Counselor Bio's

Counselors Biography’s
Kindergarten and Elementary Schools

Ms. Chantea Benson
Ms. Benson is the guidance counselor and anti-bullying specialist at the Kindergarten Success Academy. She has worked at the KSA as the school counselor since 2011. Ms. Benson received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. She later enrolled in the M.A. program at Seton Hall University where she received her master’s degree in school counseling. Her transition into the field of counseling was fueled by her passion for working with youth. Ms. Benson is a member of the NJ School Counselor Association. Outside of the school setting, Ms. Benson enjoys spending time with her two sons, family, and friends.
Ms. Christine Cutinello
Ms. Cutinello has been a member of the Roselle Guidance department since 2017. She is looking forward to starting the 2018/2019 school year at Harrison Elementary School as the School Counselor and HIB Specialist. She is eager to meet her new students, along with continuing to develop a rapport with her existing students. Miss Cutinello received her M.A. in Counseling from Kean University, which has prepared her to assist students and their families with scholastic, social and emotional issues/concerns. She is also a member of the NJ School Counselors Association and the American School Counselors Association giving Ms. Cutinello a plethora of resources to best assist her students and their families. Miss Cutinello aspires to work together with staff, students and the community to create a clean, safe, positive and supportive learning environment!
Ms. Jasmine Martin
Ms. Jasmine Martin is an Elementary School Counselor, as well as the HIB Specialist for Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School. Ms. Martin attended The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ where she double majored in Elementary Education and Psychology. She then went on to received her Master’s of Arts degree in Counseling from New Jersey City University in Jersey City, NJ. Ms. Martin is also a Licensed Associate Counselor and provides clinical therapeutic services for a mental health agency. She is a National Board Certified Counselor, a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a member of the New Jersey School Counselor Association. Outside of work, Ms. Martin enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
Mr. Jason Robbins
Mr. Robbins has been the School Counselor at Washington Elementary School since 2010. Before then, he did his internship at Abraham Clark High School in Roselle from February 2009 until May 2010. Mr. Robbins takes pride in getting to know each and every student so that he can greet each student either when they enter the building or pass him in the hallway. Mr. Robbins received a B.A. in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University and Ed.M. and School Counseling Certification from Rutgers University.

Middle Schools
Ms. Tiffany Blurete

Ms. Blurete is the newest addition to the counseling department at Leonard V. Moore Middle School.  She worked in the mental health field for several years while obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Rutgers-Newark, and then Monmouth University for her Masters in School Counseling and Professional Counseling.  Ms. Blurete gained experience working with the early middle school population during her internship (which she also did at LV Moore!) and has been an advocate ever since.  Outside of work, Ms. Blurete loves to spend time with her dog, Buckley, watch movies, and make greeting cards. 
Ms. Dgyna  Lorquet
Mrs. Lorquet is a Middle School Counselor, an Anti-Bullying Specialist, I&RS Co-Chair.
She has been a school counselor for the past 17 years. Before she became a school counselor, Mrs. Lorquet was a Substance Abuse Clinician at Trinitas Hospital, Prior to that she was an Information Technology Manager at Magruder Color in Elizabeth, NJ.
Mrs. Lorquet attended City College of New York where she earned a BA degree in Health Administration. She later enrolled at Chubb Institute for Computer Science. She enrolled at Kean University and earned a BA in Psychology, then an MA in Social Work. Then she earned her Supervisory Certificate in 2007. Mrs. Lorquet is a License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) a Notary Public. She received the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program for Educational Services Professional in 2014. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work. American Society of Notaries. Mrs. Lorquet enjoys working out, traveling around the world, spending time with family and friends and playing chess.
Ms. Rebecca RIchardson
Mrs. Rebecca Richardson is one of two Grace Wilday Junior High School Professional School Counselors. She has been with the district since 2003 in various positions but Ms. Richardson’s career began at ACHS as the Certified Athletic Trainer where she worked with all the athletes keeping the healthy and ready for the courts and the field. She began teaching Health and Physical Education, as well as acting as the  Teen PEP advisor in 2007. Ms. Richardson’s passion for helping students in and out of the classroom led her to obtain her Masters in School Counseling from Kean University. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Rutgers University. Ms. Richardson moved to Grace Wilday as the School Counselor in March 2018 and is invested in helping the students reach their maximum potential. Outside of her professional responsibilities, Ms. Richardson enjoys spending time with her family.
Mr. Floyd Granderson
Mr. Floyd Granderson is one of Grace Wilday Junior High School Professional School Counselors, as well as, the HIB Specialist. He has been employed with the Roselle School District for the past ten years and has obtained positions at almost every grade level. 5 years at the Abraham Clark High School, 3 Years at Harrison Elementary School and 2 years at Grace Wilday Junior High School.  He obtained employment in the Plainfield School District as a Guidance Counselor for 6 years prior to Roselle. He received his B.A in Communication from Pace University and his Masters in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University.  Mr. Granderson has also worked in the Social work field as: Caseworker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Program Coordinator, and Housing Specialist. Mr. Granderson uses his vast experience to serve his students, parents and professional community to the best of his ability.

High School
Ms. Sisly Cooper

Ms. Cooper is the newest school counselor at Abraham Clark High School. She hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kean University and a Master’s in School Counseling from Montclair State University. Prior to joining the ACHS team, Ms. Cooper completed her School Counseling internship with the Montclair School District. She had been working with students with disabilities for approximately six years prior to completion of her Master’s degree.
Although she calls East Orange home, Ms. Cooper is a proud Trinidadian. She enjoys listening to Soca music, watching documentaries and reading romance novels. Nothing fulfills Ms. Cooper more than helping her students plan their life after high school.
Ms. Gladys Martinez
Mrs. Gladys Martinez became a member of the Roselle Public Schools Counseling team in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an Ed. M. in Counseling Education from Rutgers State University. Ms. Martinez internship experience consisted of working with students at East Brunswick Jr. High. Her additional educational experience includes a degree in Computer Information Systems and she has served as research assistance which resulted in publication. Mrs. Martinez is also a state certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor for natural disasters and holds specialist certifications with the American School Counseling Association. In her free time, Ms. Martinez enjoys spending time with her husband and three children
Mr. Jordan T. Siegel
Mr. Siegel has been part of the Roselle community his entire life.  He is an alumnus of the Roselle school district and graduated from Abraham Clark in 1983.  Mr. Siegel has been a member of the Roselle School Counseling Department since 2007. He is looking forward to the start of his 12th year as a counselor-educator, eager to meet his new students, along with continuing to develop a rapport with his existing students.   His B.A. in Labor Studies and Ed.M. in Educational Psychology have prepared him to assist students and their families with scholastic, social and career issues/concerns that may arise.  Mr. Siegel was awarded the Union County Unity Award for Education by the Union County Freeholders and was a nominee for Life Changer of the Year in 2016-2017.  The development of a student’s social/emotional skills and leadership skills has been a cornerstone of Mr. Siegel’s counseling, he has developed groups such as the Nike Career Group, Validating Mentors Group, and the ACHS Dungeons & Dragons Group.  He is also a member of the NJ School Counselors Association, The Union County School Counselors Association, and American School Counselors Association.
Ms. Lola Williams
Ms. Williams is a School Counselor at the Abraham Clark High School (ACHS).  Before coming to ACHS, she served as a School Counselor with the Newark Public Schools and as a Counselor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Center for Pre-College Programs.  In all, Ms. Williams has over fifteen years of experience in counseling middle school and high school aged students.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Bloomfield College and a Master’s in School Counseling from Seton Hall University.
Her career as a school counselor has truly been rewarding. Ms. Williams enjoys working with students, teachers, the administrative team and parents who each play a critical role in the student’s academic success.  She is a strong believer in expecting and encouraging each student to have a growth mindset; anything is possible with effort and determination.  In her free time, Ms. Williams enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in community service events, singing, and writing.   She is a published author of children’s book entitled, her first one was: Crabbella, the Rescue.  Ms. Williams office door remains open for counseling and all are welcome.
Crisis Counselor
Mr. Antoine Patterson

Mr. Patterson is the Crisis Counselor at ACHS.  He attended St. Francis University, Pa where he earned his Bachelor’s Criminal Justice.  Over the years, Mr Patterson had the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings dealing with youth, and gained valuable experiences from all of them.  While working with the adolescent population in a youth shelter in New York as well as in group homes in New Jersey, he gained a passion for working with children and families.
These experiences, lead Mr Patterson to a career working in the schools, where he could be an effective role model for students.  At that time he started to pursue the  State of New Jersey Social Worker Certification at Montclair State University. Mr. Patterson was hired in 1999, at Abraham Clark High School as a Crisis Intervention Counselor.  In his 19 years of experience at Abraham Clark, he has served in many different capacities outside of the counseling role, such as: Freshman Class Advisor, Peer Group Advisor, Freshman & Varsity Assistant Basketball Coach, Freshman Football Coach, Track & Field Coach.  As a coach, Mr. Patterson has had the opportunity to shape and mold many of my young athletes into positive productive individuals. As an educator, there are many challenges, as well as rewards on a daily basis. Mr. Patterson continues to enjoy working with students, families and the Roselle Community as a whole, while also assisting in helping students in making relationships that will allow them to grow into respective young adults.

Director of School Counseling and Guidance 

Ms. Susan L. Nogaj Matteson

The 2018-2019 school year is Ms. Matteson’s first year with the Roselle School district and marks her 20th year in Education.  She holds a Bachelors’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in School Administration and Leadership, and a Master’s degree in School Counseling.  Mrs. Matteson has held many roles within the Education setting, such as teacher, coach, administrator, mentor and advisor.

She is a member of the American School Counselors Association, New Jersey School Counselors Association, and the Bergen County School Counselors Association, as well as, the National Association for College Admissions Counselors and New Jersey Association of College Admissions Counselors. Mrs. Matteson enjoys working with a wonderful team of caring professionals whose mission it is to deliver a comprehensive counseling program that helps all students understand themselves better and strive towards their potential

Mrs. Matteson speaks fluent Polish so if you know of someone with a child in need please do not hesitate in contacting her.