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      Montpelier, VA  23192
      (804) 749-4222
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Meet the Counselors

Mrs. Paula Drumheller

 I am Paula Drumheller and I am the full-time School counselor at South Anna Elementary School.  I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology with an endorsement in Elementary School Counseling. This is my nineteenth year working as a School Counselor in Hanover County Public Schools and I am very excited to be at South Anna working with all students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, going to the movies, spending time with my children, Caroline and Kate, and my husband, Davis, and going to the beach.   I can be reached at 749-4222, 883-6089, or pdrumheller@hcps.us .

Mrs. Ami Balderson

I am Ami Balderson and I am the part-time School Counselor at SAES working with all grade levels Kindergarten through 5th Grade.  I have a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Masters of Education degree in School Counseling.  When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, running, playing tennis and going to the beach.  I am at SAES on Tuesdays and Wednesday and can be reached at 749-4222, 883-6089, or abalderson@hcps.us . 


Primarily, it is our responsibility to help your child get the best possible education.  In addition to learning the academics, this also includes learning career, social and developmental skills.  For example, students will learn how to get along with other children, how to make good decisions, how to manage their feelings, and the importance of accepting responsibility.  Many of these skills are taught at home and it is our intent to supplement the learning from home through classroom lessons and other school-wide programs such as Positive Behavior Support, Good Citizenship and our Student Leadership Program.

            We also here to help students who might be having difficulty adjusting to particular situations.  Family changes such as birth of a sibling, moving, illness, death or divorce may affect children at school.  Therefore, we offer individual and group counseling with parental permission to assist children in their adjustment to these types of concerns.  Frequently, the children we work with just need a little extra support through a difficult time.         

            It is our hope that we will also be of support and assistance to you, the parents.  If you have a particular concern about your child, please feel free to contact us to discuss the matter.  It is important to remember that children benefit the most when parents and school personnel work together as a team.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this information or if we can be of any help to you.   We look forward to seeing you and working with you and your children this year!

 Our Mission:  Hanover County School Counselors provide all students educational services, in collaboration with parents, school and the community, that foster
                       academic, career and social/emotional growth toward lifelong success and effective, responsible citizenship for a diverse and changing world.