Last week, students from all four US grades participated in conversations facilitated by our Peer Leaders, a group of juniors and seniors who support counselors Josie Woods and Paul Singleton in leading our division’s mental health and wellness efforts. The Peer Leaders began by reminding students of the resources on campus. The conversations then explored stressors, coping mechanisms, and achieving balance. The Peer Leaders will share feedback from these conversations with the US Administrative Team.
The mental health and wellness of Potomac students is a primary focus to ensure they experience success academically, emotionally, and socially.
Health and Wellness
In addition to the resources offered by our Health and Counseling services, The Potomac School supports student well-being through both formal programs and more informal, organic conversations. Advisors, deans, teachers, coaches, and school administrators work together and with students to encourage responsible decision-making and promote a healthy school culture.
The Board of Trustees Health & Wellness committee meets throughout the year to identify goals and priorities for the school. Additionally, our Health Services team, composed of nurses, counselors, and trainers meets bimonthly to advance a holistic approach to support our students.
Go Well, Stay Well
Potomac has a Health Services Team, that includes two full-time registered nurses, who care for our K-12 community of students, faculty, and staff. Our team also includes certified athletic trainers and counselors.
New York Times bestselling author Julie Lythcott-Haims addressed the Upper School at a special assembly on April 27. Ms. Lythcott-Haims’ books include How to Raise an Adult and, more recently, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult. Thanks to Olivia Eads ’23 and Annabel Cronic ’23 for introducing our guest speaker.
The school counselors, the health services team, the support services team, and our athletic trainers are available to all students to assist with social, emotional, physical, and behavioral support, with the goal of helping students be successful at school by employing a holistic approach to the health and wellbeing of Potomac students.
By promoting wellness through healthy choices and balance, the Counseling Department's primary goal is to facilitate each student’s ability to experience success academically, emotionally, and socially at The Potomac School.
Our program is developmental in nature, based on the premise that children at different stages face a variety of challenges. We work with students who have everyday issues and concerns. Students learn that seeking help and developing strategies to manage setbacks are lifelong skills. Services include:
- One-on-one counseling
- Small groups meetings
- Lunch clubs
- Guidance and Health classes
- Support for parents, faculty, staff and administration
- Consultations with outside support services and specialists
Grades K-4 Counselor
Grades 5-8 Counselor
Paul Singleton II
Grades 7-12 School Counselor and DEI Coordinator
Upper School Counselor and Director of Student Support
The Potomac School has two full time registered nurses. In addition, a Health Services Manager for health care centered administrative and programmatic work. Nurses provide medical treatment as well as administer daily medications. Speech, hearing and vision screenings are done during the school year and blood drives are managed through the medical office in conjunction with student leaders. An integral part of the health services team, the health office promotes self-advocacy while teaching healthy and safe practices.
Health Services Manager
Ellen Grass, RN
Lower, Middle, and Intermediate Schools Nurse
Sajini Gundry, RN
Upper School Nurse
The Potomac School’s Athletic Health Care team is composed of our two Athletic Trainers, Precious Barnes and Erin Mulligan. Our Athletic Trainers provide prevention services, emergency care, clinical examination and diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Both Athletic Trainers are certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association and licensed by Virginia’s Board of Medicine.
Head Athletic Trainer
Assistant Athletic Trainer and Physical Education Teacher
Opened in fall 2019, the Spangler Center for Athletics and Community is a 76,500-square-foot facility that serves as a hub for basketball, volleyball, squash, athletic training and athletic health services, as well as a community gathering center. Learn more about the Spangler Center and our athletic facilities.