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Welcome to the Woodbury School Counseling page! Our school counselors offer a comprehensive school counseling program to all students at Woodbury School. Middle school is an exciting time to say the least, which brings about change and sometimes challenges for students and families. We are a resource for students, parents, and teachers and we invite you to contact us at anytime.
Where Are We Located?
We are located in the sixth grade wing. If heading to our office from the Main Office, head towards the sixth grade wing and descend down the set of stairs. We are the first door on the right after the library. Mrs. Palardy, our administrative assistant, will greet you as you enter our office.
How to Make an Appointment
Students may ask their teachers for a pass to the school counseling office to make an appointment with Mrs. Palardy during the school day. On the day of your appointment, you will receive a pass during first period class. Make sure to look at the time on the pass! When it is time to leave class, just ask your teacher to leave and you can head straight to our office. Parents may also call or contact any one of us if questions arise regarding their child's emotional well-being or academic status.
What Does a School Counselor Do?
We see students individually, conduct a variety of groups - sometimes for specific subjects (social issues, changing families, academics), and we consult with families, teachers and community liaisons. Counselors teach classes in every grade level, such as Adventure Based Education (select this tab for more information), Careers, Signs of Suicide, and Healthy Relationships. We coordinate world language placement (French and Spanish) and algebra placement for our seventh and eighth graders respectively. Counselors also work with students to help make the transition to middle school easier by visiting fifth grade classrooms every spring and participating in various events at the elementary school level.
Grade 6 School Counselor
Meet Liz, our sixth grade school counselor. Liz originally started her career in Salem at the high school as a freshman counselor, but quickly shifted to the middle school level where she found her calling. Her first passion, however, was arts and crafts, and she still enjoys painting and crafting in her spare time. You can spot her at many school dances drawing caricatures. She also has a love for dance and is involved in competition tap and jazz classes. She has a husband, two daughters (9 and 8), two cats, and a tortoise. Stop by her office anytime to say "Hi!" She always welcomes a good joke or funny story.
Grade 8 School Counselor
Meet Christen, our eighth grade school counselor. As the longest standing counselor at Woodbury for the past 20 years, Salem is her home away from home! Christen enjoys going on vacation with her husband whom she met back in college at St. Anselm's and spending time with her four children. Feel free to reach out to her anytime!
School Counseling Administrative Assistant
Meet Betsy, our school counseling department's Administrative Assistant. She is the first friendly face you will see when you enter into our department. She helps guide parents through the school registration process, troubleshooting issues on Infinite Campus, and connecting them with their child's counselor. She also helps students set up appointments to see their counselor. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially on the lake, and spoiling her dog, Humphrey.
Center for Life Management School Counselor
Meet Leah, our school counselor who helps with all grade level students. Leah is a professional mental health therapist who hails from Center for Life Management located here in Salem and in Derry. A very talented former Woodbury and Salem High School student, she is a soft spoken lady with the brightest, warmest smile. She and her fiance have a beautiful striped-orange tabby cat named Toby, but he is more like a dog weighing in at 18 lbs! Leah is in our department on Wednesdays and Fridays. Stop by anytime to see pictures of Toby and to say "Hi!"
Home-Based School Counselor
Meet Sue! Sue is our resident home-based school counselor supporting select students and their families in all grade levels. A true asset, she brings 23 years of dedication and expertise to our counseling department. Sue lives with her husband (who retired from the Salem School District after 40 years spent here) where they spend time doing all things outdoors. They have two sons, two cats, and a dog. We hope that her husband doesn't wear retirement too well - we are not ready to let her go just yet!
Grade 7 School Counselor
Meet Jay, our newest member of the Woodbury Counseling team. With 20 plus years in education, Jay began his career as a teacher in New Haven, Connecticut and moved to NH and continued teaching at the middle school level in Nashua. Pivoting to the role of a school counselor, Jay brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the department. Outside of school, Jay runs the Flag Football POWER club and is the head wrestling coach at Londonderry High School. When not at work or play, you can find him at home with his wife, whom is also a teacher in the Salem School District, and his two daughters, age 10 and six.