Guidance

The Essex Technical High School Guidance faculty provide comprehensive, school-based services to all students with the goal of nurturing skills for students’ success during high school and beyond. Freshman students are assigned to a Grade 9 freshman counselor who assists them with their transition to a regional, career technical high school.  Grade 9 counselors also work closely with Grade 9 students to assess their career interests in preparation for participation in the Grade 9 Exploratory Program and the ensuing career technical program placement. These freshman counselors continue to work students throughout their ninth grade experience.  Beginning in Grade 10 and through Grade 12, students are assigned to an Academy-specific Guidance Counselor consistent with their career technical program.  

At all grade levels, students participate in academic and career guidance lessons delivered by guidance counselors throughout each year and students graduate having developed a Four-Year Career Plan with the support of the guidance counselors.  Students and their families may access information in their respective student’s Career Plan and explore career and college opportunities on their student’s Naviance/Family Connections account (link below).

All students have access to supportive interventions from guidance counselors and school adjustment counselors (contact information below) to address their developmental, social, and emotional needs. Collaboration with caregivers is also an essential component of our guidance model. Caregivers are encouraged to contact their student’s counselor as circumstances arise. Appointments with guidance and school adjustment counselors are welcome and can be scheduled by emailing or calling the counselor directly.

Guidance also sponsors the following parent information sessions annually:

Guidance Parent Sessions  School Year 2016-2017:

Freshmen Parent Orientation
College Fair
Senior Parent College Planning Night
Freshmen CTE Program Selection Parent Info Night
College Financial Aid Night
Sophomore & Junior Parent Night
August 23, 2016
October 5, 2016
October 5, 2016
November 9, 2016
T.B.D.
March 8, 2017

Scholarships

 

Students

Information about available scholarships is available in Naviance.  Contact your guidance counselor with questions about scholarships or college and career planning.

Community

If you or your organization are interested in offering a scholarship to Essex Technical High School students, please contact us at scholarships@essextech.net

Guidance Staff

NamePhotoPositionContact Information
Ms. Marian GarabedianGarabedianGuidance & Admissions Administrative Assistant mgarabedian@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 3312
Ms. Sandra GoldsteinGoldsteinGuidance & Admissions Director sgoldstein@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 3312
Ms. Casey O'Donnell O'DonnellGuidance Counselor, A-Academycodonnell@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 1108
Ms. Kristin DohertyDohertyGuidance Counselor, B-Academy kdoherty@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 2103
Ms. Julie Montague MontagueGuidance Counselor, D-Academy jmontague@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 4106
Mr. Jason Loring LoringGuidance Counselor, E-Academy jloring@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 5108
Ms. Michelle HardingGrade 9 Guidance Counselor, Academies A & Bmharding@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 2102
Mr. Daniel Connors ConnorsGrade 9 Guidance Counselor, Academies D & Edconnors@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 4105
Ms. Kelly MelloMelloAdmissions & Grade 9 Counselorkmello@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 1106
Ms. Ellen KlineKlineAdjustment Counselorekline@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 1005
Ms. Heather DentonDentonAdjustment Counselorhdenton@essextech.net
(978) 304-4700 ext. 5106

Sandra Goldstein, Guidance & Admissions Director

99445Sandra Goldstein joined the District in 2014 as the freshman guidance and admissions counselor. The following year, Ms. Goldstein was appointed to Director of Guidance and Admissions. Ms. Goldstein brings to the District a wealth of guidance experience.

Prior to joining Essex Tech, Ms. Goldstein served as a school adjustment and guidance counselor for Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School. Ms. Goldstein also served as her previous District’s curriculum and testing coordinator.
Ms. Goldstein earned a Bachelor Degree in Government from Colby College and a Master Degree in Social Work from Salem State University. Additionally, Ms. Goldstein holds several Massachusetts education certifications and licenses. Her professional memberships include the Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA), Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) where she was a Leadership Academy I graduate in 2012, North Shore Guidance Directors Association (NSGDA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and American School Counselor Association (ASCA).