School Counselors

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 school counseling 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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Meet Mrs. Carnabuci

Greetings! I am Joanne Carnabuci and I am the 6th and 8th grade School Counselor. Before I became a school 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 school 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


My name is Mary Scott Williams and I am the 5th and 7th grade School Counselor for the 2018-2019 school year. I am thrilled to begin my fourth year as a school counselor at Amherst Junior High & Nord Middle School. Before becoming a counselor, I taught special education for four year in Amherst. I am very proud to work in the Amherst Exempted Village School District. Outside of my career, I am a Mom of two little ones; Baylee and Henry. We enjoy going to the beach and playing on the playground!

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 all that I can to ensure your child is happy and finds success in the classroom. Please do not hesitate to contact me.

(440) 988-1951

Counselor's Schedule

Due to Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Carnabuci splitting grades 5 through 8, they work at Nord Middle School and Amherst Junior High depending on where the grade is located. Below you'll find their weekly schedule.

Mrs. Williams will at Nord Middle School Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings. She will be at Amherst Junior High School Tuesdays, Thursdays and Friday afternoons.

Mrs. Carnabuci will be at Amherst Junior High Monday through Friday.

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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 Circle: Structured support group for girls which integrates relationship theory, resiliency practices, and skills training. Designed to increase positive connection, strengths, and competence in girls.

Boys Council: Strengths-based group approach to promote boys' and young men's safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years.

Mindfulness Group: An opportunity for children to calm their minds, become more aware in order to work through their anxieties and school stressors.

Study Skills & Organization Group/Open Table Format: Focus' on improving academic success through goal-setting, study skills, and test-taking strategies. Provides opportunity for academic skill-building and a time for sharing and relating to peers on a social level.

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 6th and 8th grade School Counselor.


Hello! I am Mary Scott Williams and I am the 5th and 7th grade School Counselor.