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Middle School Counseling

According to the American School Counselor Association, middle school students are characterized by rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world and an emerging self-identity. Middle 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, respectful learning environment whereby young students can maximize personal and academic achievement.

Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic, career and social/emotional development. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set informed career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.

Middle 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. At Randolph Middle School, our school counseling program supports high achievement while decreasing barriers to learning. In collaboration with other educators, families and community members, our comprehensive counseling program provides both proactive and responsive services that help students overcome challenges that interfere with learning and ultimately reach their potential. It's important that in middle school, our school counselors begin to concentrate on academic excellence and rigor, post high school exploration and the pursuit of students' individual goals. 


Our Middle School Counseling Team

Colleen Huguenin

K-12 Supervisor


Gina Naclerio


973-361-0808 ext. 5217


Chance Summerer


973-361-0808 ext. 5257


Jessica Mousa


973-361-0808 ext. 5221


American School Counselor Association Standards

Our middle school 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 middle 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.