn administration, staff, and families to provide all students access to a World Class education.

    School Counseling Program Beliefs

    The School Counselors at Penn Elementary School believe:
    • That all students can achieve when given the proper support
    • That all students have dignity and worth
    • That all students have the right to participate in and are considered in planning and implementing the school counseling program
    • That all students shall have access to a state certified, master's degree level school counselor to deliver the counseling program.

    The school counselors will:

    • abide by ASCA's professional school counseling standards and ethics.

    • collaborate with families, staff, and community to address students' developmental needs.

    • continue to use data to improve counseling services and guide the comprehensive school counseling program.
    • advocate for the success of all students.

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