School Counselors

Mr. Ronald Groomes and Erika Smith

Bayside 6th Grade Campus School Counselors Ronald Groomes (A-L)
and Erika Smith (M-Z).

Ronald C. Groomes, M.Ed

Hailing from Trenton, New Jersey, our school counselor, Mr. Ronald C. Groomes, received his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from Old Dominion University in 2011 and his Masters in Counselor Education from South Carolina State University in 2015. With Virginia holding a special familial place in his heart, he was hired by VBCPS in 2016, and he began his educator career as part-time school counselor of New Castle Elementary School. During this time, he had the pleasant opportunity to substitute at various schools throughout the district, begin a brand new men’s program at the elementary school, and become involved with a local male achievement group called the Golden Fold. In 2017, Mr. Groomes proudly became the school counselor of Bayside 6th Grade Campus. With his biggest influence being Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Groomes lives by the mantra, ”If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer someone with a word or song, if I can show a man he is traveling wrong, then my living shall not be in vain”. He aims to be a positive male role model in the lives of each and every child because he sees the potential for all of them to be dedicated citizens and contributors of society.

Erika Smith
I am a native of Virginia Beach and graduated from Tallwood High School where I was able to flourish and truly come out of my shell. There I was also influenced by another counselor Mr. Randy Lawrence who inspired me to become a school counselor. I even had the pleasure of completing my internship with him at Bayside High School. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Christopher Newport University. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Education from Regent University and another Master of Arts degree in Urban Education and School Counseling from Norfolk State University. I enjoy reading new books and meet monthly with the fabulous ladies in my book club. Although I’m not from Pittsburgh, I am a DIEHARD Pittsburgh Steelers fan and member of the Southeastern Football Officials Association. I spend a lot of time giving back to my community alongside my sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. I have spent most of my life working with students in the educational setting and I look forward to helping more students find their way. “I can’t promise to fix all of your problems, but I can promise you won’t have to face them alone.” I am so excited about being a part of the Bayside Community and specifically Raider Nation! 

Counselor Appointment From

Bayside 6th Grade Campus School Counselors

Office Hours: 8:20 AM - 4:15 PM

Ronald Groomes
Office Phone Number: 757-648-4435

Erika Smith
Office Phone Number 757-648-4434 
E-Mail:  [email protected] 

Guidance Resources

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An Overview of Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Guidance/Counseling Services

Avid Secondary

AVID Secondary (grades 6-12) is an essential component of the AVID College Readiness System and is designed to enable schoolwide implementation of AVID’s proven instructional methodologies and content area best practices to improve outcomes for all students. AVID Secondary goes beyond the AVID Elective course to affect an entire campus or district by creating a college-going culture that increases the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and their lives beyond