Each class is divided alphabetically into 3 groups, with each group assigned to a counselor. Counselors work directly with that group of students from the beginning of their freshman year through graduation. Our goal is to provide every student with comprehensive guidance and counseling that reflects their individual needs while supporting students to achieve their academic and personal goals. Throughout the year, counselors meet with students individually, in small groups and in the classroom to help with:

  • Academic advising including course selection, scheduling, and academic support
  • Social and emotional counseling including peer relationships, stress management, conflict resolution and crisis intervention
  • Career exploration
  • Post-secondary planning and the college application process

Meet the Counselors

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Phone: 215-233-6030 ext 2009

Ms. Elizabeth Barbone

Ms. Barbone attended Kutztown University for her undergraduate degree in Psychology, West Chester University for her Master's degree in School Counseling and University of California, Los Angeles online for her certificate in college counseling. Ms. Barbone has been a high school guidance counselor for the past 12 years in Northern New Jersey and prior to that she was a foster care social worker for children in Philadelphia.

Student assignment by last name:

Class of 2023 (9th grade): Ar-Hu
Class of 2022 (10th grade): Ad-Gu
Class of 2021 (11th grade): Ag-Gu
Class of 2020 (12th grade): Am-Gu

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Phone: 215-233-6030 x2007

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology & Spanish Muhlenberg College

Master of Science, School Counseling Northeastern University

Mrs. Beth McDonnell

Beth McDonnell joined the guidance department in August of 2014. She received her Bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg College and her Master's degree in School Counseling at Northeastern University.

Student assignment by last name:

Class of 2023 (9th grade): J-Pa
Class of 2022 (10th grade): H-N
Class of 2021 (11th grade): H-M
Class of 2020 (12th grade): H-M

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Phone: 215-233-6030 x2008

Mr. Bill Shearer

Mr. Shearer joined the Springfield Guidance Department in the summer of 2004 after interning here. He received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Joseph's University in 1999. He received his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Secondary Guidance Counseling at Immaculata University in 2004.

Student assignment by last name:

Class of 2023 (9th grade): Pav-Yo
Class of 2022 (10th grade): O-Z
Class of 2021 (11th grade): O-Z
Class of 2020 (12th grade): Mov-Z

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Phone: 215-233-6030 x2006

Mrs. Tara Kane, Secretary

Mrs. Kane can be reached during the hours of 7:00am until 3:00pm.