School Counseling

Welcome to the Potomac Shores Middle School Counseling Department!

Emergency Help:

PWCS cares deeply about students' emotional well-being during their time away from school. If a student is in need of emotional support during this time, please feel free to send an email to A school mental health or health professional will answer and offer virtual support to students to the best of their ability. This email is not to be used for emergency situations as it will not be monitored 24 hours a day.

If a student is ever in an emergency situation he/she is encouraged to call 911 or utilize one of the resources listed below:

Emergency Resources:

ACTS Helpline 703-368-4141

1-800-SUICIDE (24-hour hotline) 1-800-784-2433

Crisis Text Hotline (24-hour hotline) 741741

PWC Child Protective Services Hotline 703-792-4200

PWC Community Services Board 703-792-7800


Counseling Department and Student Services Staff:

Counseling Director: Mrs. Jessica Elliot

Email Mrs. Elliot

6th Grade School Counselor (last names A-P): Ms. Andrea Villaroel

Email Ms. Villarroel

7th Grade School Counselor (last names A-P): Mrs. Mary Garecht 

Email Mrs. Garecht

8th Grade School Counselor (last names A-P)Ms. Michelle Wiredu

Email Ms. Wiredu

All Grades (last names Q-Z): Mr. John Lang

Email Mr. Lang

School Social Worker: Mrs. Mary Ellen Smith

Email Mrs. Smith

School Psychologist: Ms. Bethany Stanton

Email Ms. Stanton

School Registrar: Ms. Patricia Jimenez

Email Ms. Jimenez