Meet the Counselors & Support Staff

 

Sophia Velez Portrait

Sophia Velez

Director of School Counseling

860 - 868 - 6219

 

Samantha Steinis

School Counselor

steiniss@region-12.org
860 - 868 - 6216

 

Kelly Norris

 

Kelly Norris

School Counselor

860-868-6210

 

Joanne Kelly

School Counselor

kellyj@region-12.org
860-868-5203

 

Kerry Schur

Counseling Secretary

schurk@region-12.org
860-868-6218
 
Emma Bee Schwarz Photo

Emma Bee Schwarz

School Counselor

860-868-6218
 
Photo of Counseling Intern Margaret Flaherty

Margaret Flaherty

School Counseling Intern

860-868-6218

 

Gabriel Byer-Alcorace

Gabe Byer-Alcorace

School Psychologist

860-868-6213

 

Jennifer Pizighelli

Jennifer Pizighelli

School Psychologist

pizighellij@region-12.org

 

The Role of the Psychology Staff

 
School psychologists at Shepaug Valley School (SVS) are uniquely qualified members of the support team who apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help the students at SVS succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.