School Counseling Department (Guidance)

School Counseling Department

The mission of the Virginia Beach City Public School Guidance Program is to partneer with parents, community, faculty, and staff to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing academic, career, and personal/social development of all students thus preparing them with the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society.

Hours of operation: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 757.648.5011
Guidance Fax: 757.474.8684

Salem Middle School Counseling Department

Ms. Leber - Director & Counselor
student last names: Grade 7
debra.leber@vbschools.com

Ms. Barilla - Guidance Secretary & Registrar
linda.barilla@vbschools.com

Ms. Reynolds - Counselor
student last names: Grade 8
angela.reynolds@vbschools.com

Mr. Lanz - Counselor
student last names: Grade 6
robert.lanz@vbschools.com

Military and Family Life Counselor Program (MFLC)
Ms. Mariono:
Supporting military youth and their families is the goal of this program. Services are kept confidential and include concerns such as stress management, decision making skills, social skills, communication skills, conflict resolution, peer relationships, self-esteem, identifying feelings, and time management, issues related to deployment, reintegration, and/or relocation,and positive coping strategies. She is avaliable at Salem Middle on Tuesday, Thursday and every other Wednesday.

Related Guidance Links & Information

School Guidance Counseling Program outlined by VBSchools

Secondary School Curriculum /Student Guide

My Youth Career Center


What can you as a parent do to help your child succeed in school?

  • Provide an appropriate study environment at home.
  • Establish fair and reasonable expectations.
  • Take time to listen to your child.
  • Maintain communication with teachers, counselors, and other school personnel.
  • Participate in school activities.
  • Help your child establish realistic career and educational goals.
  • Celebrate your child's successes and recognize that mistakes or failures can be turned into positive experiences.