Counseling Services

  • PHILOSOPHY

    Guidance services are an integral part of the school program. It is the philosophy of the Pemberton Township School District Guidance Department to provide comprehensive guidance and counseling services responding to the developmental needs of elementary, middle and high school students in the areas of personal & social growth, academic performance and post-secondary education/vocational planning.  The program also recognizes the unique qualities of each individual student and provides them with opportunities to acquire or improve competencies in the areas of school adjustment and achievement, career planning and exploration, decision making and knowledge of self and others.

     The Guidance Department is dedicated to creating a collaborative partnership with students, parents, teachers and administrators. The collaboration and mutual support of these groups is essential in the development of the educational process.  An effective counseling program is important to our school climate and a crucial element in improving student achievement and overall well-being.

    CONFIDENTIALITY STATEMENT

    As professional school guidance counselors, we will respect the rights of confidentiality of personal information disclosed during the course of conversation between ourselves and students except in the following cases: If the student presents danger to him or herself, if the student presents danger to others, if the student has been abused by others, if the student needs hospitalization or if required to do so by court order. We are bound by Federal and State law to break confidentiality in the above so mentioned situations and will do so to protect our students and to remain legally and ethically true to our profession.

Rita Jenkins, Assistant Director, Counseling & Health Services

  • Rita Jenkins Rita Jenkins was appointed Assistant Director of School Counseling/Health Services in 2016. Prior to that she served as the Supervisor of Guidance. A 26-year veteran of Pemberton Township Schools, she was an Elementary/Middle School Counselor for 13 years and an Elementary School Teacher for 10 years prior to that. Jenkins earned her MA in Counseling from Rider University, and her BA in Elementary Education from Duquesne University. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership from Thomas Edison State College.  

Contact Information

  • Rita Jenkins
    Assistant Director of School
    Counseling Services/Health Services
    609-893-8141, Ext. 1034
    email: rjenkins@pemb.org

    Susan Viscardi
    Secretary to the Assistant Director
    609-893-8141, Ext. 1033
    email: sviscardi@pemb.org


    Adelina Giannetti, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary and Special Services
    609-893-8141, ext. 1013
    email: agiannetti@pemb.org

    Katy Mount
    609-893-8141, ext. 1995
    email: kmount@pemb.org