• Welcome to CRMS Counseling!

    Office Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm, School Counselors' Hours: 7:40am - 3:05pm
    Phone: 856-582-5173 Ext. 5320, Fax: 856-589-0683 
    Note: For crisis, use our district Community Resources List


    School CounselorsASCA NJSCA
    Our school counselors have Master's Degrees and are professionally trained in the three domains of school counseling: academic success, college and career readiness, and social/emotional development. Click here for the American School Counselor Association description of the middle school counselor. Under Multi-Tiered System of Supports, direct counseling services include: school-wide activities, classroom lessons, individual planning or counseling, group counseling sessions, referral to resources.
    Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC)ASAP
    The SAC is an additional school counseling personnel to assist students with substance abuse prevention/intervention strategies and programs including Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Under Multi-Tiered System of Supports, direct SAC services include: school-wide activities, classroom lessons, individual or group sessions, referral to resources. According to the Federal Regulation (42 CFR Part 2), the SAC cannot disclose confidential student information related to substance abuse without the permission of the student. Click here for the Association of the Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey role.
    Department Vision/Mission
    The District School Counseling Department's Vision/Mission is Building Better People by helping all students achieve school success and plan for their future.

    All About Our Staff! 

    School Counselor Assignments 
    Assigned by grade level, students stay with the same school counselor all three years of their middle school experience. We do not honor counselor change requests from students or parents. See the most current listing below and feel free to contact your counselor at any time for assistance.

Phone: 856-582-5173 Ext. 5320


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Michelle Bucci, Counseling Secretary

Mrs. Bucci is the Counseling Office's Secretary. She always greets both students and staff to the office with a friendly and welcoming smile! Mrs. Bucci's easygoing nature and professionalism definitely help the CRMS counselors to fulfill their responsbilities.

Phone: 856-582-5173 Ext. 5323


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Elementary Education & Special Education - LaSalle University MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certification: Elementary Teacher, Special Education Teacher, School Counselor

Mrs. Susan Kane, 6th Grade School Counselor

Mrs. Kane earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from LaSalle University and a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University.  She has been a proud member of the Washington Township School District since 1989. Mrs. Kane taught at Orchard Valley Middle School before becoming a counselor here at Chestnut Ridge. She is involved with many organizations and committees, such as the I&RS Team, the 504 Committee, and the School Safety Team. Mrs. Kane really enjoys working with students at the middle level and also loves to spend time with her family and relax on the beach.

Phone: 856-582-5173 Ext. 5321


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Sociology - Glassboro State College MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certification: Secondary Education Social Studies Teacher, School Counselor

Mrs. Deana Leonard, 7th Grade School Counselor

Mrs. Leonard received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a certification in Secondary Education Social Studies from Glassboro State College in 1992. She taught World History and US History I at WTHS for 10 years. Mrs. Leonard received her Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Services in 1999 from Rowan University. She became a school counselor at CRMS in 2003. Mrs. Leonard participates in various committees, including but not limited to DEAC, Olweus, the 504 Committee, I&RS Team and Attendance & Safe Schools organization, to assist with the success of her students and the school as a whole. Mrs. Leonard was regonized as CRMS Teacher of the Year for the 2009-2010 School Year.

Mrs. Leonard enjoys spending time with her family, summers at the beach and fishing on their boat. She is a proud Washington Township High School and Chestnut Ridge Middle School parent. 

Phone: 856-582-5173 Ext. 5322


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology & Minor, Social Work - Rider University MA, School Counseling & SAC - The College of New Jersey Certification: School Counselor, Student Assistance Counselor License: Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC)

Miss Sheronda Howard, 8th Grade School Counselor

Miss Howard received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Social Work from Rider University. She continued her education at The College of New Jersey earning a Master of Education in School Counselor and Student Assistant Coordinator. Miss. Howard also has her License Associate Counselor (LAC) and is working toward her LPC. Prior to joining the school counseling team at Chestnut Ridge and Hurffville in 2019, she worked as a School Outreach Counselor for Mercer County School District’s and a Family Support Specialist with Burlington County Community Action Program. Miss. Howard has worked with youth that has experienced trauma, abuse, homelessness, grief, anxiety, depression, anger management, self-esteem, suicide ideation, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, truancy, and of the LGBTQ community. Miss. Howard is also on the Attendance & Safe Schools Committee.

Miss. Howard enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and traveling!

Phone: 856-582-5173 Ext. 5324


Degrees and Certifications:

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

Mrs. Sandy Conlin, SAC

Mrs. Conlin is currently on leave. If you need further assistance, please contact Mrs. Bucci, CRMS Counseling Secretary, at 856-582-3535 Ext. 5320 or mbucci@wtps.org.

Hello, I am Sandy Conlin, the Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC) for Chestnut Ridge High School. I graduated wth my Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from The University of Delaware, and Master of Arts in Student Personal Services from Rowan University. 

My role as the SAC 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.