HHS Guidance

HHS Guidance Department

Beliefs, Philosophy & Mission Statement

Welcome to the Harrison High School Guidance Department. We are excited to assist in the educational, social, emotional, college, and career development of your child throughout his or her high school years. 

We believe that each student is an important, valued, developing, capable, and unique individual who will learn from experience and grow personally and educationally throughout adolescence. We are committed to the district's mission of equity, access, rigor and adaptability for all. All students' differences, strengths and special needs are considered in planning and implementing our school counseling program.

Our program reflects an integrated approach to helping students' individual and developmental needs. We believe helping students to understand themselves will assist them in making sound decisions and plans today and in their future.

Our specific services are delivered through individual and group counseling. We ensure students have opportunities to engage in academic advisement and multi-year planning, college and career advisement and social/personal development. We believe and make every effort to engage parents actively in the high school experience. It is our goal to ensure that every student "gets ready for, gets in, and gets through college and beyond."

We encourage you to partner with us so that each student is best served. Please do not hesitate to contact us for support and guidance or to call on us to act as a liaison between home and school.

In our work as school counselors we strive to better our program and welcome feedback from our students, parents, and colleagues. We are aligned with the ethical guidelines and standards of the American School Counselor Association (www.schoolcounselor.org).

Kelly Malczewski
Director of Guidance, 6-12

Ms. Malczewski is well regarded by students, faculty, and parents of Harrison High School. As an expert teacher of Mathematics, she helped diverse learners to earn Regents credit and fulfill graduation requirements.  She has been instrumental in the high school's co-teaching initiative.  Ms. Malczewski has also served on the NYS Council for Exceptional Children high schools' Data Team to analyze student performance metrics, monitor student progress toward graduation, and narrow the achievement gap. She holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration and Supervision at the Bank Street College Future School Leader Academy.  In addition, she has earned a Master of Professional Studies degree in Special Education from Manhattanville College and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from St. John Fisher College in Mathematics and Adolescent Education.

(914) 630-3092
malczewskik@harrisoncsd.org
 

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Lauren Ciallella
Guidance Counselor, HHS
 

Ms. Ciallella holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Villanova University and a master's degree in school counseling from the College of Saint Rose.  For the past five years, Ms. Ciallella worked at EF Academy, an International Baccalaureate high school in Thornwood, in school counselor and college counselor roles.  For the past two years, Ms. Ciallella served as the Director of College Advising for the EF Academy. She also previously served as a school counselor in the Cohoes City School District near Albany for three years.
 

(914) 630-3103
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Kira DiFalco
Guidance Counselor, HHS


Mrs. Kira DiFalco received her Bachelor's degree in organizational, communication, learning and design from Ithaca College and her Master's degree in school counseling from Lehman College. Prior to joining the Harrison High School team she was a College Advisor at Lincoln High School in Yonkers.
 

(914) 630-3105
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Shari Heyen
Guidance Counselor, HHS
 

Ms. Heyen received her Master's degree in guidance and counseling from New York University. Prior to joining the Harrison team, she worked in the Greenburgh Central 7, Freeport, and New York City Public School districts. Ms. Heyen is passionate about supporting her students every day at school and being with her family every day.
 

(914) 630-3106
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Renee Katzenberg
Guidance Counselor, HHS
 

Mrs. Katzenberg received a Bachelor's degree in Social Science from Binghamton University and a Master's degree in counseling and guidance from New York University. Prior to joining the Harrison team, she worked for four years as a College Guidance Counselor at Midwood High School at Brooklyn College.
 

(914) 630-3107
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Kristy Grammas
Guidance Counselor, HHS (Currently on Leave)
 

Mrs. Grammas received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from St. Francis College, and her Master's degree in education and counseling from New York Institute of Technology.  Prior to joining the Harrison team, she worked with the Commack High School's Guidance team on Long Island.
 


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Laurie Scinicariello
Guidance Counselor, HHS
 

Ms. Scinicariello served as a long-term substitute HHS school counselor in 2017-18. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in psychology and elementary education from the State University of New York at Geneseo.  She also holds a master's dgree in counseling and psychology from Boston College.  <s. Scinicariello most recently completed an internship as a school counselor at North Salem Middle/High School and a leave replacement role as a school counselor in the Somers Central School District.
 

(914) 630-3104
scinicariellol@harrisoncsd.org

Cindy Sue Kuen Leong
Guidance Counselor, HHS
 

Ms. Leong received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Pennsylvania State University at University Park and two Master's degrees in education and counseling psychology from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Harrison team, she worked as a counselor for a school district in New Jersey.
 

(914) 630-3348
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Joanne Lederer
Guidance Department Secretary, HHS
 

(914) 630-3101
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Victoria Battaglia
Director of Guidance Secretary, HHS
 

(914) 630-3345
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Jacqueline DeGrazia
IB Diploma Programme/ Guidance Secretary, HHS
 

(914) 630-3098
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Lisa DiTomasso

 

(914) 630-3099
ditomassol@harrisoncsd.org


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