VA Counselors Shine!

I’m incredibly excited to share our very first Virginia Elementary School Counselor Spotlight!  Please click on the Spotlight! link to learn all about Destiney Harris, School Counselor at Matoaka Elementary School in Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools.

Our goal is to highlight counselors from across the state, so please email if you know a counselor in Virginia that deserves to be recognized for awesome work!

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at VSCA’s 2017 Fall Conference October 11-13 in Hampton, VA.  Please be sure to come to our Elementary Level Session: Counselor Show & Tell to see eight dynamic VA counselors sharing ideas to improve your counseling program.  We will also have door prizes!

For general conference information, please click here!



National Kids Yoga Conference is coming to Virginia this fall!

“Did you know that children who practice yoga and mindfulness perform better academically? Yoga and mindfulness can spark children’s imagination and creativity, while keeping them interested and focused on the work that’s in front of them.

Learn more about this work at the 4th National Kids Yoga Conference, October 13-15 in Old Town Alexandria.

#NKYC2017 is the leading professional environment for adults to learn the art of successfully bringing yoga, mindfulness, and social emotional learning to the youth in your community.

  • Learn new skills and become an expert in Breakout Sessions
  • Connect to inspirational leaders during Networking events
  • Get certified with the New teacher training track​
  • Walk away with curriculum that you can start using immediately

Register online at and use code “Educator10″ to save 10% on your registration.”

Don’t forget to breathe…

I hope everyone is doing well and is exercising their right to VOTE today!

This can a stressful time for most of us so I thought I would share a reminder of how you can incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. 🙂

40 Ways to bring mindfulness to your days

I have also added a few new resources to the blog including the page where I downloaded this resource called Left Brained Buddha. They send weekly mindfulness tips directly to your email on Monday mornings.

Also check out some of my most recent lessons under the Classroom Lessons tab and an 8 week small group curriculum that incorporates yoga in the Small Group/Individual Counseling tab.

Last but not least, here is a copy of the Elementary Breakout Presentation from the VSCA conference last month.

Growth Mindset, Mindfulness and Yoga

Welcome Back to School!

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself as well as share some ideas that I have for the upcoming school year. I am looking forward to serving as your Elementary Vice President for the Virginia School Counselors Association!

My name is Erin Hurley and I started my journey in education when I earned my undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in Elementary Education. After college, I served as an AmeriCorps volunteer and then pursued other volunteer projects abroad. I began my career with Fairfax County Public Schools in 2005 as a kindergarten teacher. While serving as a mentor for a young student, I realized firsthand how social and emotional factors can profoundly impact academic success and personal well-being. This realization ultimately inspired me to pursue my current career as a professional school counselor. I completed my M.Ed. in Counseling and Development at George Mason University in 2013. I am so grateful for my decision to change my path to become an elementary school counselor. I am currently the school counselor at Cherry Run Elementary in Burke, Virginia and love every minute of it!

I also enjoy facing new challenges and constantly adapting my counseling program to meet the needs of my students and the community. As the Elementary Vice President from VSCA, I plan to build relationships and collaborate with elementary school counselors to meet their needs. One of my goals this year will be to update an Elementary School Counseling Blog monthly to provide helpful resources.

In addition to my experience as a school counselor and teacher, I am a certified yoga instructor. I plan to share my knowledge of mindfulness and yoga with the VSCA community to foster personal well-being for students and counselors. Kristina Wallace (our elementary VP-elect) and I are in the process of planning an informative and empowering presentation on this topic for the elementary breakout session during our Annual Conference in October.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to email them to me at

I am motivated to do my best and make this a fantastic year! I plan to use every available tool to maintain and strengthen the VSCA community by promoting collaboration and overall wellness.

I hope you all have a fantastic start to your school year and I look forward to meeting you at the conference in October!