Phone – 201-784-1600 Fax – 201-768-7724
The Northern Valley Guidance Department is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC). All school counselors are members of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC) and the Bergen County School Counselors Association (BCSCA).
Matthew P. Spatz – District Director of Guidance
Matthew Spatz directs and coordinates both the Demarest and Old Tappan high school guidance departments in the role of Director of Guidance for the Northern Valley Regional High School District. Mr. Spatz is in the Demarest building on Monday morning, Tuesday and Thursday, and in the Old Tappan building on Monday afternoon, Wednesday and Friday.
Before coming to Old Tappan as a school counselor in 2002, Mr. Spatz worked in Ramapo High School as an English teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree from Willilam Paterson University. He is a member of the American School Counselors Association, New Jersey School Counselors Association, and the Bergen County School Counselors Association, as well as the National Association of College Admissions Counselors and New Jersey Association of College Admissions Counselors.
Mr. Spatz enjoys working with a wonderful team of caring professionals whose mission it is to deliver a compehensive counseling program that helps all students understand themselves better and strive towards their potential.
Contact: Ext. 24150
Kerri Hubbard – NVOT Lead Guidance Counselor
Ms. Hubbard has been a member of the Northern Valley High School District since 2008. She started as a guidance counselor in the Demarest building and then became Assistant Principal. Ms. Hubbard is now the Lead Counselor in the Old Tappan building, managing a student caseload and overseeing the daily operations of the Guidance Department.
Ms. Hubbard attended West Chester University where she earned her BS in Early Childhood Education. Prior to receiving her MA in counseling from Montclair State University, she taught elementary education in the Northvale school system. Ms. Hubbard worked at Bergen County Academies and New Milford High School as a counselor before coming to Northern Valley in 2008. She is a member of the American School Counselors Association, New Jersey School Counselors Association and the Bergen County School Counselors Associations, as well as the National Association of College Admissions Counselors and New Jersey Association of College Admissions Counselors. She is the Old Tappan High School test coordinator for the PARCC, NJBCT and the College Board AP Exam Program. She serves as a liaison between the Guidance Department,
Child Study team and 504 Committee. She also is the testing coordinator for the PSAT, SAT and ACT Exam programs.
Contact: Ext. 24100
Lydia Greco – Student Assistance Counselor
Mrs. Greco provides counseling, assessments, crisis intervention, support groups and referrals to students, grades 9 through 12. She also organizes presentations for parents and students. She is a member of the Crisis Team and consultant for the NVOT - IRST. ~Prior to coming to NVOT, Mrs. Greco worked as for Straight & Narrow, Inc since 1998. While there, she served in various clinical and administrative roles. Mrs. Greco is currently part of the Guild Counseling Group in Midland Park and has maintained a part time private practice there since 2006, specializing in the treatment of addictions with adults and adolescents.
Mrs. Greco attended Felician College where she earned a BA in Psychology. She completed her graduate work at Montclair State University where she earned an MA in Counseling (Specialization in Addictions/SAC) and Post-Graduate Certificate in Advanced Counseling. Mrs. Greco is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) and is certified as a Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC).
Mrs. Greco loves music and spends personal time attending many live music events with her husband.
Contact: Ext. 24430
Meghan Coren – School Counselor (Maternity leave for Heather MacRae)
Miss Coren counsels students in grades 9 through 12. Before joining the counseling department, she counseled students at Ramsey HighSchool, Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro and West Milford HighSchool. She worked as a long-term Substitute German Teacher and then a long-term Substitute Life Skills Teacher at Eric Smith Middle School in Ramsey, and a long-term Substitute 9th-Grade English Teacher at Bergen County Technical High School. Miss Coren holds a BA in International Affairs from James Madison University in VA, and an M.Ed. in Professional Counseling from William Paterson University. She is a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling, American School Counselors Association, NewJersey School Counselors Association, and the Bergen County School Counselors Association. Outside of
work, Miss Coren enjoys cooking, reading, racquet sports, being inthe sun, and hearing live music.
Contact: Ext. 24380
Laura Cavanaugh – School Counselor
Mrs. Cavanaugh counsels students in the 9th through 12th grades and is excited to be a part of the NVOT guidance team. Prior to her counseling position at NVOT, she was a guidance counselor at Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, NJ since 2007. Before working as a school counselor, she was an art teacher in both the New York City Public Schools as well as in the Wayne School System for four years. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from DePaul University in Chicago and has also completed a Post– Baccalaureate Program in Educational Instruction. While teaching in NYC, she completed her MS degree in School Counseling from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2006. In 2009, she also completed a Post–Master’s Program in Educational Leadership through NJEXCEL.
Laura is a member of the American School Counselor Association, the New Jersey School Counselor Association and the Bergen County School Counselor Association as well as the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling. In her free time, she enjoys being with her two children and loves to travel, paint and snowboard.
Contact: Ext. 24120
Laura Rupp – School Counselor
Mrs. Laura Rupp counsels students in grades 9 through 12. She also co- advises Peer Mediation. Before joining the counseling department, Mrs. Rupp spent 6 years as a Spanish teacher and guidance counselor at Charles DeWolf Middle School in Old Tappan. She earned a BS from The College of New Jersey and a MA in School Counseling from Long Island University. She is a member of the New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling, American School Counselors Association, New Jersey School Counselors Association, and the Bergen County Professional Counselors Association. Outside of work, Mrs. Rupp enjoys watching the New York Giants and Yankees, traveling around the world and exercising.
Contact: Ext. 24170
Melissa Vion - School Counselor
With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from SUNY Old Westbury, as well as a Master's degree in School Counseling from Hofstra University, and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Mrs. Vion has an extremely diversified background. She began her education career in 2003 in the New York State school system, serving as an elementary level Dean of Students in the Huntington Union Free School District on Long Island.
In 2006, upon her arrival to New Jersey, she began her high school counseling profession at Ridgewood High School. Joining the Northern Valley team, Mrs. Vion assists students in grades nine through twelve, and in addition to her counseling responsibilities, serves as the advisor of the Gifted and Talented Program.
Professionally, she is a member of the American School Counselors Association, New Jersey Counselors Association, and the Bergen County Professional Counselors Association.
Contact: Ext. 24110
Matthew Corso – School Counselor
A graduate of the Paramus Public Schools, Swarthmore College (BA), and New Jersey City University (MA), Mr. Corso joins the NVOT Guidance Staff for the 2016-2017 school year. His caseload includes all grades, from freshman through seniors. Mr. Corso is a member of the Bergen County School Counselor’s Association and the American School Counselors Association. Before coming to NVOT Mr. Corso was a School Counselor at Teaneck High School. Beyond NVOT, Mr. Corso is an advocate for local history. He is the Chairman of the Paramus Historic Preservation Commission and works tirelessly to help restore his brother’s Craftsman/Colonial Revival home in Bergen County.
Contact: Ext. 24160
Amanda Fitzpatrick - School Counselor
Mrs. Fitzpatrick counsels students in grades 9 through 12. Before joining us at NVOT, Mrs. Fitzpatrick taught English at Northern Highlands High School and Pascack Valley High School. She earned a BS in English Education from Boston University and an MA in School Counseling from NJCU.
Mrs. Fitzpatrick is a member of the American School Counselors Association, New Jersey School Counselors Association, and the Bergen County Professional Counselors Association. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, watching Shark Week, and spending time with her family.
Contact: Ext. 24360
Mrs. Jenise Esposito - Administrative Secretary
Mrs. Marie Orr - Associate Secretary
Mrs. Amy Luby - Associate Secretary