Guidance-Ms. Waldmann


 Hello! I am Ms. Waldmann the Otter River Elementary School Guidance Counselor.  Throughout the year I get to go into the classrooms and engage your students in lessons that involve everything from making good choices to how to stand up to bullies.  Guidance lessons take place in the homebase classrooms once every other week.  I am also available to for individual counseling with your children.

This year is going to be a great one for Otter River I just know it!

My time is shared with Forest Middle School.  Below is my weekly schedule.

Mondays, Tuesday, and Wednesday: Forest Middle for the entirety of the day

Thursday and Fridays: Otter River Elementary for the entirety of the day.


Bedford County Public Schools will be closed until March 30, 2020, as ordered by Governor Northam.  During this time, school counselors will be available for students and parents via email. 

ORES School Counselors Contact Info:
Ms. Virginia Waldmann ( -

In case of a mental health emergency (suicidal thoughts, self injury, etc.) , please do not wait for a school counselor to respond.  Please dial 911, visit your nearest emergency room, or contact Horizon Behavioral Health at 434-477-5000 (after-hours emergency line 434-522-8191).

This has been quite a time for all of us.  We miss our students, and the uncertainty of the situation weighs heavily on everyone's minds.  Worries and fears can begin to creep inside our thoughts so I wanted to provide at least some resources which can help our Otter River Family. If you click on the Useful Links tab located on the left side of this page you will see a link for resources created by the Calm company.  Calm has made available Free Resources for all.  You will find some information on meditations, peaceful music and even a free Sleep Story which can used with the children.  Please feel free to look around and give them a try.

We miss you all very much!

Ms. Waldmann






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