5950 N. 8th Rd
Arlington, VA 22205
Fax: 703-534-3685
Wednesday, April 26, 2017



       The Ashlawn Counselors 

Cindy Skinner - cindy.skinner@apsva.us - Room 262
Afton Cordoba - afton.cordoba@apsva.us - Room 262


Who are the Counselors?

The counselors at Ashlawn are Cindy Skinner and Afton Cordoba.  Ms. Skinner completed both her under-graduate degree in Finance and her Masters degree in School Counseling through Marymount University.  She is at Ashlawn full-time and works with grades PreK, K, 2-5.  Ms. Cordoba completed her under-graduate degree in Psychology at Virginia Tech, and her Masters degree in School Counseling at James Madison University.  She is at Ashlawn on Thursdays and works with 1st grade.


What does a Counselor do?

-Classroom Guidance

The purpose of classroom guidance is to help all students succeed academically and socially.  Classroom guidance lessons are presented in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 every other week.  The lessons address developmental issues common to all elementary students, such as: friendship, character education, anger management, career exploration and study skills. 

-Small Group Enrichment-

Will be offered for children, grades 1 through 5, who are experiencing specific stresses that may hinder their academic or social growth.  Groups will be held during lunch/recess, and will meet 5 or 6 times.  Permission slips will be sent home for students prior to each group.  No student will be allowed to participate in a group without a signed permission slip.


-Individual Counseling- 

Is offered short term, as needed, for students experiencing any issue of concern or special obstacles that keep them from being their best.

-Consultation with parents and/or teachers is offered to discuss problems that may be interfering with the students’ academic or social achievement.  Parents may email or call the counselor to arrange an appointment to discuss any concerns they have.

-From the Counselor is an article in Ashlines from the Counselor with hints, suggestions or other items that may be of interest to you.


How to help the Counselors

-Let us know what we can do to support you.  Personal information is kept confidential.

-Give us feedback.  Let us know if we are or are not meeting your needs.

-Remember that sometimes it takes children a while to figure out what is bothering them and even longer to solve the problem.  Progress can be slow.

-All children are important, all needs are important, and we help all Ashlawn students!

-Call with any questions at 703-228-8282 or email cindy.skinner@apsva.us or afton.cordoba@apsva.us !

Last Modified on October 8, 2015