School Counseling

Counseling Staff:


Mission Statement

The mission of L. Douglas Wilder Middle School's Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and social/emotional needs of all students.  Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to make positive life choices.  We collaborate with educators, parents/guardians, and stakeholders of the community to enhance students' abilities in preparing them for a successful life in society.


Vision Statement

L. Douglas Wilder Middle School students are responsible, trustworthy citizens and capable, confident learners who leave Wilder prepared for the rigor their future will demand.  All of our students know that success can be measured in a variety of ways in the classroom, on the playing field, in the Arts, and many more.  All of our students recognize that effort is as important as outcome, and because of this knowledge, all of our students become actively engaged in their own education and motivated to seek opportunities, challenge limits, and break stereotypes as they transition to high school and on to higher education.


Program Beliefs

The Wilder Middle School Counseling Department supports and promotes Henrico County Public Schools' Statement of Beliefs:

We believe in accountability.
We believe in a school and community grounded in respect and integrity.
We believe that our students can and will learn.
We believe that excellence is attainable by all.
We believe that understanding and respecting diversity enriches the individual and community.
We believe that there is value from learning from each other.
We believe that individuals are most successful in safe, caring, and well-maintained environments.
We believe that providing Henrico County students a quality education is the best investment for the future.
We believe in cultivating positive relationships.
We believe in the equity of opportunities for personal growth.
We believe that public education is essential to the survival of a democratic society.


Services Provided to Students

  • Classroom guidance (scheduling, study skills, decision making), bullying, anger management, etc.
  • Individual counseling (school-related or personal issues)
  • Career exploration
  • Support for students experiencing behavioral or academic difficulties in the school environment
  • Recognition programs
  • Group counseling
  • 504 Case Management
  • Obtaining homebound services

Services Provided to Teachers

  • Consultation with parents, teachers and students
  • Attend teacher conferences upon request
  • Mediate conflicts between teachers and students
  • Reinforce classroom policies and procedures
  • Provide assistance with the Child Study process and developmental issues

Services Provided to Parents

  • Consultation about issues pertinent to their child
  • Provide referrals to mental health departments and other agencies
  • Attend teacher conferences upon request
  • Conduct workshops to help parents gain a greater understanding of the daily rigors of middle school children and help plan their child’s academic future

Additional Functions

  • Prejudice Awareness
  • Child Study and Eligibility Meetings
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Career Day

In order to get a work permit now, you must go to The school system will no longer have an active role in the Child Labor Permit Process.


School Counseling staff picture
From left to right: Sandra Rucker, Kendra Brown, Kimberly Jones, Awanta Miles, Brittany Nill


Attention ALL 6th Graders:
International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Applications are available now in school counseling. Please contact Ms. Kendra Brown or Ms. Brittany Nill. The deadline for the applications to be turned in to the counselors is November 16, 2018 by 3:00 pm. Three information sessions will be held for IB Middle Years. The first session is at Fairfield Middle on October 17, 2018. Session one is 5:00-6:00 pm and session two is 6:00 to 7:00 pm in the gym. On October 16, 2018, the second session will be held at Moody Middle in the auditorium. The first session will start at 4:30-5:30 and the second session will start at 6:00-7:00 pm.  Then on October 23, 2018, the third session will take place in the gym at Tuckahoe Middle. The first session will start at 5:00-6:00 pm and the second session will start at 6:00-7:00 pm.



Applications for Maggie L. Walker’s Governor School will be available October 15th. There will be three information sessions held in Henrico. The first one will be at Rolfe Middle School on October 15, 2018; the second session will be held at Wilder Middle School on October 16, 2018 and the third session will be held at Pocahontas Middle School on October 17, 2018. All sessions will start at 6:30 pm and last until 7:30 pm. The Governor’s School will host a session on November 12, 2018 at 6:30-8:30 pm.

Attention ALL 8th Graders:
Specialty Center Applications will be available online starting November 19, 2018.  Check with Mrs. Miles and Ms. Nill for more information. Information Sessions will be held on September 26th at Varina High School. On October 4, 2018 the second session will be held at Henrico High school. Then On October 9, 2018, Douglas S. Freeman will host the third information session. The fourth information session will be held at J. R. Tucker High School on October 15, 2018. All sessions will start at 7:00 pm.

Specialty Centers Open House Schedule