Meet the Counselors
Kimberly McCoy, Head Counselor
Mrs. McCoy is the 8th grade counselor and the AVID site coordinator at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Community Services from The University of Delaware, a Master of Science degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Montclair State University. She has worked as a school counselor at the elementary and middle school level. She enjoys helping students with their transition to middle school, navigating the many challenges of adolescence and creating plans for their futures. Mrs. McCoy is available to assist students with academic, behavioral, social and personal concerns in order to facilitate their success. She is always working hard to help each student achieve success at TJMS.
Kathryn Jacobs, School Counselor
Mrs. Jacobs is thrilled to be joining the counseling staff at TJMS this year as the 7th grade counselor. After earning her Bachelor’s in Literature and K12 Teaching Certification from Ramapo College of New Jersey, she spent 7 years teaching middle school Language Arts and coaching competitive cheerleading. In 2018 she earned her Master’s in School Counseling from Seton Hall University. Mrs. Jacobs has both clinical and school counseling experience and she believes that all students can be successful if given the proper tools and support. Along with the wonderful faculty at TJ, Mrs. Jacobs will create a safe, welcoming and encouraging environment for all of her students that fosters their academic, social and emotional development and success.
Sara Ward, School Counselor
Mrs. Ward is the 6th grade counselor at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut, and her Master of Science in Education Degree in School Counseling from Monmouth University. Mrs. Ward enjoys running in her spare time and has completed a few half marathons. She believes that pushing your limits and setting high goals for yourself can lead to personal and educational success. Mrs. Ward feels that open communication and positive reinforcement are very important in the success of her students.