WELCOME TO THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
Dr. Leah Purpuri, Supervisor of Guidance
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The Guidance and School Counseling office at Lacey Township High School extends a warm welcome to students, parents, and guardians. Guidance services are an integral part of the high school’s total educational program. Each student is an individual with unique goals, experiences, problems, abilities and resources. The department is designed to help students develop positive self-concepts, effective decision-making skills, and a sense of responsibility for their actions. Counselors work with the individual and their families, as well as with groups. All counselors assist with academic planning, the college admissions process, vocational planning, career planning, and personal concerns.
Lacey Township High School Counselors
Mrs. Stephanie Cook
Mrs. Stephanie Cook has been an experienced school counselor since 2004. Her academic resume includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Dickinson College, as well as a Masters of Education and an Education Specialist Degree from James Madison University. As a resident of Lacey, she is thrilled to be working in her own community. Mrs. Cook’s primary goal as your child’s school counselor is to promote their academic, personal, and social development. Helping students feel secure personally and emotionally enables her to work with them to set meaningful academic goals.
Mrs. Nicole Cruz
Mrs.Nicole Cruz joined the Lacey Township High School Guidance Department in January 2018. Mrs. Cruz graduated from Georgian Court University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and went on to obtain her Masters in Education with a Certificate in School Counseling. She is very excited to work in this wonderful school district to prepare the next generation to be productive citizens of society. As a School Counselor, Mrs. Cruz feels her primary role is to promote academic, personal, and social/emotional development of all students. She will be meeting with students individually and in small groups throughout the year. Another aspect of her job will be collaborating with teachers, administrators, staff, families, and stakeholders to ensure LTHS is fostering an encouraging, safe, and effective learning community for our students.Ms. Carly Londrigan
609-971-2020, 2013Ms. Londrigan has been a school counselor since 2006. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and taught for 8 years before receiving her Masters in School Counseling from Monmouth University. She has worked with students in grades 7 -12 for the past 24 years. As a School Counselor, Ms. Londrigan believes in working closely with students, parents, teachers, and administration to help each student grow into the best version of themselves.
Mrs. Stephanie Law
Mrs. Stephanie Law joined the Lacey Township School Counseling Department in 2018. She loves working with students and hopes to help them become the best versions of themselves during their time at Lacey. Mrs. Law graduated from Rutgers University where she was a student athlete. Mrs. Law played Lacrosse while earning her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and minoring in Education. She continued on to achieve her Masters degree in School Counseling from Monmouth University. Her passion as a school counselor is to work alongside the students, family, teachers, and administrators to help provide a successful learning experience at Lacey Township High School and beyond. Mrs. Law feels that students have such bright futures, and she wants to help them find their path to success.
Mrs. Margaret Rand
Mrs. Margaret Rand welcomes you to the Lacey Township High School Guidance Department! Mrs. Rand feels privileged to be a school counselor here, working with families to promote the academic and personal success of all students. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Rowan University and a Master’s degree from Monmouth University with certifications as a School Counselor and Supervisor. Though her career began in the corporate world, Mrs. Rand quickly found her true passion is supporting others in their journey to success. Helping others to maximize their potential and opportunities is far more rewarding to her than producing a bottom line. Mrs. Rand has many years of experience as a classroom teacher at the elementary and middle school levels and all of these varied experiences have provided her with a strong foundation and background to provide comprehensive school counseling services to students and families.
Ms. Elyse Winkle (SAC)
Ms. Elyse Winkle is a committed and enthusiastic Student Assistance Coordinator who previously served as a school counselor in the district for the last 11 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University followed by a Masters of Education with a school counseling certificate from Georgian Court University. Ms. Winkle also holds certifications as a Supervisor and Director of Guidance. As a lifelong learner, Ms. Winkle aims to positively motivate, guide, and counsel students through focusing on each individual students’ needs throughout their high school experience.
Mrs. Danielle Spinuzza
Mrs. Spinuzza joined the Lacey Township High School Counseling Department in September of 2021. Mrs. Spinuzza is invested in supporting all students' social, emotional, and academic development. Mrs. Spinuzza graduated from Chestnut Hill College, where she was a student athlete. Mrs. Spinuzza received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She then continued her education at Wilmington University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling. Mrs. Spinuzza is extremely excited to be a part of Lacey Township High School’s Counseling Department and looks forward to supporting all students and their families during their time at Lacey Township High School.
Mrs. Stephanie Farnkopf
Mrs. Stephanie Farnkopf joined LTHS in December 2021 as the Career and College Counselor. Stephanie’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management, a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling and a School Counseling K-12 certification for the state of NJ. While working in NYC, Stephanie was a Human Resources Coordinator, and then an Academic Advisor at NYU, which set her on a path into the field of education. Stephanie has since interned and worked for various colleges, including Monmouth University, Georgian Court University, American University, Ocean County College and Brookdale Community College, focusing on the areas of career services, alumni relations, new student orientation, admissions and counseling. Amazing as these experiences were, Stephanie felt like she wanted to reach students earlier in their education and decided to go back to school for her School Counseling certification, which led her to her role at LTHS. Stephanie is excited and eager to support and guide students during their time at LTHS and into their bright futures.
Colleges that Change Lives
CTCL (Colleges That Change Lives, Inc) was founded as a result of a book of the same name—Colleges That Change Lives, researched and written by retiredNew York Times education editor, journalist, and longtime student advocate Loren Pope. Mr. Pope selected the colleges featured in his first book long before the CTCL non-profit organization was formed. Member schools have never paid any fees to Mr. Pope or his publisher to be included in his books: the selections were solely based on the independent judgment and recognized expertise of Mr. Pope himself.
NJ Schools & Universities
Few states have as high a concentration of colleges and universities as the state of New Jersey. This is both a consequence of New Jersey’s long and historic past as a colony and then a state, and its high population density. New Jersey ranks first in the nation for population density, with over 8 million individuals calling the relatively small Northeastern state home, the “Liberty and Prosperity” state attracts both the best and the brightest that this nation offers, while providing a copious amount of educational options for in-state students as well. Prospective students who are interested in New Jersey schools will be met with a wide variety of public and private schools, as well as many religious-based schools and several technical schools for career-ready students.
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