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Elementary Counseling

According to the American School Counselor Association, the elementary school years set the foundation for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Elementary school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents and the community to create a safe and respectful learning environment. By providing education, prevention, early identification and intervention, elementary school counselors help their students achieve academic success and develop social/emotional skills in response to issues they face.

Elementary school counselors hold a master’s degree and required state certification in school counseling. Maintaining certification includes ongoing professional development to stay current with education reform and challenges facing today’s students. Professional association membership enhances the school counselor’s knowledge and effectiveness. In Randolph, our elementary counselors promote an environment of personal inquiry and growth, social responsibility and academic success. Our counselors partner with school administrators, teachers and parents/guardians to promote healthy student development in a safe and nurturing learning environment. Counseling lessons are designed to allow all students to explore their interests, embrace their individuality and enhance their knowledge of themselves.

Randolph has two elementary counselors working within our four elementary schools which are led by a K-12 Supervisor of School Counseling. 


Our Elementary Counseling Team

Colleen Huguenin

K-12 Supervisor


Megan Sciara

Center Grove & Ironia

973-361-7835 ext. 1211
973-584-8588 ext. 3211


Debra Hessels

Fernbrook & Shongum

973-361-0660 ext. 2229
973-895-2322 ext. 4211


American School Counselor Association Standards

Our elementary counselors follow the "ASCA National Model" for the creation and implementation of our school counseling program. Research shows the implementation of a school counseling program, as outlined by “The ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs,” has a positive impact on student achievement. The development and implementation of these programs requires leadership from our well-trained, highly competent elementary school counselors and includes a collaborative effort with school administrators, classroom teachers, school staff and community stakeholders.



Mental Health & School Counseling

The school counselor’s role in student mental health development is to recognize and respond to the need for mental health intervention and to provide services that promote access to wellness for all students. School counselors are prepared to help families maximize student success in school. Through the school counseling curriculum, our counselors offer prevention and short-term crisis intervention until a student is connected with available community resources.

School counselors play a critical role in assisting students and parents seeking to coordinate with community resources for additional assistance. These referrals will assist families in treating mental health issues such as suicidal ideation, violence, abuse and depression.

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