Learning, Achieving, Succeeding!
April 19, 2024
Valley Stream Central High School District

Learning, Achieving, Succeeding!

April 19, 2024

Meet Your School Guidance Counselors

Central High School Counselors

Kathleen Hardy – Central High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 10 -12
Bachelor of Science in Psychology – SUNY Brockport
Master’s Degree in Counselor Education – Long Island University

My caseload usually consists of student whose names begin with the letters R-Z.  I look forward to meeting new students.  If you have any questions or concerns I am always happy to help.

Samantha Cipriano – Central High School

Senior High Counselor-Grades 10-12
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development-SUNY Oswego
Master’s Degree in School Counseling- New York Institute of Technology

As a high school counselor, my primary focus is to promote the academic, personal/social, and career development of all students. I look forward to offering support to students, staff, families, and the community. 

Amy La Personerie, Central High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 10-12
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – Hofstra University
Master’s Degree in Counselor Education – Hofstra University
Educational Leadership- Professional Certification-School Building/District leader – C.W. Post/LIU – Marriage and Family Therapy Certification – Hofstra University

I value my role as counselor. Every day is wonderfully unique and I address my students’ academic and emotional concerns. I assist teachers, parents, and students with a variety of issues. I also collaborate with students to develop their career and college plans. My students have my trust, respect, and honesty and I believe I work to help them make aa positive difference at Central High.

Ron Rini – Central High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 10-12
Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish – SUNY Old Westbury
Master’s Degree in Counseling – Hofstra University
PD in School District Administration – SUNY Stony Brook

I enjoy serving the Valley Stream community and work very hard to help each and every student in my caseload reach their emotional, social and intellectual potential.  It is my belief that students should be encouraged to challenge themselves as much and as often as possible.  In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “That which one needs to do, usually can be done.”

Kathryn Sciocchetti – Central High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 10-12
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development – Oswego State University
Master of Science in Education, School Counseling- City University at Lehman College

As the school counselor, my goal is to work with students to help them have the best learning and social experience at Central High School and to help them build skills that they can use throughout their lives. I believe that working with parents and teachers as a team is the best way to achieve this.

Memorial Junior High School Counselors

Florence Abanda – Memorial Junior High School
516-872-7717

Junior High School Counselor – Grades 8 – 9
Bachelor’s in Fine Art’s Radio and T.V. Production- NYIT- Manhattan Campus
Master’s in Science Education Specializing in School Counseling- LIU-Brooklyn Campus
Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Counseling- Alfred University- Upstate NY

I am one of the new School Counselors here at Memorial and I am blessed, elated and excited to be working here. I look forward to getting know the staff and awesome young scholars here at Memorial. It will be a great school year, and I will be participating in making that possible for every child.

Michael DiGiovanna – Memorial Junior High School
516-872-7718

Junior High Counselor – Grades 7 – 9
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work – Molloy College
Master’s Degree in School Counseling – St. John’s University
     
On a personal note, I truly enjoy collaborating with the Valley Stream community and feel fortunate to work with dedicated professionals and supportive parents and guardians. It has been rewarding to assist the students with achieving their goals.

Leanna Donahue – Memorial Junior High School
516-872-7730

Junior High School Counselor – Grades 7-9
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.
Master of Science in Counselor Education – Queens College, C.U.N.Y.

As a school counselor, I am dedicated to connecting with students and helping them reach all of their goals whether it be academically, socially, or emotionally. Every student is unique, and I am committed to counseling my students as such. Aside from being a counselor, I am also the Crochet Club Advisor as well as a dedicated softball coach. I look forward to working with my students and their families!

Michele Jackson – Memorial Junior High School
516-872-7726

Junior High School Counselor – Grades 7 – 9
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting – Baruch College, C.U.N.Y.
Master of Science in Counselor Education – Queens College, C.U.N.Y.
Post Graduate Certification in Educational Leadership – 
(School Building/District Leader) – College of New Rochelle

As a school counselor, my role is to help guide all of my students towards reaching their own individual academic, emotional and social potential. Each day and year my students here at MJHS continue to inspire me to contribute my all to ultimately guide them on a successful path to their desired bright futures in high school and beyond. 

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress….” -Barack Obama

Laura Mesa – Memorial Junior High School
516-872-7725

Junior High School Counselor, Grades 7-9
Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology –Hofstra University
Master of Science in Education, School Counseling with a Bilingual Extension – St. John’s University
New York State School Counselor of the Year, (SCOY), 2019; Life Changer Nominee, 2020
New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA) Board member
NYSSCA Chairperson of Member Engagement & Recognition, 2021 to present.
PTSA Building Teacher Delegate

School counseling is a rewarding and humbling profession. I am extremely proud to be a part of this profession. Every day, I am amazed and inspired by my students’ goals and achievements. These accomplishments, whether big or small, are equally valued and celebrated. Students need to be seen, heard, and recognized as unique individuals, each with specific needs to maximize their boundless potential. I believe that with a supportive, open-minded, and collaborative team approach, we can develop programs designed to provide the best possible experiences for every student. I fervently consider that… “where a student begins, does not determine what their future will be.”

In addition to my school counseling responsibilities, I enjoy developing strong partnerships with students, parents, faculty, and the Valley Stream Community. I serve as the advisor to the following school co-curricular clubs: the Youth Leadership Club, the Peer Assisted Learning Services (PALS) and Co –advisor to the Students Committed to Social Justice (SCSJ).

On a personal note, I love being a mom. Reading, riding, and cooking are a few things I do to relax. I also enjoy using meaningful quotes. One of my favorite quotes is “Education is for improving the lives of others and leaving your community and world better than you found it.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman

Alexandra Panos – Memorial Junior High School
516-872-7728

Junior High Counselor – Grades 7 – 9
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – University at Albany
Master of Science in Education, Counseling – Hofstra University
     
I feel very fortunate to work within the Valley Stream community. As a school counselor, I am committed to promoting students’ unique strengths while encouraging them to reach their academic, social and emotional potential. In the words of Harriet Tubman, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” I am excited to help each of you begin building the future you want!

Find your strengths. Be determined. Celebrate your future. Dream big.

Camile Shaw – Memorial Junior High School
516-872-7709

Junior High School Counselor – Grades 8-9 and Restorative Practices
Bachelor’s Degree of Art in Psychology – Columbia University
Master’s Degree of Art in Counseling and Guidance: K-12 Schools – New York University

I am truly honored to be able to work within the Valley Stream community. As a counselor, I am committed to supporting our students with their academic, social, and emotional endeavors. In this role, I hope to continue the work of encouraging students, families, and staff members to have their voices heard.

To my students: in the words of Conan O’Brien, “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.”

North High School Counselors

Tamra Bloeth- North Junior/High School

Junior High Counselor – Grades 7-9Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology – Hofstra University
Master’s Degree in Counselor Education – Hofstra University
 
As a guidance counselor, I seek to establish positive relationships with my students, their families and their teachers while we all work together to achieve each students individual academic, social and emotional potential.? 

Josh Brodsky – North High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 9-12
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – SUNY Binghamton
Master’s Degree in Education with a specialization in School Counseling – Hofstra University
Graduate Certificate in School District Administration – SUNY Stony Brook

On a personal note, I am truly looking forward to helping each of my students choose their college and career and lead them on a journey to a bright and prosperous future.

Jamie Carbone – North High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 9-12
Bachelors of Arts in Sociology – Hofstra University
Masters Degree in School Counseling – Hofstra University

As a guidance counselor, I take pride in helping students with social, emotional, and educational problems, as welling as assisting them with the college application process. I also hope to encourage students to be everything they are capable of becoming.

Michelle Lopez – North Junior/Senior High School

English as a New Language Counselor – Grades 7-12
Bachelor’s Degree- Baruch College
Master’s in Liberal Studies – Stony Brook University
Master’s in Counselor Education – Hofstra University

As a School Counselor for English Language Learners, I not only value the diversity our students, but I look forward to creating and maintaining an environment where every student achieves the highest possible education in the areas of academic, career, personal and social development.

Como consejera de los estudiantes de Inglés como Nuevo Idioma, valoro la diversidad de nuestros estudiantes. Tengo mucho interés en crear y mantener un ambiente donde cada estudiante logra la educación más alta posible en el área académico, carrera y desarollo personal y social.

Nicole Maier – North High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 9-12
Bachelors of Science in Counseling and Human Services – University of Scranton
Masters Degree in School Counseling – LIU – CW Post Campus
 
As a guidance counselor, I look forward to helping my students with their academic and personal needs.  I have the wonderful opportunity of working side by side with students and their families as we plan for the future.  My goal is to have each student reach their full potential.

Maria Grace Pariti – North Junior / High School

Junior High Counselor – Grades 7-9
Bachelor’s Degree – Hofstra University
Master’s Degree in Counselor Education – Hofstra University
School District Administration – SUNY Stony Brook University

The quote by Lon Watters, “School is a building that has four walls-with tomorrow inside,” truly expresses how I think about my work with our students. We all possess a common goal, which is to guide today’s youth, as they become tomorrow’s leaders.

South High School Counselors

Vincent Baio – South High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 9-12
Bachelor’s Degree – SUNY Albany
Master’s Degree – CUNY Brooklyn

As a school counselor, I want all of my students to feel cared for, valued, and understood. My role is to support students’ holistic development to reach their fullest potential.

Jeanne Battaglia – South High School

Junior High Counselor – Grades 7- 9
Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising – Towson University
Master’s in School Counseling – C. W. Post Long Island University

I help the students set academic goals and take steps to reach them. I lend social and emotional support, essential for each student to be their “best self”. I enjoy working with the students very much and bringing them to their full potential.

Karen Miller– South High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 9-12
Bachelor’s Degree- CUNY Queens College
Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and certification in School Counseling- Long Island
University C. W. Post Campus

My goals as a school counselor are to provide students with the resources and tools to meet success academically, socially, and emotionally. I truly enjoy assisting students in creating goals for themselves to achieve! I feel very fortunate to work within the Valley Stream community as a counselor and a coach.

Phil Corsentino – South High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 9-12
Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing – Long Island University C. W. Post campus
Master’s Degree in School Counseling – Long Island University C. W. Post campus

My counseling philosophy is to help my students set appropriate educational goals, form a career identity and plan for the future and help each student find the college that will best suit them. I will always help students strive to become everything they are capable of becoming.

Melissa Keegan – South High School

Junior High Counselor – Grades 7-9
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – Hofstra University
Master’s Degree in Counselor Education – Hofstra University

I truly love working as a school counselor and feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students every day. My goal is to provide students with the necessary resources and support to allow them to achieve their own individual success. My philosophy is that all students are unique and need to be treated as such. I will always strive to help each student reach their greatest potential.