Counseling Department Staff
WELCOME TO HUNTINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
The goal of the counseling team is to help students succeed in their academic and personal lives. This help may take many forms and offers a confidential environment where students can explore solutions to their problems. The counseling team is available to provide personal support and academic guidance not only to achieve success in school but in preparation for leading fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
Counseling Team Members
June Gonzalez, MS, P.P.S.
Counseling Department Chair, Student Wellness Coordinator
Mrs. Gonzalez is on-site Monday - Friday
Wellness/Mental Health, Clinical Counseling Interns (2022- 23):
Meridith Sarah Bethany Jesse Peijen
Murdock. Gomez. Miertschin Romo Chen
Vivi Geng, Wellness Center Technician for SMHS & HMS
Tonya El-Hindi, SMHS Titan Wellness Center, Supervising Clinician
Don Duranso, MS
Mr. Duranso is on-site Monday - Friday
School Psychologist Intern (2021-22):
The Middle School Journey…
Middle school is an exciting yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interest, connecting their learning in the classroom to it’s practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments of others; and a heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.