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As part of a Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory school, the Guidance & College Counseling department concerns itself with the individual care and development of our students. The major goals of the department are academic and personal counseling. We seek to assist students in making decisions that affect their education and to implement programs that will enable them to reach their full potential. Counselors offer academic counseling that deals with the student’s practical needs: study skills, student/teacher relationships, course selection, peer relationships, career information, testing, and college selection. The goals are achieved through individual meetings and a comprehensive group guidance curriculum across four years.
Prep’s guidance program is an integral part of the overall educational program. Like an academic course, group guidance is a scheduled class that every student takes throughout his four years. Students meet with their counselor once every cycle. At every grade level, the curriculum is structured, developmental and flexible, enabling the counselors to effectively address the students’ various needs.
Also, a number of evening workshops and other programs are offered to students and their parents on the various aspects of the college admission process.
We provide personal counseling on a short-term basis to enhance a student’s knowledge and acceptance of self, as well as to support him in understanding issues and solving problems. The department provides referrals for students and families to outside counseling agencies if the need for more lengthy or specialized services arises.
Counselors maintain the confidentiality of their relationships with students. Counselors are obliged not to disclose information that a student has shared within the context of the counseling relationship, unless such disclosures are necessary to protect the student from posing a serious threat to himself or to others.
|Mr. Joe Giglio, ’87 (Director of Guidance & College Counseling)||GiglioJ@spprep.org||201-547-2304||Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor|
|Ms. Mary Durante (Director of Student Services)||DuranteM@spprep.org||201-547-6462||Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor|
|Ms. Christine Davis (Director of the Browning Center)||DavisC@spprep.org||201-547-6467||Learning Specialist|
|Ms. Belkise Dallam||DallamB@spprep.org||201-547-6478||Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor|
|Mr. James Dondero, ’66||DonderoJ@spprep.org||201-547-6383||Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor|
|Ms. Sarah Morissette||MorissetteS@spprep.org||201-547-6435||Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor|
|Ms. Grace Morris||MorrisM@spprep.org||201-547-6381||Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor|
|Fr. John Mullin, S.J.||MullinJ@spprep.org||201-547-6454||Freshman Counselor|
|Ms. Jessica Nordstrom||NordstromJ@spprep.org||201-547-6391||Freshman Counselor|
|Ms. Robin Walters||WaltersR@spprep.org||201-547-6386||Freshman Counselor|
|Mrs. Janice Martineau||MartineauJ@spprep.org||201-547-6380||Office Manager/Administrative Assistant|
Mr. Joe Giglio, ’87
|Giuseppe “Joe” Giglio, ’87 is excited to be at his alma mater, serving the Prep community as Director of Guidance & College Counseling. Mr. Giglio credits the late Fr. Ray Balduf, S.J. with developing his lifelong interest in college admission and counseling.
Mr. Giglio previously served as Executive Director of Admission and Enrollment Marketing at St. Peter’s College (now Saint Peter’s University).
Mr. Giglio had a 19 year career in college admission. He has been on the Admission team at Fordham University and Stevens Institute of Technology. He served a term as chair of the Council of Jesuit Admission Directors (CJAD) and is an active participant in regional and national professional organizations. Joe “got his start” as the student body elected representative on the Admission Committee at the College of the Holy Cross (MA).
A Hudson County native, Mr. Giglio resides in Maplewood with his wife and young son, who, since the age of three, can sing all the verses of “Pride & Glory” as well as the Prep fight song.
|Ms. Mary Durante
Director of Student Services
DuranteM@spprep.org | 201-547-6462
|Mary Durante was a College Counselor in Prep’s Guidance Department from 2005 to 2008. She is happy to return to Guidance after a seven-year tenure as Vice Principal for Academics. Mary will counsel sophomores, juniors, and seniors. She will also serve as Director of Student Services, overseeing the school’s support programs for students with specific academic or health needs.
Mary is a graduate of Fordham University, with degrees from Thomas More College, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Law. Prior to coming to Prep, she taught middle and high school students in New York City, worked for the British Open University, practiced law, and served as Director of Guidance and Curriculum at Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi. Mary has two adult children who navigated the college search process successfully and, for the most part, happily. They taught her that not every parent-child communication in junior year need be about applying to college, and that a distance of 3000 miles between college and home does not weaken the bonds between parent and child.
Ms. Belkise Dallam
DallamB@spprep.org | 201-547-6478
Belkise Dallam is a graduate of LeMoyne College where she recieved a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/Theater and Fordham University where she recieved her M.S.Ed in Counseling and Personel Services.She was the founding College Counselor at Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem. She later moved with her family to New Jersey where she worked as the Financial Aid Coordinator of the Educational Opportunity Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Metropolitan Campus). In addition to counseling, Belkise serves as Director of Diversity and Inclusion. She currently lives in Bergen County with her husband, her two daughters , her son, and their dog, Snoopy.
Mr. Jim Dondero, ’66, P’00
DonderoJ@spprep.org | 201-547-6383
|Jim Dondero, ’66 received his Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Services at Montclair State University in 1975 and holds a BS in Mathematics from Saint Peter’s University. In his 28th year as a counselor, he has been in education for 39 years, 11 of which he spent teaching Math and Computer Science. He returned to Prep in 1988 and has served as Director of Guidance and as a teacher of Precalculus and AP Statistics. He has also served at the College Board Testing Director for 28 years. Mr. Dondero also taught at Dickinson HS, Saint Joseph of the Palisades, Oak Knoll School and worked for 4 years as a programmer analyst at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and Caswell Massey, Ltd. He is also an adjunct professor of mathematics at Saint Peter’s University.
Ms. Sarah Morissette
email@example.com | 201-547-6435
|Sarah Morissette is dedicated to providing guidance to students as they navigate complex issues such as academic planning and preparing for college. Sarah is a member of the American School Counselor Association and NACAC, she holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and School Counseling for grades K-12. She is passionate about helping students who are transitioning to a new phase in their academic careers. One of Sarah’s more valuable assets is her professional experience in college admissions. A former admissions counselor at Paul Smith’s College and Saint Peter’s University, she understands the college application process from the perspective of a college admissions officer. An unique position of offering meaningful, practical advice for Prep students and families.
Sarah received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Saint Joseph’s University and her Master’s degree from West Chester University. When Sarah is not working with her Prep families, she enjoys travel, listening to music, and spending time with her husband.
Ms. Grace Morris
firstname.lastname@example.org | 201-547-6381
|M. Grace Morris joined the Prep Guidance Department in 2011 as a Freshman/Sophomore level Counselor. Prior to joining The Prep Faculty, she worked as a School Counselor at Immaculate Conception High School, Marist High School and Bishop George Ahr High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut, followed by her Masters degree from Seton Hall University.