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    School Counselors' Hours: 8:40am-3:55pm

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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.
    School Counselor Assignments 
    In our elementary schools, students are grouped by grade levels and assigned to dedicated school counselor. To ensure consistent support, we do not honor counselor change requests from students or parents. Please contact your counselor anytime for assistance.   

    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 Counselors! 

Phone: 856-589-7459 Ext. 4004


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Social Work - Rutgers University MA, Social Work - Rutgers University Certification: School Counselor Activities: Crisis Response School Lead, Section 504 School, Coordinator, No Place for Hate Lead

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, in addition to 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.   

Appointments: Email

Phone: 856-589-8441 Ext. 4029


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology - University of Valley Forge MA, Counseling in Educational Settings - Rowan University Certification: School Counselor Activities: Anti-Bullying Specialist, Section 504 School Coordinator, No Place for Hate Lead

Mrs. Erika Davis, School Counselor/Traveling Interventionist

Mrs. Davis is on leave for the 2023-2024 school year and Noelle Mathews nmathews@wtps.org (extension 4029) is the Long-Term Substitute School Counselor/Traveling Interventionist for grades K-2.

This is my first year as a school counselor! I had the pleasure of interning at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School twice, during both my degree programs. I have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Valley Forge and a Master’s Degree in Counseling in the Educational Setting from Rowan University. My passion lies in social emotional learning to all grade levels and providing students a voice from an early age.

I am looking forward to joining the Washington Township elementary counseling team and collaborating with parents, teachers, students, and staff at the schools where I will be working. I am excited about an awesome year with you and your child!

Click here to learn more about Mrs. Davis

Appointments: Email

Phone: 856-232-1290 Ext. 3042


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Humanities - University of Pennsylvania MSW, Social Work - Temple University EdD, Special Education - Arcadia University Licensure: LCSW

Dr. Michele Forte, Transitional Coach

Dr. Michele Forte is a social worker and educator who has a diverse background in working with individuals facing developmental, behavioral, and mental health challenges. She has extensive experience in clinical practice, special education, program development, advocacy, research, and team leadership.  Dr. Forte holds a Doctorate in Education (Special Education) from Arcadia University, a Master of Social Work (Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families) from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities/Religious Studies) from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Forte’s research and practical interests include building positive behavior supports in the home and community; supporting parents with intellectual disabilities and cognitive challenges; increasing capacities for individuals with low functioning disabilities; and reducing adolescent self-harming behaviors. When not working she enjoys travel, crafts and spending time with family.


In response to the critical shortage of student support services across the nation's schools, where the average counselor-to-student ratio is 1-to-408, our program introduces a novel approach to address the unmet behavioral health needs of students. At a time when nearly 40% of students are battling untreated behavioral health disorders—a situation that significantly affects attendance, instructional time, disciplinary issues, and overall school climate—we offer hope.

Our program uniquely positions Transitional Coaches in schools to bridge the gap in student support services. These professionals, with their background in counseling, social work, and related fields, are dedicated to nurturing the potential within each child, assisting them to navigate challenges such as academic underachievement, bullying, negative peer influences, grief and loss, low self-esteem, and more.

Working in close collaboration with the school counselors, school leadership team, and staff, Transitional Coaches focus on the holistic development of students. They implement an evidence-based curriculum aimed at fostering respect for authority, goal-setting, assertive communication, substance-use prevention, cultural respect, self-value, and coping mechanisms for personal issues, trauma, and anxiety, among other topics.

Our service is uniquely designed to ensure accessibility and inclusivity, provided at no cost to students, families, or schools, and without affecting any family’s insurance premiums or plans. By aligning with the school's and district's overarching missions and goals, our program not only supports the individual student but also enhances the overall school climate, ensuring a nurturing environment for all students to thrive.