Guidance Department

Welcome to the LaGuardia Arts Guidance Department.

Dr. Mark Stricklin-Witherspoon, Assistant Principal, Guidance & Culture
Students are assigned to a Guidance Counselor based on the student's grade level and studio. We do this so families can receive support that is specific to their needs.
 
If you have a new Guidance Counselor, they will collaborate with your former Guidance Counselor to support your success. 
 
At this time, most family meetings are being held virtually.  Please email your Guidance Counselor to set up a virtual meting.

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Guidance Counselor Information

Guidance Counselors provide advice on student programs and post-secondary plans.  They do not perform schedule changes. Please follow the information that is sent to you regarding any changes of schedule.  The link to the Course Add/Drop Form is in the Links section on our homepage.

 

 

Studio

12th Grade

11th Grade

10th Grade

9th Grade

Counselor

Office

Email

Dance

A - Z

A - Z

A - Z

A - Z

Gonzalez, Chris

809A

cgonzalez8@schools.nyc.gov

               

Drama

H - Z

A - Z

A - Z

A - Z

Jusino, Jasmine

G47

Jjusino@schools.nyc.gov

Drama

A - G

-

-

-

Leston, Delfina

234i

dleston@schools.nyc.gov

               

Fine Arts

Gac - M

A - H

A - H

A - H

Cohen, Phil

321B

pcohen16@schools.nyc.gov

Fine Arts

A - Gab

I - P

I - P

I - P

Pappas, Thomas

321A

tpappas2@schools.nyc.gov

Fine Arts

N - Z

Q-Z

M-Z

S-Z

Wang, Janice

321C

jwang32@schools.nyc.gov

               

Instrumental Music

A - D

A - D

A - D

-

Altschul, Rebecca

323C

raltschul@schools.nyc.gov

Instrumental Music

E - Lao

E - Lao

E - Lao

-

Womoczy, Karolina

323A

kwomoczyl@schools.nyc.gov

Instrumental Music

Lap - Ret

Lap - Reu

Lap - Reu

A - K

Persaud, Suzette

323B

spersaud@schools.nyc.gov

Instrumental Music

Reu - Z

Ret - Z

Ret - Z

L - Z

Scully-Nisa, Helen

323D

hscullynisa@schools.nyc.gov

               

Technical Theater

A - Z

A - Z

A - Z

A - Z

Leston, Delfina

234i

dleston@schools.nyc.gov

               

Vocal Music

A - D

A - D

A - D

A - K

Altschul, Rebecca

323C

raltschul@schools.nyc.gov

Vocal Music

E - Lao

E - Lao

E - Lao

L - Z

Womoczy, Karolina

323A

kwomoczyl@schools.nyc.gov
               
               

 

Substance Abuse Prevention & Intervention Specialist

My name is Alex Falk, but you can just call me Alex. I go by he/him pronouns (or anything intended with love and respect) and I am your new SAPIS counselor. My email is Afalk@laguardiahs.org

I am very honored and grateful to be joining this community, and to help our young people access the agency to build healthy lives and relationships, and cultivate joy and equanimity. 

SAPIS offers: 

  • 1-1 Confidential counseling-

To refer a student, simply send me an email and I will follow up with the student

  • Classroom presentations (Topics of lessons include)- 

      • Fentanyl Awareness, Effects of Substance Use (Illicit drugs/prescriptions/Alcohol/Tobacco), Dangers of Vaping, Life Skills (goal setting/decision making/personal responsibility), Digital Citizenship, Safe Dating, Stress Management

  • Positive alternatives to substance use-

    • Mindfulness, Meditation, Music-making, Visual art, Digital Design, Sound baths, Student Zines, Activism, Community Outreach

- My hours are 9-4:30pm 

- I’m located in room 235

- Come say hi!

A little about me:

For the past 6 years I have been the SAPIS counselor at HS560 City-As-School. While at City-As, I co-founded a program called MAD Academy (Music Art Design), where student artists collaborated with creative industry professionals to create community arts projects including the largest mural in NYC, collaborating on a song with DMC of Run DMC, and pressing a vinyl record of all original songs.

I am a certified sound therapy practitioner and mindfulness educator. I believe that simple mindfulness tools and deep listening practices can be accessible, and are a powerful tool for healing and transformation.

I have a BFA in studio composition from SUNY Purchase. I love using my audio engineering, song writing, and production skills to help students access their voice and find purpose through creativity.

Post-Secondary Planning

Allison Kleiman

akleiman@schools.nyc.gov

Allison Kleiman (she/her) has been working in the NYCDOE since 2008. Prior to that, her past experience includes working in Undergraduate Admissions at Fordham University. She is a NACAC, CACNY, and NYSACAC member and was an elected high school delegate to NYSACAC.  Born and raised in Indianapolis, Ms. Kleiman holds a B.A. from Tufts University, where she majored in Child Development and minored in Art History. She went on to earn an Ed. M. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.  

Rooted in serving students from a strengths based perspective, Ms. Kleiman's role as Post-Secondary Specialist is designed to help her support all LaGuardia students as they plan for their future after high school. Her role is to help students understand their full range of options and discover the next chapter that fits them best.

Guidance Google Join Codes

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Social Worker

Ebony Campbell, DSW, LMSW

Ewrightcampbell@schools.nyc.gov



Dr. E. Campbell is a Licensed Master Social Worker who has a passion for working with young people, which is why has spent her entire 15 year career in schools. Dr. Campbell works from the strengths perspective when working with students. She firmly believes that helping young people focus on their internal strengths and positive coping strategies will help them build a positive mindset. The strengths perspective helps young people build on their best qualities, find their inherit strengths, and improves their resilience.


Dr. Campbell provides brief individual and group counseling, along with crisis intervention. She also specializes in workshops around racism, sexism, women's empowerment, relationship abuse and prevention, life skills and many more. Dr. Campbell believes in empowering students to stand in their truth and meeting them where they are.

Social Worker

Lauren Lydiard, LCSW

llydiard3@schools.nyc.gov

 

Ms. Lauren Lydiard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is honored to be a mental health provider for the LaGuardia student population. Ms. Lauren graduated valedictorian from Silberman School of Social Work, and she was awarded the 2019 Advocate for NYC Award from the Mayor's Office. Ms. Lauren specializes in providing support around grief, anxiety & depression, unhealthy/abusive relationships, sexuality, and transgender/non-binary topics. Ms. Lauren works closely with the exceptional LaGuardia Guidance team to provide school-based support to students. She believes in cultivating youth resilience by teaching adaptable coping strategies and centering student voices.

Social Worker

LaKeisha Fable, LCSW, School Based Support Team Social Worker 

Lfable2@schools.nyc.gov 

 

Ms. Fable is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is a part of the School Based Support Team (SBST). The SBST supports the achievement of students who are struggling academically or behaviorally. The outcome of an SBST meeting is the development of an Individualized Education Plan for Special Education Students. 

 

Ms. Fable is driven by providing support, resources and skills to students and families in need. Ms. Fable takes pride in providing the best services and support that caters to an individual or group’s needs. Her goals include assisting students and families overcome whatever obstacle(s) or challenge(s) that may arise. In addition to her primary job functions which include participating in the SBST, Ms. Fable also provides short term group and individual counseling. 

 

Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist (SAPIS)

Alex Falk, Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist

afalk@laguardiahs.org

 

The Substance Abuse Prevention Intervention Specialist (SAPIS) supports students through a variety of issues.  The SAPIS provides social-emotional learning workshops and substance prevention education.  An empowerment & leadership program helps students growth and maturity.  Our SAPIS also provides short term, one-to-one services.   Our SAPIS partners with the Department of Health, the Mayor's Office to combat Dating Violence.  Our SAPIS works closely with  the Guidance and Support team. Teachers, staff, students, or family members can submit referrals. Please contact our SAPIS if you need suppport or resources.