North Shore Counseling Department

Discovering Your Dreams

Greetings From The New Counseling Director

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp, cool evenings, the colorful leaves and the apples. Yet, what I love most of all is the beginning of a new school year. I enjoy the excitement of the first day of school, welcoming new families and the promise that each new school year holds. This year, I am especially excited to be joining the North Shore school community where educational excellence and student social/emotional growth are priorities.

I began my career 24 years ago in a small rural school district in upstate New York where most of my students were the first in their family to attend college. This experience solidified my belief that counselors need to be proactive when working with students and parents on the college admissions process. I couldn't sit back and wait for questions to be asked because my families did not even know what questions to ask.

I later moved to Rochester, New York where I was the Director of Student Services in the Greece School District. In this capacity, I had the opportunity to work with multiple disciplines on the creation of a school based mental health team to better address the social/emotional needs of our students. I also created a district Family Support Center designed to provide free counseling to our 12,000 students and their families.

Over the past seven years, I worked as the Supervisor of Counseling Services in Spotsylvania County, Virginia where I served 24,000 families in 30 buildings. While in Spotsylvania I worked with my counseling team to create a comprehensive K-12 college and career readiness program that received national acclaim. My team and I were asked by the American School Counseling Association to share our work through a national webinar. I also published an article in the American School Counselor magazine highlighting our work entitled “Crayons to College: A K-12 Approach to College and Career Readiness.”

I have been fortunate to serve on many state and national boards. I recently ended a three-year term as a national representative to the Guidance and Admissions Assembly (College Board) and am currently serving as a committee member on the National Association of College Admissions Counseling. I enjoy the field of school counseling and have served in other leadership roles including the White House Summit on School Counseling, the US Department of Education Healthy Students Promising Future Collaborative and I assisted the Virginia Department of Education with curriculum writing.

I am eager to bring my K-12 experience to the North Shore community and look forward to working with all of you. If you get an opportunity, please consider attending one of our upcoming workshops. The first one is September 26th where we will play the GPA game. I look forward to working with you and learning even more about this beautiful community.

GPA Game

Tuesday, Sep. 26th 2017 at 6:30pm

High School Auditorium, 450 Glen Cove Ave Glen Head, NY

This workshop is for parents and students in middle or high school who are wondering what factors (in addition to GPA) colleges consider when making admissions decisions. There will also be an opportunity to talk with Ms. Binion regarding the services you would like to see in counseling office at the middle and high school level.

An Evening With The College Board

Thursday, Sep. 28th 2017 at 6:30pm

High School Auditorium, 450 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head, NY

This is an opportunity to talk directly with the College Board about the October PSAT, SAT and AP. Find out how your students can prepare for the PSAT, how to obtain test accommodations, learn about free SAT practice provided by the College Board and more. Our guest presenter is Lacey Bonner from the College Board.

Financial Aid Night

Wednesday, Oct. 18th 2017 at 7pm

High School Auditorium 450 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head, NY

Have a student headed to college and want to learn more about the financial aid process, the FAFSA and CSS profile? If so, consider joining us for a financial aid presentation.

PSAT Score Intrepretation Bring your score report with you!

Monday, Jan. 8th, 6:30pm

High School Auditorium, 450 Glen Cove Ave Glen Head, NY

You have received your PSAT score report back, but what does it mean? This workshop is designed for students and parents who want to learn more about the score report and how to improve future SAT scores. Lacey Bonner from the College Board is our guest presenter. You won't want to miss this one!