Our counseling program is designed to address the needs of all students by helping them acquire competencies in career planning and exploration, knowledge of self/others and educational/vocational development. The guidance program consists of various programs: individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultations, group guidance, referral assistance to other programs and services in the community, and classroom guidance.

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First Day of School

The first day of school for students in grades 1 - 12 is Wednesday, August 23rd. The first day of school for Kindergarten is Monday, August 28th. The first day for Preschool is Tuesday, August 29th.

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"Cram the Cruiser" Supply Drive

The Amherst Schools PTO and the Amherst Police Department together invite you to "Cram the Cruiser" on Sunday, August 20th between 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to donate school supplies for students in need and have a chance to win a NEW bike!

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Meet Mrs. Carnabuci

Greetings! I am Joanne Carnabuci and I am the 5th and 7th grade Guidance Counselor. Before I became a guidance counselor, I previously taught middle school for the past 6 years in the Cleveland area. Teaching middle school is my passion so I am very excited to be your guidance counselor this year. Other than education, I am also a huge sports fanatic, especially OSU football. I have a husband named Pete, who is also a teacher. He works in Berea as and administrator. Education runs in my veins, not only are my immediate family members a bunch of educators, almost every single aunt, uncle or cousin is in some form of education. In the little spare time that I have, I enjoy chasing around my children Carmina and Rocco, running, reading professional development and science fiction books, and like I said before, I am a huge sports fan especially Cleveland sports.

I look forward to working with everyone over the course of the year.

(440) 988-1624

Meet Mrs. Williams

Hello! I am Mary Scott Williams and I am the 5th and 7th grade Guidance Counselor. I am thrilled to begin my second year a school guidance counselor at Nord Middle School and Amherst Junior High School. I am excited for a wonderful year ahead filled with helping your child celebrate their achievements, overcome challenges and accomplish their goals!

My job is to do my best to ensure your child is happy and finding success in the classroom. Please don't hesitate to contact me.

(440) 988-1951

Counselor's Schedule

Due to Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Carnabuci working at both Nord Middle School and Amherst Junior High School, both counselors will rotate days at each building. Below you'll find their weekly schedule.

Mrs. Williams will be in the Nord Office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be in the AJH Office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Mrs. Carnabuci will be in the Nord Office on Wednesdays and Fridays. She will be in the AJH Office on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Program of Studies

Career & College Readiness

College Credit Plus

Healthy Mind: Small Group Support

As part of the Counseling Program at Amherst Junior High School and Nord Middle School, we are offering a variety of groups to the students this year. A group is anywhere from 3 to 9 students who all share the same concern or program. These groups do not deal with the treatment of psychological disorders. Small group counseling focuses on a particular problem which may be personal, education, social, or vocational. The groups are preventative, short-term, supportive, and developmental. They help the children find a way to cope with stresses, and teach them skills that they can use in everyday life. All groups are completely optional for students.

Groups are held once a week, during a regular school day period, and usually during a study hall time. There will be six to eight group sessions. Please note that we treat all information with strictest confidentiality and the highest respect. Below is a listing of the groups for this upcoming school year (groups are subject to change).

Girls Group: For girls dealing with friendship and self-esteem concerns

Art Break: For children dealing with social concerns

Organization Group: For children dealing with organization concerns

Study Skills Group: For children struggling with academic success

If your child would like to be involved in a group, or if you want your child to participate, please contact a guidance counselor for more information.

Healthy Mind: Lorain County Board of Mental Health

In 1967, state lawmakers passed legislation creating Community Mental Health Boards. The Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) is the local public agency that plans, funds, monitors and evaluates a system of services for residents with mental illness in Lorain County.

A citizen's board of 18 community members decides the services to be provided and funded based upon state requirements and community needs. It also monitors and evaluates delivery of those services. Private, not-for-profit, including independent community agencies are contracted by LCBMH to provide an array of mental health services, including counseling, peer support, community support programs, prevention, consultation, crisis intervention, housing development and management, and vocational employment support.

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Greetings! I am Joanne Carnabuci and I am the 5th and 7th grade Guidance Counselor.


Hello! I am Mary Scott Williams and I am the 6th and 8th grade guidance counselor.