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Guidance Counselor


Dear Parents/Guardians,

My name is Marisa Hanrahan and I am your child's new School Counselor. I am so happy to be here!

I wanted to give you some background about me and let you know how I can support you and your child/children throughout this school year. I am a former Elementary Teacher (I taught 1st & 2nd grade for a number of years), I spent six years working in Australia as Leading Teacher of a children's wellness organization teaching social & emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness classes in K-12 schools and presenting workshops to teachers and school staff about how to incorporate mindfulness and SEL into the classroom. Last school year I worked as a K-5 School Counselor in Florida and this is my first year in the Lyndhurst School District. 

My goal as a School Counselor is to ensure that every child is succeeding socially, emotionally and academically. I do this through:

Weekly social/emotional learning (SEL) lesson in each classroom

  • Individual and small group support sessions
  • Behavior modification support
  • Academic support
  • Character education  
  • School wide initiatives
  • Providing information about child development
  • Weekly parent letter to explain the SEL topic of the week and ways you can continue the learning at home

I offer various support sessions including, but not limited to:

  • Grief
  • Changing families
  • Anxiety/worries
  • Academic support 
  • Behavior modification
  • Social skills
  • Friendship  

If you'd like to set up an appointment with me to discuss the needs of your child, or would like to refer your child for brief, short-term school based counseling, please send me an email or complete the below form:


Wishing you a great year ahead! 


Warm regards,


Marisa Hanrahan

School Counselor 

Washington School - MWF

Memorial School - T TH