Elana Rudnick, Pierrepont School
201-438-7675 extension 4376
Elana Rudnick (Pierrepont) is excited to join the Rutherford Public Schools. She comes to Rutherford with an extensive background in School Counseling and is looking forward to implementing an innovative comprehensive counseling program to the Pierrepont Middle School.
Elana Rudnick joins the Rutherford Public Schools with an experienced career as a School Counselor at the Elementary, Middle, and High School Levels. Ms. Rudnick earned her Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She currently serves as Middle School Vice President and Middle School Awards Chair for the New Jersey School Counselor Association. Additionally, Ms. Rudnick serves on the Executive Board of the Bergen County School Counselor Association. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, exercise, and travel. Ms. Rudnick is excited to be a staff member of Pierrepont School and the Rutherford School Community.
Ms. Rudnick looks forward to meeting you and your child throughout the school year to provide any assistance necessary to help your child succeed academically. Ms. Rudnick can be contacted at ERudnick@rutherfordschools.org or at 201-438-7675 extension 4376.
Below you will find some additional information to better explain the school counselor role:
WHAT IS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR?
School Counselors are Masters level certified professionals who have acquired specialization in counseling students in the areas of academic achievement, personal growth, social development, and career awareness. School Counselors function as liaison between home, school and the community to offer the best supports to each student.
HOW DO SCHOOL COUNSELORS HELP?
The middle school years can be the most rewarding years of your child’s academic career. The adolescent years also present many challenges as students are faced with many new decisions. As middle school counselors, our goal is to help each student successfully navigate through these years and have many positive and enjoyable experiences along the way. It is during middle school, when students strongly develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of competence and confidence as learners. Children at this age are beginning to develop a sense of self and confidence in their abilities. They are also building decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as acquiring attitudes toward school, work habits, peers, social groups and family. These different aspects of a child’s life serve as the foundation for future success in adulthood.
My goal is to foster this growth by creating and implementing a comprehensive developmental school counseling program which enhances the knowledge, attitudes and skills that each child acquires in the areas of academic, personal, social, and career development. I offer several services to both students and families in order to reach these various developmental milestones.
HOW CAN A CHILD SEE THE COUNSELOR?
Students are taught how to self-refer at the start of each school year. Students often refer themselves to the school counselor by completing a form in their classroom (or by speaking with their teacher). A concerned parent, peer, or teacher may also refer a student to the school counseling office.
COLLABORATION WITH FAMILIES
One of the most important roles of a school counselor is collaboration. I believe strongly in working cooperatively with all of the key players in students’ lives, specifically, parents/guardians and school staff. I pride myself on the relationships that I develop with both students and their families. I encourage families to contact me with any questions or concerns.