Counselors will work in a collaborative approach to support the student learning process and promote academic achievement with consideration of student ability and learning style. Counselors will regularly monitor their students' courses and accumulation of credits to ensure that they are meeting the graduation requirements of Morristown High School and The NJ State Department of Education.
Meet Our Staff
Jennifer L. Giordano, Ed.D. (Director of Guidance) Welcome to the Staff Directory of the MHS Guidance Website.
I am the proud Director of this talented department. It is my sincere pleasure to work with such a dedicated and highly skilled group of professionals who care deeply about our students.
After completing my undergraduate and graduate studies at Vanderbilt University, I earned a Doctoral Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. I have been in the fields of education and counseling for more than 20 years and have been serving in the capacity of Director of Guidance & School Counseling programs for more than 12 of them. I love what I do! When I am not at MHS, I enjoy cooking, travelling, being active, and spending time with family and life-long friends. I adore everything about the fall season, most especially the joys and hopes attached to college applications, the richly colorful autumn foliage, and of course, the excitement and competition of SEC football….Go Dores!
Thank you for visiting our website and getting to know a little bit more about who we are and what we do.
Claudia Barrera (School Counselor) Hello, My name is Claudia Barrera and I have been working with adolescents for over ten years as a counselor and I love my job. In my personal life, I enjoy traveling, especially road trips, going to concerts, and I love to read in my downtime. One of my bucket list items is to learn to fly a plane. Sandra Caruso (School Counselor) I joined the Morristown High School Guidance Department in 2016. Prior to that I worked as a school counselor at Frelinghuysen Middle School since 2005. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University, followed by my M.S.Ed in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. I have been working with teens for over 17 years and considers myself fortunate to do the work that I love. I am fluent in Spanish and also works as the school’s Anti-bullying Specialist. Outside of work I thoroughly enjoy being active, getting lost in a good book and spending time with my husband and children. Ellen Cheikes (School Counselor) This is my 10th year at MHS and I’m looking forward to a great year! I enjoy being able to support our students in striving for their personal best. I was born and raised in Rockland County, New York and moved to NJ in 2004 for my first school counseling position at Ridge High School. I previously worked in admissions at a 2-year college. I attended the University of Delaware for my Bachelor’s degree and I earned Master’s degrees from West Chester University (School Counseling) and Rutgers University (Special Education). Outside of MHS, I enjoy spending my time outdoors. I love to hike, kayak and travel. My favorite place to hike is Sedona, Arizona. I also enjoy cooking, watching football and spending time with family and friends.
Karen Jones-Williams (Student Assistance Counselor/SAC) I earned my BA from Juniata College(Spanish/Education) and my MS from Columbia University (Social Work).I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker(LCSW) and am certified as a School Social Worker in the State of New Jersey. Since I arrived at the MHS, I have been involved with many English Language Learner students and their families, asI speak Spanish and have traveled and worked in various parts of Central and South America. Mrs Jones- Williams has also pursued extensive training in Substance Use Disorders and has served in the role of Student Assistance Counselor here at MHS for a number of years. She is a participant on several MHS standing committees including, Core Team, the School Safety Team, and the Crisis Team. Mrs Jones Williams is married and has 4 adult children whom she loves spending time with. In her free time, she enjoys reading, road biking, swimming, zumba, walking in the outdoors, and visiting museums. She is an avid collector of artifacts and art that she discovers in the course of her travels.
Kristina Kenny (School Counselor) I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a certification in secondary education from the College of Saint Elizabeth. For six years,
I taught Spanish at the middle school level. After earning a Master of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University, I began working as a school counselor at Morristown High School. I completed additional post-graduate work through Rutgers University and I am currently working towards a Doctor of Arts & Letters (D.Litt) at Drew University. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, and listening to music.
Craig Matthews (School Counselor) After completing my undergraduate studies at Dutchess Community College (A.S. Exercise, Science, and Wellness) and Binghamton University (B.A. Psychology), I attended Fordham University to receive my MSEd in School Counseling to pursue my passion for helping younger generations explore their post-secondary interests and build the skills necessary to find success in their future endeavors. In addition to my career, I enjoy exercising, hiking, extreme sports, reading, watching movies, working on and researching cars, and, of course, spending plenty of time with my family. Susan Mele (Student Assistance Counselor/SAC) I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Montclair State College (Physical Education and Health) and a Master’s from New York University. (Social Work) I am a Licensed Cli nical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Drug/Alcohol Counselor (LCADC), and certified as a School Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. I have worked in a variety of settings including: public school systems, hospitals, on a residential and outpatient basis, correctional and recreational facilities. I love photography, going to the beach, traveling, and attending sporting events, especially when it involves my children. I am married and have a daughter and 2 sons. Robert Miller (School Counselor) Hi, I am Robert Miller, College and Career Counselor at MHS. I began here in 2007, and particularly love working with students and families through the college application process. I graduated from Penn State and went on to obtain my Master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania. While not working, I enjoy spending time at the shore with my wife and son. I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan, and am happy to talk sports with anyone, anytime. (as long as you are an Eagles fan) Michael Norton (School Counselor) My name is Michael Norton, and I have been working in education for over ten years. I started my career as a history teacher in the city of Chicago and eventually made the shift to counseling after seeing a need for more comprehensive services for my students. A native Ohioan, I am a graduate of THE Ohio State University and a huge Buckeye sports fan. I feel privileged to work with such outstanding students and staff at MHS, and I'm proud to be part of this diverse and innovative community. Cherie Strieff (School Counselor) I’ve been working at MHS since the fall of 2006. My background includes counseling and social work but I always knew that I wanted to work at a high school with teenagers. For college, I attended SUNY in Upstate NY and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Upon completion of my degree, I moved to the great state of California and attended graduate school is San Francisco, earning my Master’s Degree in Counseling. In my free time I love the outdoors, especially hiking, biking and being at the beach. Monica Tate-Melendez (School Counselor) Born and raised in New Jersey, I have called many parts of the state my home. After graduating from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology I interned at the National Museum of the American Indian. My route to education is not traditional as I worked for a software company in New York City for five years before returning to earn my Master’s in Counseling from Montclair State University. Prior to arriving at MHS, I worked seven years in education as an Aide in a Special Needs school and as a School Counselor. I enjoy spending time with my family, visiting museums, trying new foods, and a road trip to a different US city. Even though I have visited Europe, Latin America, two places I have always wanted to visit is Hawaii and New Zealand. Karen Wolf (School Counselor) My name is Karen Wolf and 2017/18 is my first year at MHS. My family and I moved here from Long Island, New York, where I was a college counselor. I attended Binghamton University as an undergraduate and I have graduate degrees from RPI and Hofstra University. I enjoy reading fiction, historical fiction, and mysteries, watching science fiction shows and HGTV. I have a husband who teaches physics and two adult daughters.
On Tuesday, October 10th, Morristown High School had the pleasure of hosting the University of Georgia for its regional program, " An Evening with UGA". The event drew more than 100 interested applicants and their families from all around NJ and southwestern NY state to our beautiful Learning Commons, where Kelly Bird, Sr. Asst. Director of Admissions brought UGA to life. She shared insights about the university and its abundantly diverse programming, details on how to apply to become a "bulldog", as well as fun facts about the cool and ever-intriguing college town of Athens, Georgia. MHS was thrilled to be a part of this important event. Determining which college/university is the"right fit" is often a complex process for students, therefore we hope that programs such as this provide students with a bit of clarity to help them make the the very best, post-secondary choice.
College Fair 9/29
MHS' first of two College Fairs took place on Friday, 9/29. Over 65 school were represented and all juniors and seniors had an opportunity to attend, visit with representatives, and explore options for their post-secondary plans. It was a wonderful experience for all and we are eagerly looking forward to our next College Fair scheduled for Friday, October 27th.
Phone: 973-292-2000 x2130Fax: 973-292-2129
Please see attached for a free program at the College of Saint Elizabeth on October 26th during the day.
The keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges, located in Washington D.C. He will be discussing how the independent higher education community in New Jersey makes an impact on Students – Community – State. The second part will be a panel discussion with the following college presidents:
- Dr. Nancy Blattner, Caldwell University
- Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, Saint Peter’s University
- Dr. Mary Meehan, (Interim President) Seton Hall University
- Dr. Nariman Farvardin, Stevens Institute of Technology
The event begins with registration and continental breakfast at 8:45 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. in Annunciation Center and there is no cost to attend.