Phone: 845-279-2087, ext. 4132
Degrees and Certifications:
Master of Arts, Psychology Certificate of Advanced Study, School Counseling
I have held both CT and NY State School Counselor Certification for 20 years, pursuing my undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, at Siena College, and then a MA in Psychology and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling, both at Fairfield University. Over the years my experience spans work at all grade levels, including high school, middle school and elementary. I consider myself conversational in Spanish and enjoy utilizing these skills with families and students, whenever needed. My husband - a Wells Middle School teacher for over 25 years- and I have four wonderful children.
I firmly believe in educating the whole child, including social emotional learning (SEL) and empowering students with the skill of self regulation, through RULER and PBIS. My work with students at JFK includes individual and group counseling, classroom lessons and collaboration with teachers and families- including MTSS- to foster the personal best in every child.
What role does a school counselor play?
The school counseling program is an integral component of the school’s mission. Informed by student data and based on the ASCA National Model, school counseling programs are provided by a state-credentialed school counselor and are delivered to all students systematically, include a developmentally appropriate curriculum focused on the mindsets and behaviors all students need for postsecondary readiness and success, close achievement and opportunity gaps, rand esult in improved student achievement, attendance and discipline.
Effective school counseling programs are a collaborative effort between the school counselor, families, community stakeholders and other educators to create an environment resulting in a positive impact on student achievement. Education professionals, including school counselors, value and respond to the diversity and individual differences in our societies and communities in culturally sensitive and responsive ways. School counseling programs in both the brick-and-mortar and virtual settings ensure equitable access to opportunities and rigorous curriculum for all students to participate fully in the educational process.