Jennifer Dey Smith, M.Ed.

Jennifer Dey Smith, M.Ed.

School Counselor 

757.887.1768 (ext. 44205)

Fax: 757.812.7161

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Mission, Vision & Beliefs


To advocate for the diverse needs of all students within a safe and nurturing environment, in partnership with staff, families, and community members, by providing comprehensive school counseling services that proactively foster the well-being of the whole child and instill academic, social, emotional, and career competencies that enhance the learning process, which will empower students to overcome barriers to learning and achieve success as responsible and compassionate members of an international society.


Students possess traits, knowledge, and life skills that will enable them to achieve their highest potential to function and thrive as responsible and compassionate world citizens.


  1. Every student is valuable and must be treated with respect and dignity.
  2. Every student has the ability to learn and achieve.
  3. All students need developmentally appropriate social-emotional skills to achieve optimum benefits from the academic program.
  4. All students have access to school counseling services provided by a highly qualified licensed school counselor.
  5. The school counselor advocates for the well-being and success of all students.
  6. The school counselor helps build a positive school environment by encouraging collaboration among parents, educators, and community members to further student achievement.
  7. The school counselor supports students’ development of personal, social, and academic competencies, as well as college and career readiness skills.
  8. The school counselor provides best practice services based on need, and evaluated and refined for effectiveness according to student performance data.
  9. The school counseling program is planned, managed, delivered, and evaluated by the school counselor with support from an advisory council representing all stakeholders.
  10. The school counselor must adhere to ethical standards.
Program & Standards


American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Executive Summary


ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success


Standards for School Counseling Programs in Virginia Public Schools



The school counseling program will provide education, prevention, early identification and intervention services to address the academic, social/emotional and career development needs of all students.

These services will include:

Counseling Core Curriculum Lessons or activities that promote knowledge, attitudes and skills of student competencies through instruction in the classroom (e.g. classroom guidance) or planned group activities outside of the classroom.
Small Group Counseling Ongoing group counseling sessions provided to students with similar developmental or situational challenges with the goal of achieving healthy personal adjustment and copying with the stress of changing/complex environments.
Individual Counseling Planned, goal-focused, short-term counseling sessions to assist students in overcoming issues impeding success or expressing difficulties dealing with developmental tasks.
Crisis Response Helping students navigate critical and emergency situations. This includes recognizing and responding to student mental health crisis and offering short-term intervention, referral and follow up.
Individual Student Planning Analyzing students’ abilities, interests, skills and achievement to help them make decisions and develop immediate and long-range educational, career and personal goals.
Collaboration Teaming/partnering with other stakeholders to support student achievement, advocate for student programs and facilitate workshops about student developmental tasks for parents/guardians and staff.
Consultation Working with professionals inside and outside of the school building to assist in identifying and addressing barriers to student achievement.
Referrals Providing community resources as needed and staying connected with these resources to wrap support services around students across all environments.
School-wide Student Support Programs Provides academic and/or behavioral support as well as career or personal/social development to all students through planned programs, interventions or activities (e.g. MTSS interventions, college & career week, behavior incentive programs, mentoring programs, etc.).
About the Counselor

I’m so excited to be a Dolphin! I first joined WJCC schools in 1999 prior to working in community counseling. I’ve worked at James Blair, CBB, Stonehouse, Matoaka, and Berkeley. This is my 15th year as a school counselor and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic to embark on my new journey at James River!

I grew up in Fox Hill of Hampton sailing and hanging out at Buckroe Beach…I love the water! I settled in the ‘burg in 1996 with my husband, who is a local and a retired JCC Fire Fighter. We met in college at VCU and now have a 9th grade daughter at Jamestown and a 7th grade son at Hornsby. (So I’m a pretty busy momma when I’m not working!) We love to spend time outdoors camping and boating. I also have a passion for music–dancing and playing the drums.

I’m looking forward to getting to know our students and their families, and continue wonderful partnerships with our entire school community!