Guidance & College Counseling

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About Guidance & College Counseling | Meet Our Team


About Us: Emphasizing the "Preparatory" in Saint Peter's Prep

As part of a Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory school, the Guidance & College Counseling department concerns itself with the individual care and development of our students.  The  major goals of the department are academic and personal counseling.  We seek to assist students in making decisions that affect their education and to implement programs that will enable them to reach their full potential.    Counselors offer academic counseling that deals with the student’s practical needs: study skills, student/teacher relationships, course selection, peer relationships, career information, testing, and college selection.  The goals are achieved through individual meetings and a comprehensive group guidance curriculum across four years.

Prep’s guidance program is an integral part of the overall educational program. Like an academic course, group guidance is a scheduled class that every student takes throughout his four years. Students meet with their  counselor once every cycle. At every grade level, the curriculum is structured, developmental and flexible, enabling the counselors to effectively address the students’ various needs.

Also, a number of evening workshops and other programs are offered to students and their parents on the various aspects of the college admission process.

We provide personal counseling on a short-term basis to enhance a student’s knowledge and acceptance of self, as well as to support him in understanding issues and solving problems.  The department provides referrals for students and families to outside counseling agencies if the need for more lengthy or specialized services arises.

Counselors maintain the confidentiality of their relationships with students. Counselors are obliged not to disclose information that a student has shared within the context of the counseling relationship, unless such disclosures are necessary to protect the student from posing a serious threat to himself or to others.

For general college counseling information, please call 201-547-6380.  Click on each name below to learn more about the members of our team!

Counselor

Email address Phone Responsibilities
Mr. Joe Giglio, '87* GiglioJ@spprep.org 201-547-2304 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor
Ms. Yetunde Daniels Rubinstein** RubinsteinY@spprep.org 201-547-6462

Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor

Fr. Anthony Azzarto, S.J. AzzartoA@spprep.org 201-547-6412 Freshman Counselor
Ms. Elizabeth Benedict BenedictE@spprep.org 201-547-6467 Learning Specialist
Ms. Belkise Dallam
DallamB@spprep.org
201-547-6478 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor
Mr. James Dondero, '66 DonderoJ@spprep.org 201-547-6383 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor
Ms. Sarah Morissette MorissetteS@spprep.org 201-547-6435 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor
Ms. Grace Morris MorrisM@spprep.org 201-547-6381 Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor
Fr. John Mullin, S.J. MullinJ@spprep.org 201-547-6454 Freshman Counselor
Ms. Jessica Nordstrom NordstromJ@spprep.org 201-547-6391 Freshman Counselor
Mrs. Janice Martineau MartineauJ@spprep.org 201-547-6380 Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

* Director of Guidance & College Counseling | ** Associate Director



Mr. Joe Giglio, '87 
Director of Guidance and College Counseling

giglioj@spprep.org | 201-547-2304

Giuseppe "Joe" Giglio, '87 is excited to be back at his alma mater, serving the Prep community as Director of Guidance & College Counseling. Mr. Giglio credits the late Fr. Ray Balduf, S.J. with developing his lifelong interest in college admission and counseling.

Mr. Giglio previously served as Executive Director of Admission and Enrollment Marketing at St. Peter's College (now Saint Peter's University).

Mr. Giglio had a 19 year career in college admission. He has been on the Admission team at Fordham University and Stevens Institute of Technology. He served a term as chair of the Council of Jesuit Admission Directors (CJAD) and is an active participant in regional and national professional organizations. Joe "got his start" as the student body elected representative on the Admission Committee at the College of the Holy Cross (MA).

A Hudson County native, Mr. Giglio resides in Cranford with his wife and young son, who, since the age of three, can sing all the verses of "Pride & Glory" as well as the Prep fight song.



Ms. Yetunde Daniels Rubinstein

Associate Director

rubinsteiny@spprep.org | 201-547-6462

Yetunde Daniels Rubinstein was struck by the Admission bug as an intern at Bucknell University, where she completed her undergraduate career, Ms. Rubinstein has loved working with young adults ever since. She joined the professional ranks in the admission office at Fordham University which allowed her to delve deeper into the college side of the process while clarifying that what she valued most was working with students and their families as they navigated the waters of admission. As the Community Liaison, she was able to straddle the secondary and post-secondary worlds by working with underserved students and their families in the tri-state area. This experience truly was the spark that encouraged in her the desire to work with students on the other side of the desk. After almost a decade on the high school side, she truly affirms "I LOVE coming to work every day. Each day is an opportunity to learn something new from my students. They motivate and drive my passion to be their advocate"

Ms. Rubinstein came to the Prep in 2005, took a step away in 2009, returning in 2012 to serve as the Associate Director. When away from Prep, Ms. Rubinstein is happily engaged in the varied activities of her two daughters and husband. She relishes watching them discover the wonders of humanity all over the world.


Fr. Tony Azzarto, S.J.
Freshman Counselor

azzartoa@spprep.org | 201-547-6412

Fr. Tony Azzarto, S.J. has been at St. Peter’s Prep at various times for 34 years. He has taught Religion, served as chaplain for twenty years and is now alumni chaplain and teaches Senior Theology. He also spent 7 years in Africa. Fr. Azzarto is host to grief groups and those who are in a family of divorce and/or separation. He tries to be present at times of loss in the families. He is always easy to reach by email: azzartoa@spprep.org



Ms. Elizabeth Benedict
Learning Specialist

benedicte@spprep.org | 201-547-6467

Elizabeth Benedict runs the Browning Center for students with diagnosed learning needs. She has an undergraduate degree in education and special education from Boston College. She has been working in the same field ever since, with a lengthy time-out for raising her two children. At one time or another, she has taught as a regular teacher, special education teacher, push-in teacher, home instructor, substitute teacher and tutor for grades 1 through 12. She has experience with students with learning disabilities and with emotional issues. She receives a Masters degree in Reading in May 2013 from St. Peter's University, in part thanks to the faculty formation commitments of Saint Peter's Prep.

At Prep, Ms. Benedict likes to chaperone Campus Ministry-sponsored Christian service trips, from Union City to West Virginia. She runs the AfterPrep program with Mrs. Morris. She teaches Foundations classes during summer school.

Ms. Benedict's children have been a great resource to her, as one taught her everything she knows about executive function issues, and the other one taught her never to leave a teenager home alone on a weekend. She has been a Sunday School teacher and a Girl Scout Leader. She has been a member of five PTAs, and been Fund-Raising grunt, Fund-Raising Chair, Book Fair Chair, Communication Liaison, and Theater Production gofer. She has survived two college application processes. Now that spare time is returned to her, she likes to read, watch Downton Abbey, travel, hike, and enjoy her family.


Ms. Belkise Dallam 
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor

dallamb@spprep.org | 201-547-6478

Belkise Dallam is a graduate of LeMoyne College where she recieved  a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature/Theater and Fordham University where she recieved her M.S.Ed  in Counseling and Personel Services.She was the founding College Counselor at Cristo Rey New York High School in East Harlem. She later moved with her family to New Jersey where she worked as the Financial Aid Coordinator of the Educational Opportunity Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Metropolitan Campus). She currently lives in Bergen County with her husband, her two daughters and son.



Mr. Jim Dondero, '66
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor

donderoj@spprep.org | 201-547-6383

Jim Dondero, '66 received his Master's Degree in Student Personnel Services at Montclair State University in 1975 and holds a BS in Mathematics from Saint Peter’s University. In his 28th year as a counselor, he has been in education for 39 years, 11 of which he spent teaching Math and Computer Science. He returned to Prep in 1988 and has served as Director of Guidance and as a teacher of Precalculus and AP Statistics. He has also served at the College Board Testing Director for 28 years. Mr. Dondero also taught at Dickinson HS, Saint Joseph of the Palisades, Oak Knoll School and worked for 4 years as a programmer analyst at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and Caswell Massey, Ltd. He is also an adjunct professor of mathematics at Saint Peter's University.

 




Ms. Sarah Morissette
Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor

morissettes@spprep.org |

201-547-6435

Sarah Morissette is dedicated to providing guidance to students as they navigate complex issues such as academic planning and preparing for college. Sarah is a member of the American School Counselor Association and NACAC, she holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and School Counseling for grades K-12. She is passionate about helping students who are transitioning to a new phase in their academic careers. One of Sarah’s more valuable assets is her professional experience in college admissions. A former admissions counselor at Paul Smith’s College and Saint Peter’s University, she understands the college application process from the perspective of a college admissions officer. An unique position of offering meaningful, practical advice for Prep students and families.

 
Sarah received her undergraduate degree in sociology from Saint Joseph’s University and her Master’s degree from West Chester University. When Sarah is not working with her Prep families, she enjoys travel, listening to music, and spending time with her husband.

Ms. Grace Morris

Sophomore/Junior/Senior Counselor

morrism@spprep.org | 201-547-6381

M. Grace Morris joined the Prep Guidance Department in 2011 as a Freshman/Sophomore level Counselor. Prior to joining The Prep Faculty, she worked as a School Counselor at Immaculate Conception High School, Marist High School and Bishop George Ahr High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in Connecticut, followed by her Masters degree from Seton Hall University.

 


Fr. John Mullin, S.J.
 Freshman
Counselor

mullinj@spprep.org | 201-547-6454

For the past ten years, Fr. John Mullin, S.J. has assisted freshmen as they navigate the ups and downs of transition to high school life at Prep. His goal has been to help freshmen find the balance between working to their full potential academically and getting involved in the many co-curricular activities that Prep has to offer.

Fr. Mullin brings a varied background to his work with freshmen. He taught Biology at Prep in the ‘70’s and was Chaplain in the ‘80s. He served as a parish priest at both St. Peter’s Parish and St. Francis Xavier Parish in New York City and, after earning a degree in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University of Maryland, he worked in Campus Ministry both at St. Peter’s University and Fordham University.

One of Fr. Mullin’s greatest joys is to be the guidance counselor for some of the many sons of Prep alumni that he taught or accompanied on Emmaus Retreats in the past. Fr. Mullin is moderator of SPPAC, the Performing Arts Club, and co-moderator with Fr. Azzarto of the Asian Society.

 


 

Ms. Jessica Nordstrom
Freshman
Counselor

nordstromj@spprep.org | 201-547-6391

Jessica Nordstrom joined the Saint Peter’s Prep community in the 2013-14 school year. She is passionate about helping students develop both personally and in the classroom, as well as preparing them for their future endeavors. She especially enjoys assisting Freshman students with the many transitions that they face when beginning high school. Before coming to Prep, Jessica served for five years as the Assistant to the Director of College Guidance at Loyola School in New York. She received her Master of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University. Jessica grew up in Queens and Long Island, New York but now calls Jersey City her home. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to live music, exploring the greater New York City area and its history, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Ms. Janice Martineau
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

MartineauJ@spprep.org | 201-547-6380

Janice Martineau has been at Prep for 20 years (bene merenti 2014), and the last 18 have been spent in the Guidance/College Counseling office. Janice has enjoyed helping the young men of Prep (and their parents) navigate the application process for college admission. Janice also works very closely with all the counselors as she performs her duties as the Office Manager. A lifelong resident of Jersey City, and a diehard Yankee fan, Janice and her husband Frank have a daughter and two grandchildren.

 

 

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