West Salem Elementary School Counseling
The 2019-20 school year will be my seventh year as a professional school counselor and I couldn't be more excited to be at West Salem!
After receiving my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech, I completed a master's degree in Counseling and Human Development at Radford University. I have experience advising for Radford's College of Business and Economics, providing group counseling to Western Virginia Regional Jail inmates, and leading in parent education courses. I have spent the last five years as a high school counselor with Botetourt County Schools.
My husband and I have lived in the Roanoke area for the last seven years. In addition to our three year old daughter Claire and three month old daughter Lucy, we have a 100+ lb boxer mix named Hines (who thinks he's a lap dog!), fluffy yellow cat named Luey, elderly cat named Burger, and a 24 year old ball python named Oscar.
I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone at West for what I know will be a great school year!
-- Mrs. Allison Chester
Email : email@example.com
Phone : 540 . 387 . 2503
Office hours : 7.40a -3p
COVID-19 Encore Information
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Classroom guidance is part of your child's 8 day Encore schedule. During guidance we will cover topics including:
- Character Education
- 6 pillars of character
- Bully Prevention
- Conflict Resolution
- Internet Safety
- Decision Making/Goal Setting
- Career Education
- Study Skills
- Test Taking Strategies
- Problem Solving
- Personal/Social Skills
- Growth Mindset
Individual counseling is available to all students and can be requested by parents, students, or staff members.
Individual counseling offered by Mrs. Chester is a short-term, limited intervention. She is available to meet with students one-on-one to resolve problems and developmental concerns, enhance decision making skills, and/or build coping skills.
Child Parent Relationship Therapy:
- Wednesdays 9a-11a
- Must be enrolled to attend
- Sliding scale and grants available
- Call 540.795.4661 for more information
Mrs. Chester supports West Salem parents and families through the following activities:
- Attending parent/teacher conferences when requested
- Participating in Child Study/Eligibility/Student Support meetings
- Providing referrals for community resources
- Assisting with crisis intervention
- Meeting with parents and families when requested
- Enhancing communication between parents, students, and teachers