Darianne Etheridge, M.Ed, MATSchool Counselor (last names A-K)
Office: (757) 887-1768 (ext. 44207)
Cell: (757) 914-0872
Jennifer Dey Smith, M.Ed.School Counselor (last names L-Z)
Office: (757) 887-1768 (ext. 44205)
Cell:(757) 914-0874


The mission of the James River Elementary school counseling program is to advocate for the culturally and socio-economically diverse needs of all our students within a safe and nurturing environment. Comprehensive and developmentally appropriate school counseling services are provided that proactively foster the well-being of the whole child.  The school counseling program promotes the equity, access, and success of every student through the delivery of a multi-tiered system of support instilling attitude, knowledge, and skills necessary to overcome barriers to learning and achieve success within a diverse society. In partnership with staff, families, and community members, the program engages all students in acquiring social, emotional, academic, and career competencies which enhance learning and create a culture of responsible, compassionate, and career ready students well-prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century.


The James River Elementary school counseling program envisions all our students as responsible, resilient, and respectful citizens prepared for success in their post-secondary and lifelong pursuits. James River students demonstrate life skills to navigate the complexities of the 21st century and manage their lives as healthy, knowledgeable, and compassionate members of a diverse society. All students embrace their own self-worth and are motivated to contribute to their community in hopes of creating a more peaceful world

L-R: Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Etheridge