• Welcome to the Whitman Counselors' Corner!

    School Counselor
    School counselors have Master's Degrees and are professionally trained in the three domains of school counseling: academic success, career readiness, and social/emotional development. Click here for the American School Counselor Association description of the elementary school counselor.
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    Mission Statement
    The mission of the WTPS's Elementary Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses positive character traits, as well as social, organizational and problme solving skills. The school counselor will work in partnership with administration, other educators, parnets/guardians, and the community to help students meet their academic potential. 
     
    Student Assistance Counselor (SAC)
    Click here for the Association of the Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey role
    According to a very strict Federal Regulation (42 CFR), the Student Assistance Counselor cannot disclose to anyone any information that a student discusses with them, without the permission of the student. There are only two exceptions to this law. The first is in instances where the student expresses the desire to hurt himself/herself or another person. The second exception involves situations of abuse. In both cases the SAC is obligated to inform school or legal personnel.

    However, there are a few exceptions to this law.  If a student tells the SAC that he/she wishes to hurt him/herself or anyone else, actions must be taken to prevent this from happening.  Also, if a student discloses that abuse is happening to him/her, the SAC counselor has the obligation to report the abuse.

    With this confidentiality law, students feel more comfortable disclosing information to their counselors.  In most cases holding information in and letting it build can have a detrimental effect.  The SAC gives the students the opportunity to vent in a safe place where they know the information will not leave the office.

    All About Our Staff! 

Ms. Corinne Arenz, School Counselor

Phone: 856-227-1103 Ext. 3413

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology - Stockton University MA, Counseling in Educational Settings - Rowan University Certification: School Counselor

Ms. Corinne Arenz, School Counselor

Hi! I am the new school counselor for Whitman Elementary School, and I am very excited to work with all of my new students and families to facilitate a myriad of services. I am a graduate of Stockton University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a recent graduate of Rowan University with my Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings. Prior to working at Whitman Elementary, I was a school counselor for an elementary school in Franklinville, NJ and have worked in counseling in a community setting. 

At Whitman Elementary School, I provide individual, group and classroom counseling services. Indivudual counseling is solution focused - brief counseling, and can occur through parent or teacher referrals. Group counseling can cover topics from divorce/seperation, changes in home settings, self-esteem, social skills, anger management and coping skills. New groups are formed throughout the year and last for 6-8 sessions. Classroom lessons are focused on Character Education, and topics can include diversity, goal setting, responsibility and respect. As well as providing traditional counseling services, I am also the 504 Coordinator and Intervention and Referral Services Coordinator. Through Section 504 and I&RS, I facilitate a team of professionals to provide students equal access to education and tools to level the playing field.

When I am not at school, you can find me volunteering for community organizations, spending time with friends and family and taking my dog Fred on outdoor adventures! 

Mrs. Sandy Conlin, SAC

Phone: Ext. 3858

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA, University of Delaware - Criminal Justice MA, Rowan University - Student Personnel Services Certifications: Special Education Student Assistance Counselor Supervisor Leadership Anti-Bullying Specialist SAC Law

Mrs. Sandy Conlin, SAC

Hello, I am Sandy Conlin, the Student Assistance Counselor/Anti-Bullying Specialist for Whitman Elementary School, Wedgwood Elementary School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from The University of Delaware, and Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University. My role as SAC counselor involves supporting students and their families, teachers and counselors in times of need.

As well as working for Washington Township School District, I am the Municipal Alliance Coordinator for Washington Township where I coordinate drug and alcohol grant for prevention programs and assemblies throughout the school district and the community. I also coordinate the Washington Township Christmas Angels Program, helping families throughout the community.

I am a member of the Animal Welfare Association. I enjoy traveling to various baseball stadiums throughout the United States with my family and relaxing on the beach.