School counselors are vital members of the educational team. They help all students in areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career development. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals, and realize full academic potential. Our goal is to enable today’s students to become productive, contributing members of the world community with an appreciation and acceptance of diversity.
Elementary School Level
Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent, and confident leaders. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, counselors work as a team with the school staff, parents, and the community to create a caring climate and atmosphere. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, school counselors can help all students achieve academic success.
Elementary School Counselors:
Debbie Einhorn, Fort Washington Elementary
Josh Meyer, Thomas Fitzwater Elementary
Debbie Bonk, Jarrettown Elementary
Jennifer Hamilton, Maple Glen Elementary
Middle School Level
Middle school years are critical for a child’s healthy growth and development. It is the time when students look to make sense of who they are and where they fit in the world as they make the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. The Middle School’s counseling program is designed to meet the needs of all students, to make the best of their abilities, to become aware of the educational and career opportunities available, to learn to be mature and responsible decision makers, and to help them to understand themselves and others.
Middle School Counselors:
High School Level
High School years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment, and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. Secondary school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. Counselors actively assist students in navigating typical developmental milestones, while also providing support and direction for individual students as unique emotional and psychological needs arise. Counselors also work closely with parents, often providing consultation regarding specific student issues. Finally, secondary counselors are instrumental in the post-graduate planning process, helping each student create a post-secondary career plan (college, technical school, employment, etc.) that is appropriate to his/her abilities, aspirations, and circumstances.
High School Counselors:
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals, to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation. They use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.
Dr. Donna Perone
Dr. Joseph LaCombe
Mr. David Glass
Mrs. Ryan Myers
Mr. Raymond Casper
Francelli Sanchez-Peck – Secretary to the Psychologists
Certified school nurses provide direct services to students and promote optimum health and lifestyles for all students through the joint efforts of the home, school, and community.
Mary Beury – Upper Dublin High School
Lori Scott – Sandy Run Middle School
Susan Houseman – Fort Washington Elementary School, Thomas Fitz Elementary
Rebecca Reape – Jarrettown Elementary School, Maple Glen Elementary
Caroline Dennin – Sandy Run Middle School, Upper Dublin High School
Kerry Gidley – Jarrettown Elementary School, Thomas Fitzwater Elementary
Ave Maloney – Fort Washington Elementary School, Maple Glen Elementary
Lauren Shinfield – Upper Dublin High School and Private Schools
Behavior support specialists provide support to students, teachers, and educational teams specifically in relation to the analysis and management of behavior. They are trained in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, which is used to assess the needs of the child, to set goals, and to develop treatment plans for teaching these skills. The focus is on teaching replacement behaviors by delivering reinforcement for new behaviors as they are learned.
Student Assistance Program
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to assist school personnel to identify issues, including alcohol, drugs, mental health and other behaviors and factors that pose a barrier to a student’s learning and school success. SAP is an intervention and referral process,through which a student, staff, family and/or peers may make a referral. The SAP team ncludes staff who have been SAP trained and collects objective information from all school personnel who have contact with the student. This data is discussed with parent and student. The team assists in coordinating in-school and/or community-based services. A recommendation for an assessment through Northwest Human Services (NHS) may be made. The SAP team continues to monitor the student’s progress.