The mission of the Newton North High School Counseling and Guidance Department is to support and enhance the educational process of all students by helping each student develop an accurate self image, take personal responsibility, and learn to make informed, healthy decisions. The Counseling and Guidance Program is developmental by design, focusing on needs, interests, and issues related to the various stages of student growth in three domains: personal/social,academic, and career/postsecondary planning.

Prevention and Intervention Resources

Counseling Personnel

Larry Allen

Meet Mr. Allen

Kyra Bateman Meet Ms. Bateman
Paula Diggs Meet Ms. Diggs
Jerry Etienne Meet Mr. Etienne
Matthew Ford Meet Mr. Ford
Donna Harper


Sarah Hoffman

Belma Johnson

Meet Ms. Johnson
Michele Kennedy Meet Ms. Kennedy
Alison Malkin Meet Ms. Malkin


Brad MacGowan

Elizabeth O'Brien

Christine Potter Meet Ms. Potter
Thomas Sheehan Meet Mr. Sheehan
Rachel Sturma Meet Ms. Sturma
Beth Swederskas - Department Chairperson Meet Ms. Swederskas
Amanda Griffin Meet Ms. Griffin
Darby Verre Meet Ms. Verre


Introducing the Counseling Department
Career & Tech Ed
Promotion Policy
Peer Mentor Program
Extracurricular Activities
Social and Emotional Development
Senior Capstones: Senior Year Project, SPARC & SIS
College and Career Counseling
Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices
Guidance Aide Program
Developmental Guidance Seminars


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College Planning

icon Navigating Through the College Application Process: Frequently Asked Questions (298.13 kB)
icon College search and application activities at NNHS: A four-year timeline (83.39 kB)

Junior Seminar Materials