Learning and Counseling
Lab recognizes and values that students learn in diverse ways. The Learning and Counseling team works with teachers to help Lab get to know your child.
We work with students to help them work to their greatest potential and to contribute to our learning community. We aid parents, teachers, and administrators in understanding the academic, developmental, and social/emotional dynamics impacting Lab children and families.
In partnership with faculty and administrators, the Learning and Counseling team provides a continuum of services that help students, with all learning styles and needs, maximize their potential, while making curriculum accessible and enriching the school experience for all students. The Learning and Counseling team serves the Lab community by:
- Working closely with individual and small groups of students, both inside and outside of classrooms, to help strengthen areas of learning challenge
- Collaborating with teachers to support the academic and social/emotional needs of students
- Promoting the health and wellness of students through in-class lessons, individual and small group meetings, and parent and student workshops
- Partnering with parents, teachers, and outside specialists to support student development and success
- Director of Student Services
- Learning Coordinators (N/K–grade 12)
- Academic Specialists (N/K–grade 5)
- Curriculum Support Teacher (grades 3–4)
- School Counselors (N/K–grade 12)
- College Counselors (grades 9–12)
- Testing Coordinator (grades 3–12)
The Director of Student Services coordinates Learning and Counseling services for students across all five schools to ensure their educational, emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs are optimally served. The Director of Student Services works closely with all administrators and faculty across Lab.
Contact the Director of Student Services for…
Learning and Counseling questions/concerns; Transition questions/concerns (between schools); Educational Leave of Absence; IEP/504 plan questions; School-sponsored assistance for outside services
Learning Coordinators assess and observe students, develop learning plans, and consult with teachers, counselors, academic specialists, administrators, parents, and students. Learning Coordinators help inform the Lab community about various learning styles, differentiated learning, and best practice interventions. As students transition from grade to grade, Learning Coordinators support them, their families and their teachers, to anticipate their needs and facilitate successful transitions.
Contact your Learning Coordinator for ….
Learning questions/concerns; learning support; staffing requests; referrals for tutoring and evaluations; in-class accommodations; testing accommodations
Academic Specialists provide support services to children and teachers in all areas of learning. They assess students’ academic progress, provide individual and small group instruction, co-teach, assist in differentiating instruction, and consult with parents and teachers to provide students with a quality educational experience.
Contact your Academic Specialist for…
Academic intervention and enrichment; learning goals
The Curriculum Support Teacher is a resource for grades three and four, responding to the needs of both teachers and students. She models full-class lessons, co-teaches and works with small groups of learners, providing general support as well as enrichment. The Curriculum Support Teacher helps design, plan and implement units and lessons in language arts, math and social studies.
Contact the Curriculum Support Teacher for…
Academic intervention and enrichment; learning goals
School Counselors support students socially and emotionally so that they may be successful academically. Counselors are available for individual or group meetings with students, parents, faculty, counselors, administration, and external student support resources.
Contact your School Counselor for…
Social/emotional learning and support; referrals for therapy/family counseling; family crisis support; developmental questions/concerns; course selection
College Counselors provide support and advocacy to students and parents throughout the entire college search and application process. They actively consult with faculty and administration regarding course offerings, student recommendations, college admission requirements, and student acceptance trends.
Contact your College Counselor for…
College exploration; College application process; financial aid application; scholarships; transcripts; course selection
The Testing Coordinator organizes the administration of standardized testing, which starts in the Lower School. The Testing Coordinator actively collaborates with faculty and the Learning Coordinators to ensure that students with approved accommodations are adequately supported throughout their testing experiences.
Contact the Testing Coordinator for…
Standardized testing dates and schedules; testing accommodations (standardized tests); score reports
- Managing your distress in the aftermath of a shooting (American Psychological Association)
- How to talk to children about difficult news (American Psychological Association)
- Talking to Children About Tragedies (American Academy of Pediatrics)
- Explaining the News to Our Kids (Common Sense Media)
- Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Childmind Institute)
- Helping Kids After a Shooting (American School Counselor Association)
- Helping Children Cope with Terrorism: Tips for Families and Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
- What Parents Should Know About Bullying (Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center)
- Creating A Safe and Caring Home (National School Climate Center)
- What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It (Edutopia)
- How to Talk About Bullying (stopbullying.gov)
- Talking to Kids When They Need Help (American Psychological Association)
- Bullying: A Module for Teachers (American Psychological Association)
- An Inventory of Bullying Resources (stopbullying.gov)
- The Bully-Free Classroom (Scholastic)
- 8 Steps to Combat the Bullying Epidemic (Edutopia)
- What is Identity-Based Bullying-and How Can I Stop It? (Edutopia)
- Doorways Into Activism (Edutopia)
Support for LGBT Students and Students with Disabilities
- Consideration for Specific Groups (stopbullying.gov)
Learning and Counseling Team Members
Director of Student Services: Nicole D. Neal
- Learning Coordinator:
- Academic Specialists:
Karen Andersen; Susan Olander; Kate Reynolds; Lydia Friedman-Siddique
- Counselors: Stacy Marienthal; Lauren Snelling; Kate Surmeier
- Learning Coordinator: Keren Faling
- Academic Specialists: Mandy Bunte; Kate Gorsky; Teresa Serangeli
- Curriculum Support Teacher: Jessie Zwaska
- Counselors: Cathy Gruber; Melissa Steger; Christine Sullivan
- Learning Coordinators: Meghan Gilbert; Maureen Schmidt
- Counselors: Sylvia Ashliman; Matt Landa; Lyneth Torres
- Learning Coordinators: Lesley Scott; Kevin Van Eron
- Counselors: Camille Baughn-Cunningham; Aria Choi; Tracy Graham; Ron Tunis
- College Counselors: Patty Kovacs; Abby Wagner; Melissa Warehall
- Testing Coordinator: Cecilia Mullon