• Welcome to the OVMS Counseling Corner!

    Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm
    Phone: 856-582-5353, Fax 856-589-0197

    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.
    Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC)ASAP
    The 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. Click here for the Association of the Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey role.

    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 requests from students or parents. See the most current listing below and feel free to contact your counselor at any time for assistance.

Ms. Natalie Marakowski, 6th Grade School Counselor

Phone: 856-582-5353 Ext. 5623

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology and Childhood Studies - Rutgers University MA, Counseling in Educational Settings - Rowan University Certification: School Counselor

Ms. Natalie Marakowski, 6th Grade School Counselor

Ms. Marakowski joined the OVMS staff in 2016.  Prior to joining the staff at OVMS, Ms. Marakowski held the position of Middle School Counselor in Delanco Township, NJ. She serves on the OVMS I&RS team & 504 committee. Ms. Marakowski is a member of the Gloucester County Professional Middle School Counselors Association and the New Jersey School Counseling Association.

Ms. Marakowski has a Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Childhood Studies from Rutgers University. She holds the certificate of K-12 School Counselor. Ms. Marakowski is currently continuing her education at Rowan University to receive the Student Assitance Coordinator (SAC) certification.

Ms. Marakowski enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading in her spare time, relaxing at the beach, and traveling to new places! Ms. Marakowski is very excited to start a new school year with your 6th grade student and provide support as he or she navigates middle school over the next three years!

Mrs. Pauline Kolodzey, 7th Grade School Counselor

Phone: 856-582-5353 Ext. 5624

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology - University of Maryland MA, Art Therapy - Marywood University MEd, School Counseling - Wilmington University Certification: School Counselor

Mrs. Pauline Kolodzey, 7th Grade School Counselor

Mrs. Kolodzey joined the OVMS in 2015. Prior to becoming part of the OVMS team, Mrs. Kolodzey was a Child and Adolescent Therapist at NewPoint Behavioral Health Care, a School Counselor at Wedgwood Elementary, and a School Counselor at Caroline Reutter School. She serves on the OVMS I&RS team, 504 committee, and is a member of the Gloucester County Professional Middle School Counselors Association.

Mrs. Kolodzey holds a M.A. in Art Therapy, a M.Ed. in School Counseling. In addition to being a certified School Counselor, she is also a Registered Art Therapist.

Mrs. Kolodzey enjoys running, snowboarding, drawing, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.

Mr. Daniel Jedwabny, 8th Grade School Counselor

Phone: 856-582-5353 Ext. 5621

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Art Education - Rowan University MA, Counseling in Education Setting - Rowan University Certifications: Art Teacher, School Counselor, Supervisor, Director of School Counseling Services, Principal

Mr. Daniel Jedwabny, 8th Grade School Counselor

Mr. Jedwabny has been a school counselor at OVMS since 2011. Prior to joining the school counseling department, he was an Art teacher at OVMS for ten years. Mr. Jedwabny is the 8th grade class co-advisor, Flag Football and Indoor Soccer advisor. Mr. Jedwabny is involved with many organizations and committees, such as the I&RS Team, the 504 Committee, and the Gloucester County Professional Middle School Counselors Association.  He is a proud graduate of Rowan University (’01,’08) and Wilmington University (’12).

In addition to being a certified school counselor, Mr. Jedwabny holds New Jersey certificates of Art Teacher, Supervisor, Principal, and Director of School Counseling Services. He has been honored as OVMS Teacher of the Year in 2011 and Gloucester County Middle School Counselor of the year in 2017.

Mr. Jedwabny enjoys rooting for Philadelphia sports teams, watching movies, creating artwork, working on small home remodel projects, and spending time with his family and friends.

Mr. Thomas Woodson, SAC

Phone: 856-582-5353 Ext. 5602

Email:

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 Coordinator 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 Psycho-Educational 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.

Mrs. Rebecca Burr, School Counseling Secretary

Phone: 856-589-5176 Ext. 5620

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Rebecca Burr, School Counseling Secretary

Mrs. Burr joined the OVMS School Counseling Office as their secretary in August 2018, and before that worked in the Central Administration Office for 6 years. She is extremely excited to be a part of the amazing Counseling team and looks forward to getting to know and work for both the students and staff of Orchard Valley!