Welcome to the Hurffville Counselors' Corner!School CounselorSchool counselors have Master's Degrees and are professionally trained in the three domains of school counseling: academic success, career readiness, and social/emotional development.
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. Click here for the American School Counselor Association description of the elementary school counselor.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 problem 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 Coordinator (SAC)
Click here for the Association of the Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey roleThe SAC is an additional school counseling department personnel to assist students with social-emotional needs and target prevention/intervention strategies and programs related to substance abuse. 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.
All About Our Staff!
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, the Intervention and Referral Service (I&RS) Team Leader, the Site Test Coordinator for State and OLSAT Testing, coordinates our Hurffville Huskies Awards which recognize students who exemplify good character, coordinates the Hurffville Heroes Community Service Program, and serves on the OLWEUS team, 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 most 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: Ext. 5351
Degrees and Certifications:
BA, Psychology & Minor, Social Work - Rider University MA, School Counseling - The College of New Jersey Certifications: SAC, School Counselor
Ms. Sheronda Howard, SAC
Ms. 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 (SAC). Ms. Howard is also in the process of receiving her License Associate Counselor (LAC). Prior to joining the counseling team at Chestnut Ridge 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. Ms. Howard has worked with youth that has experience 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. Ms. Howard is also on the Attendance & Safe Schools Committee.
Ms. Howard enjoys spending time with her children, significant other, family and friends, and traveling!