Jessica Lee Piernik, Ed.S., N.C.C., L.P.C.
Phone: 732-842-0330 X409
Hello! My name is Jessica Piernik and I am the School Counselor (as well as Forrestdale's for Grade 4), School Anti-Bullying Specialist, as well as I&RS/504 Chairperson and School Safety Committee Chairperson at Deane-Porter Elementary School.
I graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and American Studies. Then, I obtained my Graduate Level Teacher Certification from Rider University's Graduate School of Education. I am certified as an Elementary School Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Psychology Teacher, Teacher of Supplemental Instruction for Mathematics and Language Arts, as well as Supervisor. Prior to becoming a Counselor in Rumson, I taught in East Brunswick and Marlboro.
I received both my Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees in Counseling Services, with a concentration in School Counseling, from Rider University. I am certified as a School Counselor and as a National Board Certified Counselor. This is my seventh year at Deane-Porter and I am thrilled because I am lucky enough to say, "I love my job"!
The Guidance Department attempts to teach students how to cope more effectively with any problem or situation as well as deal with new challenges. Today's school counselors are vital members of the education team. I help all students in the areas of academic achievement and personal/social development, ensuring that today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
A common misconception is that the School Counselor only works with students who are having problems at home or school. The truth is that I am here to serve all students and to meet a variety of student needs at school. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me!
Let's work together to give the students at Deane-Porter the best experience they can have!