March 18, 2020
Dear Students and Parents:
As we navigate through these unprecedented and unchartered waters, I would like to take a few moments to reassure all of you that the counseling staff remains available to assist you in any way we can. Counselors at the middle and high school will be available online between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. They will respond to your emails as quickly as possible. Additionally, you may call and leave a message on the guidance office or counselor’s voicemail. Phones have been set up to send your voice messages to the appropriate email.
Over the coming days, the guidance website will be updated to allow students to continue with the 2020-21 course selection process. Students who have already submitted a course request form to their counselor do not need to complete another form; the original has already been recorded. Additional information will be added to our website as it becomes available to keep you updated on issues such as state testing, SAT/ACT/AP Exams, and other academic matters.
As always, please feel free to reach out to any of us if we can be of help to you in any way. Together we will get through this difficult time.
Mary Elizabeth Esch
Supervisor of Guidance Services
WELCOME TO THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
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 is an experienced school counselor since 2004, and is proudly serving her second year here at Lacey Township High School. 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 will be going the Lacey Township High School Guidance Department in January 2018, replacing Mr. David Rivera. 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 my 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.
Mrs. Barbra DeChiaro
Mrs. Barbara DeChiaro has been a school counselor at Lacey Township High School since 1998. Mrs. DeChairo feels that adolescence is a time of rapid change and growth for all teenagers. It also presents many challenges for today’s youth. She feels her role as a school counselor encompasses not only academic planning but also personal growth. She enjoys working with her students and helping them take the necessary steps needed to achieve their full potential as future adults. Mrs. DeChiaro graduated from Caldwell College with a degree in biology and obtained a master’s degree from Georgian Court College. Mrs. DeChiaro also holds a New Jersey certification in student personnel services.
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 student, 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
Ms. Elyse Winkle is a committed and enthusiastic School Counselor who previously served 5 years at Lanoka Harbor Elementary School. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Montclair State University followed by a Masters of Education with a school counseling certification from Georgian Court University. Ms. Winkle also holds certifications as a Student Assistance Counselor, 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.
High School Student Assistant Coordinator
Mr. Thomas Faulkner
Mr. Faulkner returns to Lacey High School after serving at the Mill Pond School for the last two years. He graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor Degree in Education as well as a Masters Degree in Counselor Education. He also holds certifications as a Student Assistance Coordinator, Mental Health Screener through the NJ Department of Human services, and a NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. He is also a member of the Lacey Township Municipal Alliance, the Lacey Township Task Force and the Ocean County Emergency Response Committee. A firm believer in encouraging a student to be involved in clubs and activities, Mr. Faulkner is Lacey H.S. Head Softball Coach and also assists with the high school’s Fishing Club and AADA.
Lacey Township Middle School Counselors
Watson "Mike" Heilala
Bio coming soon.
Mrs. Loren Heuschkel
Bio coming soon.