School Counseling

  • Every school provides guidance and counseling services to all students. Read 324P - School Guidance and Counseling Programs.

    Please notify Ms. Bryant, extension 82194, if you have moved, changed your cell or home phone numbers, or place of employment.  It is critical that we have current information in case of an emergency with your child.


    The mission of James Wood Middle School's counseling department is to support students as lifelong learners so they can achieve their full potential. School counselors will provide a comprehensive, developmentally appropriate counseling program to help students focus on academic, personal/social, and career goals so they are successful in school and are prepared to be productive members of society. In cooperation with students, staff, and parents, the school counselor will create a positive, supportive counseling program that will ensure a safe and nurturing school environment for everyone.

    The department consists of three school counselors and one secretary/registrar. Counselors are assigned to each of the three grade levels and work with those students as they progress from sixth through eighth grade. Learn more about our counseling staff.

    James Wood Middle School Counselors Department

    Alayna Bryant
    Phone: 540-667-7500 ext. 82194
    Fax: 540-667-9391

    Meet our Counselors

    Hello Bulldogs!  My name is Rhonda Headley, and I am one of the school counselors at James Wood Middle School where I have worked for 18 years. My passion is working with young people during their tween years and helping them become their best selves. The middle school years not only present many challenges, but also many opportunities for your students to grow both personally, socially, and academically. I feel honored to be part of their middle school experience.

    Before coming to JWMS, I worked in the nonprofit sector for many years assisting at-risk young people and  families, and I apply that experience to my work as a school counselor. On a personal note, I grew up as an Army brat and traveled throughout the United States and Europe. However, I’ve lived in Frederick County for quite a few years and now consider it home. I have one adult daughter who graduated from Sherando High School, which leaves me and my husband as empty nesters. I spend much of my free time enjoying the outdoors biking, hiking, and paddling.

    I look forward to working with you and your students this school year.

    Rhonda Headley
    6th Grade Counselor
    Phone: 540-667-7500 ext. 82195
    Fax: 540-667-9391

    Greetings!  My name is Kimberly Wilbourne, and I am the 7th grade and lead school counselor at James Wood Middle School.  This is my 2nd year at JWMS, 8th year in Frederick County, and 12th total year as a school counselor.  Before working as a school counselor, I taught 3rd grade for 5 years and was also a daycare director.  I have my Bachelors in Education K-6 from Shepherd University and my Masters in School Counseling from Marshall University.  

    Although most of my experience has been working with elementary-aged children, I absolutely love middle school!  I am excited that I get the opportunity to rotate with the same students throughout their time in middle school.  One of my favorite things to do is build relationships with students and their families.

    I was raised in Martinsburg, WV, where I still reside with my 2 daughters and 2 cats.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and being outdoors.  I love the mountains, bears, and adventure.  

    I look forward to working with the 7th grade class and their family!

    Kimberly L. Wilbourne
    7th Grade Counselor
    Lead Counselor
    Phone: 540-667-7500 ext. 82196
    Fax: 540-667-9391

    Hi friends!  My name is Mrs. Vetter and I will be your 8th grade counselor this year.  I look forward to meeting you and working with you.  I am excited to be working with an amazing group of staff, students, and their families.  I graduated from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Psychology.  I went on to complete my M.A. in School and Community Counseling at Regent University.  I have worked in the school setting with TDT for 10 years and Outpatient Therapy services for 4 years. 

    My family and I moved to the Winchester area about 2 years ago.  My favorites include: coffee, chocolate, pizza, basketball, turtles, the color blue, photography and fiction.  

    I believe we can work together as a team to help students to set and reach their academic and personal goals.  I look forward to an exciting year. 

    Cassie Vetter
    8th Grade Counselor 
    Phone: 540-667-7500 ext. 82185
    Fax: 540-667-9391

    The school counseling and guidance program is designed to promote academic/educational, personal, social, and career development. As an integral part of the school program, counseling builds a strong foundation for learning and growth in the following ways:

    • a positive attitude toward school/learning
    • personal responsibility
    • respect for self and others
    • decision-making skills

    What do school counselors do?

    • Counsel students individually or in small groups to meet identified needs
    • Deliver school counseling curriculum individually, in small, and in large groups
    • Consult with parents, teachers, and school staff addressing student's needs, providing community resources
    • Participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive school counseling program
    • Know/Adhere to the ethical, legal, and professional standards of the counseling profession