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Meet the Student Services Staff

Carrie Bean, School Counselor

Carrie Bean
Carrie Bean

Carrie Bean has worked at Schuylerville since the 2002-2003 school year. As a career education counselor, she is focused on helping students get a better understanding of the types of careers that are available to them as well as arranges for them to get “real-world” experience through the district’s internship program.

Carrie also is responsible for guiding students with their career preparation. This includes working with the students through practice interviews, resume writing, learning how to dress for the job and much more!

Additionally, she works with the local business community to build partnerships for the mentoring/internship program and to increase the community’s aware of this program.

“The support and collaboration from the school and community is incredible,” says Carrie. “Schuylerville is truly a wonderful place to work—and the kids here are the best!”

Prior to coming to the Schuylerville School District, Carrie was a career counselor at Sage College where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned her master’s degree in guidance and counseling, as well as her post-master’s certificate at Sage Graduate School. Carrie is a 1987 graduate of Schuylerville High School.

Karen Maciariello, School Psychologist

Karen Maciariello
Karen Maciariello

Karen began working in the district in the 2006-07 school year. Prior to coming to Schuylerville, she was a school psychologist at the Cornwall Central School District for five years. Before working at Cornwall she was a mental health worker at Four Winds in Saratoga.

Karen, who was born and raised in Italy, came to the United States to attend Skidmore College where she doubled majored in psychology and English. She went on to earn a master’s degree in school psychology at the College of Saint Rose.

As one of the district’s psychologist, Karen is responsible for evaluating and assessing students to determine if they are struggling with a learning disability, ADD or ADHD, or emotional concerns. She conducts academic, behavioral and cognitive assessments for the Committee on Special Education (CSE).

In addition, Karen chairs the High School Instructional Support Team (IST).

Furthermore, she also is responsible for providing CSE students with group and individual counseling and working with the district’s CSE to provide students and their families with appropriate services.

Janine O’Brien, School Counselor

Janine O'Brien
Janine O’Brien

Janine began working for the Schuylerville School District in the 2006-07 school year. Prior to coming here she had a counseling internship in the district’s Student Services office while she was earning her master’s degree in guidance & counseling from Sage Graduate School. Janine also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY Albany.

Janine assists students and their families in developing educational, career and personal goals. She assists students with completing college applications and helping to prepare for life after graduation. Additionally, Janine offers peer mediation when necessary, facilitates parent-teacher meetings, monitors student progress/achievement and communicates with parents.

“I really enjoy being part of a support system for all students and helping to provide a safe and comfortable environment for our students,” she said.

Leigh O’Connor, School Counselor

Leigh O'Connor
Leigh O’Connor

Leigh O’Connor began working in the Schuylerville Central School District in the 2006 as a school counselor. Leigh provides both individual and group counseling services to students in the Elementary and High School. She enjoys teaching social skills, decision-making skills and coping skills to help the students of Schuylerville develop into well-rounded individuals. Leigh also organizes the Mentoring Program in the High School and the Girls on Track program for female students grades 5-8. These programs enrich the education of the Schuylerville students and allow them opportunities to build self-esteem, character and a unique bond with peers and staff in the group.

“I love providing positive experiences at school for the students. It is important for each student to enjoy school and feel that they are an important member of the school community,” Leigh comments.

Leigh earned her master’s degree in school counseling from The College of Saint Rose and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from LeMoyne College.

Erin Welch, School Counselor

Erin Welch
Erin Welch

Erin has been a guidance counselor in the Schuylerville School District since 2003.

She is responsible for helping students build their school schedules, providing individual and group counseling, organizing and overseeing career night, handling vocational assessments, and coordinating sixth grade visitations, among other things. Erin also is committed to working closely with her colleagues and students’ parents to ensure Schuylerville students receive the best possible service.

“I like working at Schuylerville because of the students here. They are kind, generous, trustworthy, insightful, imaginative, and they are fun. I never imagined that I would be so lucky to be working with a fantastic community, dedicated colleagues, and wonderful students.”

Erin earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology (with a minor in social work) at Plymouth State in New Hampshire, and her master’s degree in school counseling at UMass Boston. She is a graduate of Glens Falls High School.

Sarah Rust, School Counselor

Sarah Rust
Sarah Rust

Sarah has been a high school counselor with the Schuylerville School District since 2016. Prior to joining the Student Services team in Schuylerville, she was a high school counselor in the Corinth Central School District for ten years.

Sarah works with students and families throughout the high school to help them reach their post secondary goals. She loves being a school counselor and enjoys assisting students with course selections, goal-setting, the college application process, conflict resolution, and so much more! Additionally, Sarah consults with teachers regarding student progress and facilitates parent-teacher meetings.

Sarah commented, “I’m honored to work with the students and families in Schuylerville. I always look forward to guiding students in the direction of their goals, both in high school and beyond.”

Sarah earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Frostburg State University in Maryland. She also earned a Master’s Degree in General Education and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Elmira College.