Middle School Counseling
Danielle McKelvey x2001
Auda Aquino x2002
Nicole Ettinger x2003
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.
My name is Danielle McKelvey and my career in the field of counseling began when I provided services to preschool children and their families through Head Start and then at a maternal and child public health organization in Philadelphia. After I became a parent, I made a career shift to school counseling in public education. I have a master’s degree in social work from Tulane University. I believe that every student can succeed, and I see myself as a strong advocate for students.
The transition to middle school and early adolescence is an exciting time, but one that also presents new challenges. As students grow and mature, they uncover their strengths, talents and interests. Students also experience new and complex emotions, changing friendships and other new developmental experiences. School counselors are here for students to support them throughout middle school. Throughout the year, I will check in with students about their sixth grade experience and provide support to address any challenges.
As we focus on SEL (social and emotional learning) as a district, I am incorporating SEL into counseling sessions with students. Assisting students to identify, express and regulate emotions is part of each conversation and helps students to learn and try simple exercises for emotional wellness.
All sixth-grade students have been invited and are encouraged to join my Google Classroom where I will share resources and information. All students are welcome in the counseling office and encouraged to visit!
Here is how you can reach me:
856-429-5851, Ext 2001
My name is Auda Aquino and I am currently the seventh-grade school counselor for Haddonfield Middle School’s Class of 2028. I bring more than 12 years of experience to the field of school counseling. I graduated from Rowan University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling in Educational Settings.
My approach to school counseling has and will always be centered on my students’ needs. As a school counselor, I believe all students can succeed if provided the proper advocacy and equitable access to do so. All students deserve to feel safe and a part of their school community. Building a strong rapport and creating a safe space for my students early on is important in helping them feel safe enough to come to me for support. To create the best outcome for my students, I feel it is important to work collaboratively with parents, teachers, administrators, and outside agencies.
I look forward to the opportunity to work collaboratively to help my students succeed. Parents and guardians are welcome to reach out to me for support for their child.
Here is how you can reach me:
856-429-5851 ext. 2002
My name is Nicole Ettinger and I am currently working with the eighth-grade population of students in the 2022-2023 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 15 years of experience as a school social worker and counselor, and I have been at HMS for the past 10 years.
I have worked closely with children and adolescents 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 their middle school years. I am truly looking forward to working with our seventh-graders this school year and providing them with a safe and supportive environment to express themselves, best regulate their emotions, and learn effective coping skills.
All eighth-grade students 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:
856-429-5851, Ext 2003
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.
- Twin Oaks Crisis
- Perform Care
- 2nd Floor Youth Helpline of NJ
- Crisis Text Line
- 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!