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School Counseling & Support Staff

School Counseling
School Counseling



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Mrs. Jill Strub

School Counselor: Red Teams


Mrs. Beth Heller

School Counselor: Blue Teams


Mrs. Christine Talarico

School Counselor: White Teams


Mrs. Cathy Shea

School Counselor


Mrs. Vilma Alonso

School Counselor Secretary


Ms. Jody Bayer

Social Worker 


Ms. Tara Jugler

Social Worker


Ms. Karen Hores

School Psychologist 


Ms. Pamela Mickewich

School Psychologist 



Your School Counseling Department:  What does your School Counselor do?

School Counselors provide proactive, prevention based developmental guidance lessons on various topics throughout the school year. We respond to the academic, personal, social and career questions/concerns of all students on an as needed basis.

Please note that counseling sessions are confidential and we maintain this confidentiality for all
unless we are told the student or another student is a danger to him/herself or others.

As stated by the American School Counselor Association,"Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievment, personal/social development and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow."

The School Counselor has many jobs.

  • Implements the developmental guidance curriculum
  • Attends weekly team meetings to discuss student progress
  • Attends PPTs, case conferences, and Student Assistance Team (SAT) meetings
  • Provides short-term counseling regarding school related issues
  • Refers parents and students to community agencies/resources
  • Case manages all grade level 504 accommodation plans
  • Assists with registering new students
  • Creates initial student schedules and makes adjustments throughout the year
  • Provides group counseling activities as needed
  • Collaborates with school staff, parents and community agencies to promote student success
  • Provides information about alternative high school options
  • Assists with the application process to Henry Abbott Tech (HAT), Nonnewaug and private schools
  • Coordinates the 9th grade course selection process with NMHS school counselors and SMS students 
  • Coordinates with Sarah Noble staff in the transition from Grade 6 to Grade 7
  • Assists with all standardized testing (in-district and state)
  • Develops an improvement plan with academically at risk students
  • Creates and reviews individual student portfolios that begin in grade 7 and continue at NMHS