Special Areas

Kari Akers
Email:  kakers@wcs.k12.va.us
Kelsey Sykes
Email:  kesykes@wcs.k12.va.us
Reading Service

Penny King
Email:  lking@wcs.k12.va.us

Gwen Wilson
Email:  gwilson@wcs.k12.va.us

Guidance Counselor

Jennifer Davis
Email:  jfdavis@wcs.k12.va.us


The Guidance Program

Guidance and counseling programs, activities, and services focus on helping children experience healthy growth for future success. As part of a balanced approach to school counseling, our program is aligned with the ASCA Model. Many services are available to reach all students.

·    All students receive age appropriate instruction in the classroom related to the topics of academic, career, and social/emotional development.

·    As needed, groups of children with similar needs are supported through specialized group counseling.

·    The school counselor consults with parents, school staff, and students for individual student planning of interventions, problem assessments, referral to appropriate professionals, and special education planning.

How can I contact the school counselor?

Students – Tell a parent or teacher you would like to talk to the counselor, let me know during classroom guidance, or when you see me in the hallway.

Parents – Email, call, or send a note to school in an envelope marked with my name.

In order to achieve consistency in our classroom guidance programs, the Washington County Elementary School Counselors have developed a series of topics to be covered in each elementary school during the school year.

Kindergarten: Character development/Career awareness, Recognizing emotions, Social skills

First grade: Character development/Career awareness, Recognizing and understanding emotions, Social skills, Study skills

Second grade: Character development/Career awareness, Social skills, Study skills, Conflict resolution

Third grade: Character development/Career awareness, Problem solving/Conflict resolution, Bullying prevention, Test taking strategies, Peer pressure

Fourth grade: Character development/Career awareness, Problem solving/Conflict resolution, Bullying prevention, Test taking strategies, Peer pressure

Fifth grade: Character development/Career awareness, Conflict resolution, Respect for diversity, Test taking strategies, Transition and change

I am looking forward to helping your child have the best year ever!!!
Jennifer Davis


Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Leslie Cumbow
Email:  leslies@wcs.k12.va.us

The goal of the instructional technologist is to assist teachers as they integrate software, resources, and technology with curriculum standards in ways which result in enhanced teaching and learning.  Some of the duties of the instructional technologists include: implementing and refining all web-based instructional programs in Washington County, facilitating inclusion of technology equipment into all classrooms, conducting regular staff development activities for all teachers, attending seminars and training sessions on new technology and making recommendations for district wide implementation.

Librarian/Media Specialist

Kimberly Hobbs
Email:  kh@wcs.k12.va.us
(276) 739-3411

Library Secretary

Kim Melvin



Online Resources



Abingdon Elementary Library
"Where the love of children and books come together!"

Library Hours
7:45 am to 3:30 pm

Scholastic Book Fair link:  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/abingdonelementaryschool

Student Loan Policy
Kindergarten:  One library book bi-weekly

Grade 1:  Two library books (at least one book should be for the AR program unless the classroom teacher specifies differently).

Grade 2:  Two library books (at least one book should be for the AR program unless the classroom teacher specifies differently).

Grade 3:  Two library books (at least one book should be for the AR program unless the classroom teacher specifies differently).

Grades 4 & 5:  Two library books (at least one book should be for the AR program unless the classroom teacher specifies differently), plus a magazine to equal three total items checked out.

Books may be renewed as needed.  The due date is two weeks from the date the item was checked out.  I ask that you help students remember that even though they may have met their 9 weeks AR goal, they must still choose books in their reading range as designated by their STAR testing.

Designated times have been set for daily AR check-in and check-out.  Due to the large flow of students we ask that you allow them to bring only the AR book(s) at this time.

Staff Loan Policy
Staff members may borrow books and materials for an indefinite period of time, as needed.  However, if an item is requested and needed by another staff member or student, we may notify you and request to "borrow" the item from you. 

Helping Teachers Teach

I am your partner in the instructional process.  The library can help you with:

  • Resources for lessons and class assignments
  • Informational skills integration
  • Recommend books and resources for a particular topic or theme
  • Prepare bibliographies & reading lists
  • Information technology
  • Purchase curriculum supporting materials
  • Media to support instruction
  • Collaboratively plan and team teach units of study
  • Provide AV equipment

How Can We Help Each Other?

  • Provide notes to me for students who have a special visitation need.
  • Communicate with me.  I want to be helpful!
  • Notify me as soon as possible about any class projects where I can help you.
  • Tell me of any materials you would like placed on reserve for a project.
  • Meet with me for a planning session before bringing your class in for a project.
  • Schedule class space in the library as far in advance as possible.
  • Share with me copies of your assignments and assessment tools that will be used in the project.
  • Remain with your students and supervise their behavior while they are working on special projects.

Physical Education


Rhonda Engle
Email:  rengle@wcs.k12.va.us

The physical education program at Abingdon Elementary School is an integral part of the children’s education.  Physical education helps the children develop healthy fitness habits andalso helps teach them how to become independent learners. It teaches them social skills and does this by promoting interaction with other students.

At AES, the focus in grade Pre-K through First Grade is on developing fundamental movement patterns, locomotor skills and further develop fundamental non-locomotor & manipulative skills in educational games, dance and gymnastics.

In grades 2-5, this focus is continued but students are introduced to different sports. They work cooperatively & responsibly in groups and are capable of resolving conflicts. 

At the 4th and 5th grade levels, fitness assessment is appropriate.  Students make assessments of their fitness results and set personal goals based on these results.

Students particiapte in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart event as well as the Mileage Club where students accumulate miles run/walked on our school track and receive a necklace to collect tokens for their efforts.