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
Heather MacRae – School Counselor
Ms. MacRae counsels students in grades 9 through 12 and is the co-advisor to the peer mentor program and the hero’s and cool kids program. Before joining the counseling department, she was a physical education and health teacher at Old Tappan for eight years. Ms. MacRae holds a BS from Springfield College and an MA in counseling from Montclair State 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, Ms. MacRae enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and most of all spending time with her family!
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
Kerstin Stewart - School Counselor - (Maternity Leave for Melissa Vion)
Ms. Stewart is a graduate of Ithaca College (BM), Niagra University (MS Ed) and Caldwell University (MA). Currently she is a PhD Student at Walden University pursuing her doctoral degree in I/O Psychology. Ms. Stewart counsels students in grades 9 through 12. She came to Northern Valley - Old Tappan with a diversified background in Music Education, School Counseling and School Administration in both New York and New Jersey public education systems.
Ms. Stewart has enjoyed the oppurtunity to collaborate with the NVOT School community, and NVOT's School Counseling Department, and looks forward to future educational endeavors.
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. She is excited to be a part of the NVOT guidance department. 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