• Welcome to Hurffville Counseling!

    School Counselors' Hours: 8:40am - 3:55pm
    Note: For crisis, use our district 
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    School CounselorsASCA NJSCA
    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. 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.
    • The school counselor's role is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program for Hurffville School. This involves helping all students to learn social-emotional skills designed to help students reach their full academic potential. Lessons are taught in the classroom throughout the year and small groups and/or individual counseling are also provided.
    • School based counseling is designed to be a short-term intervention where various developmentally appropriate skills are taught and reinforced. The school counselor's role is not designed to provide therapy or long-term counseling in the school. However, counselors can assist with providing referrals for families seeking community based resources to support therapeutic, family based, or mental health needs.  Since the counseling program is designed to be a positive, proactive approach to student contact, you need not be unduly concerned if your child tells you about visits with the school counselor. However, parents will be contacted for more intensive concerns, and you may communicate with the school counselor in the beginning of each school year if you do not want your child to participate in small group counseling sessions.
    Department Vision/Mission
    The District School Counseling Department is Building Better People by helping all students achieve school success and plan for their future.

    All About Our School Counselor! 

Phone: 856-589-7459 Ext. 4004


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Social Work - Rutgers University MA, Social Work - Rutgers University Certification: School Counselor

Mrs. Larissa Fanning, School Counselor

As the school counselor, Mrs. Fanning's role is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program for Hurffville School.  This involves helping all students to learn social-emotional skills designed to help students reach their full academic potential.  Mrs. Fanning teaches lessons in the classroom throughout the year and provides short-term small groups and/or individual counseling.  She also serves as the 504 Coordinator, Home Instruction coordinator, coordinates our Hurffville Huskies Awards which recognize students who exemplify good character, coordinates the Hurffville Heroes Community Service Program, in addition to other various other responsibilities. 

Mrs. Fanning is a Certified Elementary School Counselor who obtained her undergraduate and master degrees in Social Work from Rutgers, The State University in Livingston NJ, and her Certification for Elementary School Counseling from Eastern University.  Her education included internships as a domestic violence counselor and sexual assault therapist.  Upon graduating, she served as an outpatient psychotherapist at a community mental health center, a therapist and supervisor of a residential home for at-risk adolescents, a non-child study team school social worker and then a school counselor for children attending school in one of New Jersey's more economically disadvantaged municipalities, prior to joining Washington Township Public Schools as the School Counselor for Hurffville School in 2012.  School Counseling is her dream job and she looks forward to continuing in this role here at Hurffville. 

Phone: 856-232-1290 Ext. 3024


Degrees and Certifications:

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

Miss Rachel Simonetti, School Counselor

I am very excited to join the School Counseling team this year for the Washington Township School District! I am a proud graduate of Rowan University and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2019, as well as my Masters of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings in 2021. Prior to working at Washington Township, I worked at an elementary school in Audubon, NJ as a school counselor for students in their summer program. I am looking forward to using my knowledge and previous experience to create engaging and informative counseling interventions in a classroom, group, and individual setting that attend to academic, career, and social and emotional development. I am in the unique position in that I will be traveling and working at all six elementary schools on a rotation schedule. I am thrilled to get to know and work with your students this school year!

In my free time, I enjoy planning and going on trips to Disney World, rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies, and spending time with my family, friends, and three cats!



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