Learning, Achieving, Succeeding!
July 12, 2024
Valley Stream Central High School District

Learning, Achieving, Succeeding!

July 12, 2024
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Guidance

South High School

South High School Guidance Contact Information

Jacquelin Allen – Assistant Principal – (516)-791-0312

Meet Your 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.

Brett Coppens – South High School

Senior High Counselor – Grade 9 – 12
Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science—Hobart & William Smith Colleges  
Master’s Degree in School Counseling—New York University

As your high school counselor, my primary goal is to ensure that every student has a fulfilling and enjoyable high school experience while also preparing for a successful future beyond these walls. My aim is to be a trusted resource, guiding you through the academic, social, and emotional challenges that may arise. I believe in the power of collaboration between students, parents, and teachers. I am genuinely excited to be a part of your lives during this crucial period, and to watch you flourish as you pursue your dreams. Together, we will make your high school years not only memorable but also incredibly rewarding.  

Russell Garcia — South High School

Senior High Counselor – Grades 9 – 12
Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology – Adelphi University
Master’s Degree in School Counseling – Alfred University

Hello Valley Stream South community! I am thrilled to introduce myself as your dedicated school counselor. My name is Russell Garcia, and I am deeply passionate about supporting our students on their academic and personal journeys. With a strong commitment to their well-being, I am here to provide guidance, lend a listening ear, and offer resources to help our students thrive. I am excited to be a part of this wonderful community and look forward to working together to ensure our students’ success and happiness.

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.

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.

Deidre Tantillo – South High School

School Counselor – Grades 7 – 12
Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology—Fordham University
Master of Science Degree in School Counseling—Long Island University

With a restorative mindset, I am committed to ensuring that every student feels safe, valued, and respected in a supportive environment at South.  To enrich their school experience, I hope students get involved in all of the wonderful after school activities South has to offer.

Matthew Rothenberg—South High School

School Counselor – Grades 7 – 9 and Life Skills
Bachelor’s Degree – University at Buffalo 
Master’s Degree in School Counseling – Long Island University

As a school counselor, I want to provide our students with a place they feel valued and supported, in order for them to achieve their goals, grow and find success.  I am delighted to be working at South High School and look forward to establishing strong bonds with our students and their families.