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New Year, New Look Guidance Department at EHS!

As the 2019-20 school year begins, there has been a lot of change in the EHS Counseling Department. Now under the leadership of Dr. Karen Allen, let’s learn a bit more about the team! 

EHS Guidance Department   

Meet EHS Guidance Counselor Maeve DiPasquale:

Why did you want to become a guidance counselor? For the longest time, I wanted to be a canine police officer. It was my senior year of high school, and I had declared a criminal justice major at the university I would be attending in the fall. However, a month before graduation, I lost a close friend and teammate to suicide. In those following days, I realized I wanted to help people on a different level. The next week, I switched my major to psychology, and I never looked back. Now in my fifth year as a Ewing Public Schools School Counselor, I know I made the right career choice.

What are your goals for the upcoming school year? For this coming school year, I am hoping to be a part of the team that brings some rejuvenation to the Ewing High School Counseling Department. With so many new faces, the opportunity for collaborative, modern ideas and techniques is achievable. Overall, I am hoping for this department to create an atmosphere for students that supports them equally in all aspects of their lives. 

Meet EHS Guidance Counselor Joseph Bensky:

Why did you want to become a guidance counselor? I have two reasons for wanting to become a School Counselor. One of the reasons is because of my high School Counselor and baseball coach, who taught me, the way you do anything is the way you do everything. They made me realize in order to succeed it must come from within. They both motivated me to be a better student, person, and athlete. I realized how important educators are and the impact they can make. Secondly, as a freshman in college, it was a very difficult adjustment for me. I reached out to a counselor who helped me significantly. These three important people made such a big impact in my life that I wanted to help students who had difficulties.

What are your goals for the upcoming school year? To ensure my students know the guidance department and my office are safe places where they can be themselves and speak freely. Another goal of mine is to continue educating students on post-high school planning and scholarships. 

Meet EHS Guidance Counselor Jennifer Denard:

Why did you want to become a guidance counselor? After teaching for three years, I decided to transition into school counseling. My desire to work with students on a more personal level, both academically and personally, led me to this work.

What are your goals for the upcoming school year? As a new school counselor to Ewing High School, one of my goals for the 2019-20 school year is to meet with as many families and stakeholders as possible to gain a better understanding of the community in order to appropriately meet the needs of our students. Another goal is to develop new and strengthen existing partnerships with companies and institutions of higher learning for the betterment of our entire school community.

I am excited to join Ewing Public Schools and look forward to an amazing school year! 

Meet EHS Guidance Counselor/SAC Paige Haugland:

Why did you want to become a guidance counselor? Following graduation, I worked in the field of mental health and substance use treatment in a variety of settings from partial-hospitalization programs to outpatient school-based programs. While treating such issues, I began to see not only the benefit, but the necessity for early intervention. From there, I decided to change my specialization to school counseling in hopes to help teens in a crucial and confusing stage of life and pursue my passion in this work as well.

What are your goals for the upcoming school year? My first goal of the year is to foster positive relationships with students and their families, as well as, staff and the community as a whole. I want our students to know that my door is always open to provide guidance whether it be related to social/emotional issues, academic concerns and goals, career development, etc. I believe that everyone deserves happiness, peace, and success in their lives, and by providing the proper tools, I hope that I may assist our students in achieving this! 

EHS Guidance Counselor Meet Stephanie Lippincott:

Why did you want to become a guidance counselor? I decided that I wanted to become a School Counselor when I was in high school because of the impact that my counselor had on me. High school is an important time in the life of a student and I decided that I wanted to attempt to have the same influence that she had on me, on as many students as possible.

What are your goals for the upcoming school year? As a new counselor to Ewing High School this year, my goal is to jump in and experience as much as Ewing High has to offer! Coming from Antheil Elementary School, I am already familiar with the Ewing community, so I hope to make this year one of meeting and learning about as many high school students and community members as possible while discovering how I can make the most positive impact in the Ewing High Community.