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Meet the Counselors


Kimberly McCoy, Head Counselor

Mrs. McCoy 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.   

Sara Ward, School Counselor

Mrs. Ward 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.

Kathryn Jacobs, School Counselor 

Mrs. Jacobs earned 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. 

Magdolen Sleman, School Counselor 

Mrs. Sleman earned her Bachelor's in Literature and K8 Teaching Certification from Rutgers University.  For 8 years she enjoyed teaching middle school students and would have never imagined leaving the classroom. Her Masters in Counseling from NJCU opened a new opportunity to serve students in a more personalized capacity.  During the pandemic, she found the opportunity to work towards her licensing in professional counseling.  Mrs. Sleman's 23 years of experience has primarily been with adolescents and now as a mother of teens she continues to strive to support the children and their families with the resources and compassion that are sure to help steer them in a positive direction.