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LMK Guidance Department

Beliefs, Philosophy & Mission Statement

Welcome to the Louis M. Klein Middle School Guidance Department. We are excited to assist in the educational, social, and emotional development of your child throughout his or her middle school years. We are committed to the district's mission of equity, access, rigor and adaptability for all.

Each student is assigned a school counselor when he/she enters the middle school. That counselor remains with your child as they move through grades 6, 7, and 8. This assures continuity of services and enables the counselor to establish a personal relationship with each student and their family. Additionally, this supports students as they make the transition to high school.

School counselors work at several levels of responsibility, serving as a resource to individual students, teachers, parents and guardians, and the school as a whole. A counselor is an advisor, a teacher, a problem solver, a listener, and a primary liaison who works with students and their families. Guidance services are provided to students indirectly through consultation with school staff, or directly to students in classrooms, groups, and individually. Counselors also work collaboratively with parents, teachers, and administrators in team meetings, at parent-teacher conferences, and in conjunction with other support services.

It is the mission of our guidance department to help each student proactively maximize his or her personal, social, and academic potential through our programs, group, and individual work with students. We assist each student in navigating his/her way through the middle school experience in a lead up to the transition to high school and beyond.

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).

Please feel free to contact us at any time concerning your son or daughter.
 

Kelly Malczewski
Director of Guidance, 6-12

Ms. Kelly 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.  For the past two summers, she has served as Harrison High School's summer school principal, creating a successful and positive learning experience. 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

Lisa Cannistraci
Grade 7, LMK

Ms. Cannistraci received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Fordham University where she later received her Master's degree in counseling and personnel services. She began her career working as a high school counselor at Clarkstown South High School in Rockland County. After Clarkstown, she felt drawn to middle school counseling and joined LMK's Counseling Department in the Fall of 2008. Ms. Cannistraci often says, "Hard work is easy when you love what you do, and I absolutely love what I do!" She truly prides herself on her professionalism and genuine approachability and is a valued member of the guidance team. When Ms. Cannistraci is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her two dogs, traveling, especially to any Disney destination, and spending time with her friends and family.

(914) 630-3055
cannistracil@harrisoncsd.org

 

Mark DiMondo
Grade 6, LMK

Mr. DiMondo was born and raised in New Rochelle, where he lived most of his life. He now resides in Stamford, CT with his wife Kimberly. He earned a Master's degree in school counseling at the College of New Rochelle. He has worked in the Harrison Central School District since 2001, beginning as a mathematics teacher and then becoming a school counselor in 2007. Mr. DiMondo's goal is to create an atmosphere of open and honest dialogue that allows students to feel safe and express his/her feelings. Also, he wants all students to feel comfortable discussing anything, whether it's an academic goal, social issue, and/or career aspiration. Outside of school, he enjoys playing sports, watching reality television and spending time with family and friends.

(914) 630-3056
dimondom@harrisoncsd.org

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Kristin Kearney
Grade 8, LMK

Ms. Kristin Kearney received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish culture and language from Loyola University Maryland and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Hofstra University. She began her career working as a counselor in higher education and then as a counselor at schools on Long Island. Ms. Kearney truly values building trusting relationships and collaborating with students and their parents/guardians, while simultaneously serving as a liaison to teachers, administrators, and school support staff. In her free time, Ms. Kearney enjoys traveling, bike riding, practicing yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

(914) 630-3054
kearneyk@harrisoncsd.org

Joann Scahs
Guidance Department Secretary, LMK
 

(914) 630-3057
sachsj@harrisoncsd.org