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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. 

Dashua Hinton, School Counselor 

Mrs. Hinton earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Kean University, a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from UMDNJ/Rutgers University  and completed additional Post Masters work in the area of School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Kean University.  She is dually licensed as a Professional Counselor and Rehabilitation Counselor and has dedicated her work within various populations in such settings as in Crisis, Community Agencies, Public and Charter Schools ( K-12), in addition to teaching in Higher Education.  She has provided services to students and individuals for the last decade.  She believes that every student has the potential to succeed when provided the nourishment and cultivation to grow emotionally, socially and academically.  Mrs. Hinton is a long time resident of Edison and a graduate of the Edison Public School District.  She welcomes the opportunity each day  to finally give back to her community where she owes much of her success.  Her motto in life is “The Best is Yet to Come.”