Welcome to the Bells 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. 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 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 Coordinator (SAC)
Click here for the Association of the Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey roleAccording to the Federal Regulation (42 CFR Part 2), the Student Assistance Coordinator cannot disclose to anyone 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 himself/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 has the obligation to report the abuse. With this confidentiality law, students feel comfortable disclosing information to their SAC.
All About Our Staff!
Phone: 856-589-8441 Ext. 3261
Degrees and Certifications:
BA, Sociology - Rowan University MEd, School Counseling - Wilmington University Certification: School Counselor
Mrs. Danielle DiPinto, School Counselor
Mrs. DiPinto joined the Bells staff in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Rowan University and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Wilmington University. Mrs. DiPinto is a proud graduate of the Washington Township School District, attending Bells Elementary, Orchard Valley Middle and WTHS. She is the I&RS team leader, 504 coordinator, serves on the OLWEUS committee and is a member of the Gloucester County Elementary School Counselor Association. Mrs. DiPinto will be teaching classroom guidance lessons, leading small groups and meeting with students individually. Her goal is to provide students with resources needed to ensure academic, career, and personal/social success. Mrs. DiPinto enjoys spending time with her husband, their two dogs (Jake and Riley), and her family.
Phone: Ext. 5602
Degrees and Certifications:
BA, Psychology - Glassboro State College MA, Psychoeducational Processes - Temple University EdS - Marriage and Family Therapy Certification: SAC
Mr. Thomas Woodson, SAC
Mr. Woodson joined Washington Township School District in 2005. He is currently the Student Assistance Counselor and Anti- Bullying Specialist at OVMS and Bells Elementary School. Prior to joining the OVMS staff, Mr. Woodson was Program Director at Penn Recovery Systems in Philadelphia, Director of Clinical School Programs at TRIS, Special Services Counselor at Highland High School, and Substance Awareness Coordinator and Coordinator of Adult Evening Programming for Burlington Township School District.
Mr. Woodson holds a Masters Degree in Psychoeducational Proccesses from Temple University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Glassboro State College. He is currently a candidate for a Doctorate in Education. Mr. Woodson is also a certified Substance Awareness Coordinator and holds an Ed.S in Marriage and Family Therapy.