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The Emerson Board of Education announces with great pleasure and pride the recent appointment of Kelly Riedel to the position of Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade Director of Guidance. Ms. Riedel will supervise the Guidance Department’s school counseling services, the college/career planning process, and work alongside the building administration and teachers to oversee the academic and social/emotional growth of Emerson’s 1,200 students.
A native of Westwood, Ms. Riedel’s career has spanned all grade levels from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade. After interning at Park Ridge High School, Ms. Riedel served as the K-8 Guidance Counselor at Harrington Park School, and as a high school Guidance Counselor at Ramapo-Indian Hills and Northern Valley-Demarest High Schools. “I look forward to adding to the already strong program that Emerson offers its students,” Riedel said. “A comprehensive district-wide counseling program will be a tremendous benefit to the entire school district.”
Ms. Riedel has been involved in helping students prepare and plan for academic, career and social transitions throughout their education, has worked closely with families, and is deeply familiar with the college selection process. She is excited to begin her new role and looks forward to working with our Board of Education, students, staff, administration, and parents to continue the great tradition of academic excellence that the Emerson Public Schools are known for.
Ms. Riedel earned her BA in Elementary Education from Montclair State University and her MA in School Counseling (K-12) from Montclair State University. She is also an active member of the Bergen County School Counselors’ Association and has participated in multiple college-sponsored conferences, tours and workshops.
The Emerson Public Schools are a highly regarded suburban school system located fifteen miles northwest of New York City in Bergen County, New Jersey. Aptly known as the “Family Town,” and “The Best Kept Secret in the Pascack Valley,” Emerson receives national recognition and ranks near the top in student achievement among New Jersey’s demographically-similar districts. The district serves just under 1200 students in three educational centers: separate PreK-2, 3-6, and 7-12 school buildings, each with an average grade-level population of less than 100 students. Please visit our website at www.emerson.k12.nj.us.
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