• Welcome to the WTHS Counselors' Corner!

    Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm
    Phone: 856-589-8500 Ext. 7419, Fax: 856-582-6205

    CEEB School Code: 311364

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    School Counselors
    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 secondary school counselor.

    Vision Statement
    The WTHS Counseling Department delivers a comprehensive program that inspires all students to take action and responsibility for their academic, personal/social, and career development to succeed in their chosen paths and become active, positive members of society. 
     
    Mission Statement
    The mission of the WTHS Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. The WTHS Counseling Department provides a comprehensive program that is fully integrated with the mission of the district and works with students, parents, teachers, and community members to ensure quality learning and lifelong success as directed by the Washington Township School District and the New Jersey Department of Education.

    Student Assistance Counselor (SAC)
    Click here for the Association of the Student Assistance Professionals of New Jersey role
    According to a very strict Federal Regulation (42 CFR), the Student Assistance Counselor cannot disclose to anyone any 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 him/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 counselor has the obligation to report the abuse.

    With this confidentiality law, students feel more comfortable disclosing information to their counselors.  In most cases holding information in and letting it build can have a detrimental effect.  The SAC gives the students the opportunity to vent in a safe place where they know the information will not leave the office. 

    All About Our Staff! 

Mrs. Tanya Brown-Johnson, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7439

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS, Secondary Education/English - Boston University MEd, Counseling/Guidance - Boston University Certifications: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies/Educational Leadership (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Supervisor (Rutgers University, Secondary English Teacher, School Counselor Activities: Senior Scholarship & Honors Banquet Facilitator, Freshmen Summer Transition Camp Counselor

Mrs. Tanya Brown-Johnson, School Counselor

Mrs. Brown-Johnson received her Bachelor of Science degree in English/Secondary Education and Master of Education in Counseling/Guidance from Boston University. She completed a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, and her New Jersey Supervisor’s Certificate from Rutgers University. Mrs. Brown-Johnson began her public school counseling journey in Huntsville, Alabama, serving as a Elementary School and then, as a High School Counselor.  Upon returning to New Jersey, Mrs. Brown-Johnson began her school counseling career at Glassboro Intermediate School, counseling middle and alternative high school students. She began her counseling career at Washington Township High School in 1995. When not at work, Mrs. Brown-Johnson spends time with her children and grandchildren.  The beach, reading, and shopping are her favorite pastimes. 

Mrs. Karin Eckert-Carpenter, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7440

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS, Health and Physical Education K-12 - East Stroudsburg University MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University MEd, School Leadership - Wilmington University Certifications: Special Education K-12, School Counselor, Supervisor, Principal Activities: Freshman Summer Transition Camp Counselor, Alumni Panel Facilitator

Mrs. Karin Eckert-Carpenter, School Counselor

Mrs. Eckert-Carpenter received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University. She also received her Master of Arts Degree in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University, and a Master of Education in School Leadership from Wilmington University. Mrs. Eckert-Carpenter began her teaching/coaching career in 1983. She taught at Lenape High School and coaching field hockey at Pennsbury High School. In 1984, she was hired by the Washington Township School District as a Health and Physical Education teacher at WTHS. Mrs. Eckert-Carpenter has coached girls’ soccer, field hockey and softball at WTHS. Mrs. Eckert-Carpenter also taught for the Department of Defense Schools Camp Lejeune, NC. Mrs. Eckert-Carpenter began her career as a school counselor at WTHS in 1992. Mrs. Eckert-Carpenter enjoys spending time with her husband and six children. Her children graduated Erica (WTHS 2001), Justin (GCIT 2006), Patrick (WTHS 2008), John (WTHS 2012), Melanie (WTHS 2014), and Joe (WTHS 2015).

Mrs. Amanda Hamer, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7434

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Interpersonal/Organizational Communication - Rowan University MA, Counseling in Educational Settings - Rowan University Certification: School Counselor Activities: School Test Coordinator, College & Career Fair Coordinator, Career Council College Trip Facilitator

Mrs. Amanda Hamer, School Counselor

Mrs. Hamer received her Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication and Master of Arts in Counseling in Educational Settings from Rowan University, with additional graduate credits from Drexel University in Student Development.  Before joining the WTHS Counseling Team, Mrs. Hamer was a Senior Academic Advisor at Drexel University where she also instructed the freshman seminar courses for her college.  Mrs. Hamer is a proud graduate of the Washington Township School District, attending Bells Elementary, Orchard Valley Middle, and WTHS.  She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, music, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Frances Mulvihill, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7432

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Elementary Education - Glassboro State College MA, Student Personnel Services - Glassboro State College Certifications: Elementary Education Pre-K-8 Teaching, School Counselor Activities: Sophomore Class Council Co-Advisor, Peer Facilitator Advisor, On-Site Instant Decision Day Co-Facilitator

Mrs. Frances Mulvihill, School Counselor

Mrs. Mulvihill received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Glassboro State College. She taught at the elementary school level for nine years. In 1998, she was named Teacher of the Year for the East Greenwich Township School District. Mrs. Mulvihill received her Master of Arts Degree in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University in 1999.  Mrs. Mulvihill is the head Peer Facilitator Advisor.  Peer Facilitators are trained mediators who work within the school setting to resolve conflict.  She is also a co-advisor for Sophomore Class Council, working with Mrs. Hamer.  Mrs. Mulvihill is a proud soccer mom of two boys and enjoys cooking big family meals.

Mrs. Judy Nelson, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7429

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Language Arts/Social Studies Specialization in Spanish - Glassboro State College MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certifications: Teacher K-12, School Counselor, Supervisor Activities: Work Study Coordinator, HBCU College Fair Facilitator

Mrs. Judy Nelson, School Counselor

Mrs. Nelson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Language Arts/Social Studies from Glassboro State College and her Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Services and Supervisory Certificate from Rowan University. Mrs. Nelson began her educational career at Washington Township in 1984 as a teacher of history for which she was selected as Teacher of the Year in 1992. Since 1993, Mrs. Nelson has been a member of the Counseling Department serving all the students at the end of the alphabet. Mrs. Nelson can be seen at many high school events in her capacity as former Varsity Cheer Coach for the fall and winter seasons. Mrs. Nelson herself is a graduate of WTHS, Class of ’78, and the proud parent of three TWP Graduates; Patrick ’05, Brett ’07, and Angelina ’09.

 

 

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Mrs. Linda Salkowski, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7438

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Elementary Education - Glassboro State College MA, Student Personnel Services - Glassboro State College Certifications: Elementary Education K-6, Reading K-12, School Counselor Activities: Freshman Summer Transition Camp Counselor, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Coordinator

Mrs. Linda Salkowski, School Counselor

Mrs. Salkowski received both her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and her Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Glassboro State College (Rowan University!).  She first started her educational career as an elementary school teacher in the Waterford Township School District.  Then after taking some time off to raise her family, Mrs. Salkowski returned to work as an elementary school counselor, serving Thomas Jefferson, Hurffville, and Wedgwood Elementary Schools here in Washington Township.  In 2006, she joined the WTHS Counseling Department.  At the high school, Mrs. Salkowski serves on the 504 team, assists with the summer freshman transition camp, and coordinates the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards with the local Rotary organization.  

Mrs. Salkowski has been a township resident since 1987.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 daughters, son, son-in-law, and yellow lab, Jake! Recently, Mrs. Salkowski welcomed her first granddaughter, who instantly became the love of her life and number 1 "hobby"!

Ms. Sandy Stockl, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7427

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Mathematics Education Psychology Minor - Trenton State College MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certifications: Teacher of Mathematics K-12, Elementary Education K-8, School Counselor, Supervisor Activities: Girls Lacrosse Coach

Ms. Sandy Stockl, School Counselor

Ms. Stockl graduated from Trenton State College with a degree in Mathematics Education in 1988.  She was then hired to teach Mathematics in 1989 at WTHS.  Ms. Stockl also went back to school to earn her Masters Degree in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University and graduated in 1994.  After 26 years of being in the classroom and teaching a variety of math classes from basic skills, in-class support and honors level, Ms. Stockl is now serving as a school counselor.  She is also a member of the 504 Team and a Freshman Summer Transition Camp Counselor.  Ms. Stockl serves as the Varsity Girls Lacrosse coach and has been doing so since its inaugural year of 1994.  Ms. Stockl is a resident of Washington Township and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, taking her daughter to activities, and completing home projects. 

Mr. John Tortoriello, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7436

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Mathematics - Glassboro State College MS, Guidance and Counseling - East Texas State University Certifications: Teacher of Mathematics 7-12, School Counselor Activities: On-Site Instant Decision Day Co-Facilitator

Mr. John Tortoriello, School Counselor

Mr. Tortoriello received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Glassboro State College along with New Jersey teacher certification. He earned a Master of Science degree in Guidance and Counseling from East Texas State University. Mr. Tortoriello taught mathematics for thirteen years in both New Jersey and Texas, working with students in grades 7 - 12. Upon completing the requirements for New Jersey certification, Mr. Tortoriello began his counseling career. He has served as a high school counselor since 1989 and has been at Washington Township High School since 1999. Mr. Tortoriello enjoys being with his family, travelling, and “all things WTHS.”

Mrs. Nicole Venere, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7433

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Teacher of the Handicapped - Rowan University MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certifications: Elementary Teaching, Special Education, School Counselor Activities: Freshman Transition Program Advisor

Mrs. Nicole Venere, School Counselor

Mrs. Venere received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Rowan University and her Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University. Beginning her career at Washington Township High School in 2001, Mrs. Venere taught Special Education for four years before joining the counseling department. Mrs. Venere, a proud Washington Township High School graduate and Washington Township resident, enjoys spending time with her two children, husband, and family.  In her spare time, she likes to shop and travel to Disney and many other places.  

Miss Sheryl Wescott, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7435

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS, Special Education - Trenton State College MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certification: School Counselor

Miss Sheryl Wescott, School Counselor

Miss Wescott received her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Trenton State College and her Master of Art degree in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University.  Ms. Wescott taught Special Education at Washington Township High School for 15 years and has enjoyed counseling students at Washington Township High School for 15 years since.  Ms. Wescott has coached at the high school level and has enjoyed volunteering her time to coach her daughter in the community for Washington Township Parks and Recreation Department.  Miss Wescott's favorite pastimes include being with family and friends, sitting on any beach anywhere, and reading.  Ms. Wescott looks forward to retirement where she plans to travel, work in her garden, and improve on her golf game. 

Mrs. Andra Williams, School Counselor

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7441

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Secondary Education/English and Psychology - Widener University MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certifications: Teacher K-12, School Counselor Activities: Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation, Freshman Transition Program Advisor, Freshman Summer Transition Camp Counselor, School Improvement Committee Member

Mrs. Andra Williams, School Counselor

Mrs. Williams received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Widener University and her Master of Arts in Student Personnel Services from Rowan University. Beginning her career at Washington Township High School in 1996, Mrs. Williams taught 9th and 10thGrade English for five years before joining the counseling department. Mrs. Williams is the advisor for Peer Facilitators and the Freshman Transition Program. In addition, Mrs. Williams was recognized as the 2014-15 WTHS Educational Services Professional of the Year and 2014-15 Gloucester County School Counselor of the Year. Mrs. Williams, a Washington Township High School graduate and Washington Township resident, enjoys spending time with her three children, husband, and family. She takes great pride in being able to work with families in the community and believes in caring for her counselees the same way she would care for her own children!

Mr. Jamie Oliver, SAC, Grades 11-12

Phone: 856-589-8500 Ext. 7013

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Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology - Rowan University Certifications: SAC, SAC Law, Anti-Bullying Specialist Activities: WTHS School Safety & Climate Team, District Drug and Safe Schools Committee

Mr. Jamie Oliver, SAC, Grades 11-12

Mr. Jamie Oliver attended Rowan University and received a BA in Psychology. While there, he played on their baseball team. Shortly after graduation, Mr. Oliver began his career at Yale School in Cherry Hill, NJ and moved on to work for the juvenile probation system while obtaining his SAC Certification. Mr. Oliver began his career in Washington Township in 2000 when he split his duties between OVMS and WTHS for five years. We are happy to have him part of our team at WTHS on a full-time basis. Mr. Oliver has coached at WTHS for sotfball, powerpuff, and chaperoned the senior trips. During his free time you can find him on the golf course!

 

Mrs. Heather Petolicchio, SAC, Grades 9-10

Phone: 856-589-8500 Ext. 7664

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Degrees and Certifications:

BS, Secondary Education Social Studies - Temple University SAC - Rowan University MEd, School Counseling - Wilmington University Certifications: SAC, SAC Law, Psychological First Aid, Post Traumatic Stress Management, Narcan, Crisis Prevention Intervention Activities: Anti-Bullying Specialist, Director of School TWP Pantry, District Drug Free and Safe Schools, WTHS School Safety & Climate Team, Gloucester County Crisis Response Team

Mrs. Heather Petolicchio, SAC, Grades 9-10

Mrs. Heather Petolicchio attended Temple University, where she earned her BS in Secondary Education Social Sciences. She also competed on their field hockey team as a scholarship student-athlete.  Mrs. Petolicchio began her career at WTHS in 1995 as a history teacher and a coach of the field hockey and softball teams.  After seven years in the classroom she began as a SAC in the Counseling Department when earning her certification from Rowan University. As a SAC, she created the WTHS Gay and Straight Alliance and was the club advsior for 12 years.  She runs several groups throughout school year including grief/loss for students and co-facilitates the in-school TWP Pantry. 

When not at work Mrs. Petolicchio enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, travelling, engaging in history-nerd activities, and watching sports. Mrs. Petolicchio is a proud graduate of WTHS! #TWP Pride

 

Mrs. Anne Marguglio, Counseling Secretary

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7430

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Mrs. Anne Marguglio, Counseling Secretary

Mrs. Marguglio has been a resident of Washington Township since 1964 and graduated from Washington Township High School in 1976. After working in private industry for ten years she spent time raising two boys before returning to work at Washington Township High School. She has been working in the counseling office for 14 years. Mrs. Marguglio is currently pursuing a degree in Network Administration. She is an avid Flyers fan and also enjoys reading and gardening.

Mrs. Toni Silvestri, Counseling Secretary

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7419

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Mrs. Toni Silvestri, Counseling Secretary

Mrs. Silvestri is a lifetime resident of Washington Township as well as a graduate of Washington Township High School. She has been involved in our school system for the past 20 years, where she actively volunteered her time (as a parent) with each of her three children. Mrs. Silvestri began her career within the district as a One-to-One Assistant at Birches Elementary School. She then served as a Literacy Assistant at Grenloch Terrace Early Childhood Center. Mrs. Silvestri continued as an Administrative Assistant in the Main Office at Orchard Valley Middle School for six years and is currently an Administrative Assistant in the Counseling Office at Washington Township High School. Mrs. Silvestri values the opportunity to assist students of all ages. Her favorite pastime is sharing the blessing of love and laughter with her husband, children, and beloved grandchildren!

Mrs. Barbara Tighe, Counseling Secretary

Phone: (856) 589-8500 Ext. 7422

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Mrs. Barbara Tighe, Counseling Secretary

Before joining the Counseling Department at WTHS, Mrs. Tighe was the administrative assistant at Oakview Elementary in West Deptford.  Her husband’s job took them to Austin, Texas, where she worked at the University of Texas in the Continuing Education Department.  However, her heart was in New Jersey and the family decided to make the move back east.  She feels right at home interacting with the students and staff in the WTHS Counseling Office.  Mrs. Tighe lives with her husband and two sons in West Deptford.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach, and being with family and friends.

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