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Middle School Counseling



Sarah Carangelo                                                                   x2001
7th Grade

Nicole Ettinger                                                                        x2003
6th Grade

Joseph Zobel                                                                             x2002
8th Grade

Meet the Counselors/The Student Support Team

As a team we work together to ensure that every student at Haddonfield Middle School sees the Counseling Center as a safe space to access supportive adults. While we are each assigned to a grade level and loop with our students for the duration of their time at HMS, we all work together to create a compassionate environment and help any student in need of assistance. We are also here to support staff if they are concerned about the social/emotional well being of their child. We see parents as partners and encourage parents to always reach out to us to discuss your student.

Sarah Carangelo:

My name is Sarah Carangelo, and I am the school counselor for seventh-grade students this school year.

I earned a Masters in Counseling in Educational Settings at Rowan University, and a N.J. School Counselor certificate and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. Professional accomplishments include being a program director of a pre-college student services grant program, developing a statewide counseling curriculum for the NJ GEAR UP State Project and assisting in securing $35 million in grant funds for academic and enrichment support services for N.J. students. I am proud to continue my career as a school counselor at HMS.

The Counseling Office at HMS is open to all students and is a great place to visit for help in addressing academic, personal or social/emotional needs. I strive to support students as they learn to navigate increasing demands in the classroom, balance extracurricular activities, search for and discover their individual identities, create and maintain friendships and much more.

As your child’s school counselor, I will work alongside them as they transition from elementary school and prepare for high school. We will work on increasing independence and individuality, accountability for actions and responsibilities, and decision-making/executive function skills, while also remembering to extend themselves and others grace and kindness as needed.

I sincerely look forward to working with HMS students, parents and staff each day.

Here is how you can reach me:

Sarah Carangelo

856-429-5851, Ext 2001

[email protected]

Nicole Ettinger:

My name is Nicole Ettinger, and I am currently working with the sixth-grade population of students in the 2023-2024 school year.  I am a licensed clinical social worker with a graduate degree from New York University Silver School of Social Work. I have over 16 years of experience as a school social worker and counselor, and I have been at HMS for the past 11 years. 

I have worked closely with young people of all ages.  Over past summers, I have volunteered at a weekend-long grief-and-loss camp in order to work with children and adolescents who have lost a loved one. I feel strongly that all adolescents are in need of guidance and support throughout their middle school experience, and my goal is to help them feel safe and comfortable in a school setting. I believe in a holistic approach where we consider the students’ physical, emotional, social and mental-health needs in order to help them transition to middle school and have a successful three years with us. I strive to help students build a strong, positive self-image that promotes the self-confidence they need for academic and social success. 

I have an open-door policy and encourage students to seek me out as they need guidance throughout middle school. I am truly looking  forward to working with our sixth-graders this school year and providing them with a safe and supportive environment in which they can express themselves, regulate their emotions and learn effective coping skills. 

All sixth-grade students have the opportunity to join counseling groups and have been invited to my Google classroom where I will share resources as well as school- and counseling-related information and activities.

Here is how you can reach me:

Nicole Ettinger 

856-429-5851, Ext 2003

[email protected] 


Joseph Zobel:

My name is Joseph Zobel and I am embarking on my ninth year as a school counselor.  I graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Assessment as well as a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.  

In my time as a school counselor, I have spent seven years at the high school level assisting students with college/career readiness as well as helping support students both emotionally and academically.  Most recently I have been working with students at the 3rd – 5th grade levels teaching them social as well as emotional skills and helping them grow into the best self they can be.  

I love to be involved with the school community!  In my time I have created a peer mentor program, parent night presentations, comprehensive counselor curriculum guides, and more.   I have also been a school activity advisor,  facilitated parent and student programs and coached various athletics.  Interacting with students and the community outside of the Counseling Office is extremely important to me. 
I enjoy being a school counselor because it allows me to be a student advocate.  I am the adult in the building whom your student can go to when needed.  I have an authentic and genuine interest in all of my students.   I aim to create an environment that supports the student and results in a positive therapeutic relationship. 
Collaboration is paramount when working with the student population.  I believe that working alongside our parents, teachers and administrators is key to the student’s success. 
I look forward to working with everyone at Haddonfield Middle School.  Go Dawgs! 

Here is how you can reach me:

Joseph Zobel 

856-429-5851, Ext 2002

[email protected] 


Services Provided/The Role of the School Counselor:

  • Advocate for the success of all students
  • Individual student counseling
  • Small group counseling for interested students
  • Refer students who need additional support to outside therapy and counseling
  • Collaborate with outside providers
  • Identify resources in the community to meet the needs of families
  • Participate in IEP meetings for students who have social/emotional goals
  • Serve as case managers for students with 504 plans
  • Assist families who have questions or concerns about their child
  • Serve as a resource for teachers when students are experiencing mental health needs
  • Support students in crisis
  • Participate as a member of the Intervention & Referral Services (I & R S team) to develop action plans for students requiring support in regular education
  • Assist students facing peer conflict and challenges
  • Support students experiencing peer conflicts
  • Contribute to a school culture of inclusion
  • Provide a safe and confidential space for students
  • Build and encourage coping skills

Therapy/Mental Health Counseling

School Counselors are here to support the emotional health and well being of all students. School Counselors cannot provide ongoing mental health counseling and therapy. Mental health treatment and therapy requires licensed mental health professionals and clinical oversight. We can help connect you to local counselors and therapists and support your child’s therapy goals in school. 

Helpful Resources:

  • Twin Oaks Crisis


  • Perform Care


  • 2nd Floor Youth Helpline of NJ


  • Crisis Text Line

  • YouthLine


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


  • Haddonfield’s Social & Emotional Wellness Room

  • The Attic Youth Center creates opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth

  • Adolescent Mental Health

  • Temple Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic

 For mindfulness activities and general wellness support, please visit:

 Haddonfield’s Social & Emotional Wellness Room developed by the high school counselors, but helpful and available to all students!


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