Welcome to School Counseling

  • Our role

    We serve as part of a team, including parents, teachers, administrators, community, and students, to promote, and improve student success within the school. Our Counseling Department consist of two counselors, one for each grade level. Please contact the appropriate counselor for your child according to their grade. Each of our counselors has a Master’s Degree in counseling and years of experience in working with children and adolescents. ​

    School Counseling activities at DMMS:

    • Developmental Guidance Lessons (within the classroom):  These lessons typically cover topics such as study skills, character education, social skills, and career awareness.
    • Small Group Counseling: Support groups are offered to students who may benefit from additional support dealing with stressors, such as: family changes, grief or loss, anger management, social issues, peer relations.
    • Individual Counseling.  Individual counseling is offered on an “as needed basis”, and tends to focus on problem-solving.  In these brief sessions, counselors work with students in addressing issues which might otherwise interfere with the student’s ability to succeed in school.

      *School counseling is not therapy, however, we can assist you in locating appropriate community services when needed.
      Please feel free to contact your child’s grade level counselor with questions and/or concerns at 540-667-7171.

Our Counselors

  • Mr. Ail
    7th Grade School Counselor
    Mr. Ail graduated from Clarks Summit University with a degree in Counseling. He earned his Masters in School Counseling and Human Services from Capella University.   Mr. Ail has worked at DMMS since 2016. 
    Email: ailc@wps.k12.va.us
    Phone: (540) 667-7171

    Ms. King
    8th Grade School Counselor
    Dr. King graduated from Clarion University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She completed her Master's degree in School Counseling with Slippery Rock University, and earned her PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University.  She first became part of the Daniel Morgan team in the year 2000.
    Email: kingk@wps.k12.va.us
    Phone: (540) 667-7171

Helping Students...

    • Managing feelings (stress, worry, anger, grief, etc.)
    • Learning and creating friendships
    • Setting goals
    • Collaborative learning
    • Improving self-image
    • Adjusting to a new school
    • Learning how to make good decisions

Helping Families...

    • Exploring ways to help your child succeed
    • Supply reference materials
    • Referrals to community resources
    • Access resources and services in our community
    • Adjusting to family changes
    • Parenting techniques