Company: Belleville High School
Location: North Caldwell, New Jersey, United States
Suzy Marotta, Counselors at Belleville High School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational counseling.
Following obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology and education at Saint Peters University in Jersey City, Ms. Marotta followed with a Master of Arts in counseling in 1995 from New Jersey City University. She subsequently earned a graduate certificate in special education with Caldwell University in Caldwell, New Jersey.
After serving as a special education teacher for eight years, Ms. Marotta has flourished as a coordinator of intervention and referral services for three decades with Belleville High School, where her responsibilities include working with students academically, emotionally, and socially; helping students with scheduling, academic programs, college and trade school interest; placing qualifying students in internships; and intervention and referral services for students who are struggling.
To assist students having difficulty with material, Ms. Marotta meets with the teachers, parents and the student to determine what they can do in the classroom, what interventions can they implement to help the struggling student succeed. If the interventions are unsuccessful, she then refers them to the child study team and they are tested and evaluated for any possible learning disability.
Ms. Marotta attributes her success to her family, particularly the love and support of her parents, who supported her education. She also attributes her success to the high school principal who hired her for trusting and believing in her. Ms. Marotta became involved in her profession because she aspired to become a teacher from a very young age. Encouraged by her advisor at St. Peters University, she decided to pursue a master’s degree in counseling to continue a career path in the education field.
Receiving the Counselor of the Year Award was one of Ms. Marotta’s career highlights. She is also most proud of being able to help children through community service such as bringing Christmas presents and Easter baskets to children with parents who are terminally ill in hospitals and daycare centers as well as supporting homeless feeding and soup kitchens in the community. In the coming years, Ms. Marotta hopes to continue her work as a school counselor. She is content and happy with her life as a counselor as well as her life with her family.
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