The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent.
Visit the VBCPS Student Support page for more information about the VBCPS guidance program.
What Do Counselors Do?
Fairfield Elementary currently has one full-time school counselor who is certified through the State Board of Education. The school counselor works collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help students succeed. The counselor supports student success by offering SEL (social and emotional learning) resources such as:
- Monthly SEL lessons that promote character development and teach skills such as resolving conflicts, making positive choices, and respecting oneself and others.
- Individual and small group counseling (with parental knowledge and consent) to those students needing additional support with concerns or conditions such as organizational skills, family deployment, grief, anxiety, etc.
- Parent and caregiver education workshops are offered at various times of the school year to help parents in areas such as homework, discipline, and SOL test success.