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

Who should you contact?

The Learning and Counseling team provides a variety of services to meet the needs of our students and families.

Director of Student Services

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 (N/K–grade 12)

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 (N/K–grade 5)

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

Curriculum Support Teacher (grades 3–4)

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 (N/K–grade 12)

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 (grades 9–12)

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

Testing Coordinator (grades 3–12)

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


Addressing Crises, Tragedies, Major News Events


For Parents

For Teachers

Support for LGBT Students and Students with Disabilities

Suicide Prevention

Learning and Counseling Team Members

Director of Student Services: Nicole D. Neal


  • Learning Coordinator:
    Foley Burckardt
  • Academic Specialists:
    Karen Andersen; Susan Olander; Kate Reynolds; Lydia Friedman-Siddique
  • Counselors: Stacy Marienthal; Lauren Snelling; Kate Surmeier

Lower School

  • Learning Coordinator: Keren Faling
  • Academic Specialists: Mandy Bunte; Kate Gorsky; Teresa Serangeli
  • Curriculum Support Teacher: Jessie Zwaska
  • Counselors: Cathy Gruber; Melissa Steger; Christine Sullivan

Middle School

  • Learning Coordinators: Meghan Gilbert; Maureen Schmidt
  • Counselors: Sylvia Ashliman; Matt Landa; Lyneth Torres

High School

  • 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