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Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s counselors support students and their families within the school community academically, socially and emotionally.
Our counselors specialize in dealing with different types of student social and development issues specific to each age group. Each of our counselors can be a valuable communication link and facilitator among students, teachers and parents. As students prepare for the every-changing world of the 21st century, they face unique and diverse challenges, both personally and developmentally that impact academic achievement. In collaboration with the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy community, the school counselor supports the development of well-informed, responsible and compassionate leaders who are prepared to think and act constructively.

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What services are provided?

    School counseling is primarily limited to dealing with issues that impact a student's performance in school.  We work with children in small groups, and sometimes in a one-on-one setting when appropriate.  We also visit classrooms and coordinate lessons with teachers as needed. Topics vary by age and grade level, but include goal-setting, problem solving and decision-making, education in understanding self and coping strategies, conflict resolution and peer mediation, academic planning and support and school-to-parent communications and conferencing. We also provide crisis intervention and management and referrals when necessary.
  • Q: How are children referred?

    Children may be referred to the counselors by teachers, administrators and parents.  Sometimes children even refer themselves by telling their teacher that they want to speak with a counselor, especially when an incident (such as a conflict with a peer) occurs.
  • Q: Can you provide a referral for community services?

    Yes!  School-based counseling is appropriate for many children; however, sometimes outside counseling is recommended when a child needs additional assistance or the issue at hand is a non-school related problem. We are more than happy to help you determine if the issue is appropriate for school counseling or if community services would be more appropriate.  If outside services seem necessary, we can even help you get in contact with a local provider.

Meet the Counselors

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Carol Johnson

    Carol Johnson 

    Lower School Counselor
    757.539.8789 ext. 3313
  • Photo of Tracy Grady

    Tracy Grady 

    Middle School Counselor
    (757) 539-8789
  • Photo of Pannill Titus

    Pannill Titus 

    Director of Student Support Services and Upper School Counselor
Nansemond-Suffolk Academy is a coeducational, college preparatory private school located in Suffolk, VA. Pre-kindergarten - Grade 12.