Dan RubinDirector of Guidance, Goldrick & Goodwin House Counselor
Mr. Rubin enters his fourth year as the Director of Guidance at Newton South after serving in the same role at Canton High School for eight years. Prior to that Mr. Rubin worked as a School Guidance Counselor at Wellesley High School and Duxbury High School. Mr. Rubin earned a B.A. in Psychology at Yale University, an M.S. in Applied Educational Psychology at Northeastern University, and an M.Ed. in Organizational Management from Endicott College. Mr. Rubin is originally from Newton and is a proud Newton South alumnus. Mr. Rubin is an loyal avid over-the-top Patriots fan and also loves to cook. He and his wife have a son (10 yrs old) and a daughter (7 yrs old) and a beautiful goldendoodle.
Amani AllenWheeler House Counselor617-559-6543
Mr. Allen enters his third year as a Wheeler House counselor since returning to his alma mater. Mr. Allen began his counseling career at Randolph High School before moving to Virginia and working as a middle school counselor at Stone Hill Middle School in Loudon County, VA. Upon his return to Massachusetts, most recently, Mr. Allen has been a high school counselor at Dorchester Academy in Boston. A lover of nature and outdoor activities, Mr. Allen enjoys camping, hiking, swimming and running. He recently completed his first marathon in May in Providence! In addition, Mr. Allen enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Sue Batler (Christina Brown job shares with Ms. Batler on Wednesdays)
Ms. Batler is a Goldrick House counselor who has been at Newton South since 1999. She attended BU, Harvard University and Southern Connecticut State University. Before working at Newton South, she worked for 13 years as a vocational counselor and helped injured employees return to work. Outside of school she is busy with her family and her hobbies of knitting, cooking, and watching sports.
Ms. Brown began her job-share with Ms. Batler in 2018. She previously worked in the Guidance Office at The English High School in Jamaica Plain, after over a decade serving students in the non-profit sector in Boston. She is a graduate of Clark University and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Outside of work, she spends her time parenting two sons and competing in triathlons.
Stacey BishopSchool Adjustment Counselor & METCO Counselor
Ms. Bishop returns to Newton as a School Adjustment Counselor and METCO Counselor following over a decade working as a counselor in the student life department at Northeastern University. Ms. Bishop has previously worked as a METCO Counselor in Newton and as a School Counselor in the Randolph schools.
Hae-Kyung ChoiWheeler and Goldrick House Counselor
Ms. Choi is excited to start her sixth year as a counselor in Wheeler and Goldrick House. Before coming to Newton South, she worked as a middle and high school guidance counselor for seventeen years in the Boston Public Schools. She holds a B.A. in Psychology & History and a M.Ed. in School Counseling. Ms. Choi loves working with young people to discover their strengths and realize their goals.
Brian DeLeskey, MSW, LICSWPrevention / Intervention Counselor
Brian DeLeskey has a Master's degree in Social Work from Boston College. He has over 26 years of experience working with children and their families, especially the adolescent population. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and has his own small private clinical practice. Brian enters his third year at Newton South following 22 years working for the Department of Children and Families (DCF), where he served as the Supervisor to the Adolescent Specialty Unit. Brian shares a love for working with families and adolescents struggling with addictions, trauma-reactive behavior, and school challenges. He has vast knowledge of 12-Step recovery and adolescent substance abuse resources.
Chris HardimanGoldrick House Counselor
Mr. Hardiman is a counselor in Goldrick House and has been involved in school counseling for over fifteen years. Before coming to South, he worked at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, Curtis Middle School in Sudbury, and LABBB Collaborative, a special education program in Lexington. Mr. Hardiman has a B.A. from Holy Cross College and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. He loves working with high school students and helping them to follow their dreams. Mr. Hardiman loves to ski, is an avid fan of Boston sports and Irish music, and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Ari KenyonGoldrick House Counselor
Ms. Kenyon joins Goldrick House following several years teaching Latin at both Notre Dame Academy and Waltham High School. Ms. Kenyon is also a former NCAA Division 1 soccer player at Dartmouth College and coaches both cross country and track & field.
David KershawGoodwin House Counselor
Mr. Kershaw is a counselor in Goodwin House and he has been at South for eleven years. Prior to joining the Guidance Department, Mr. Kershaw was a counselor in the Compass program, which serves special education students with emotional needs. Mr. Kershaw says that the work of helping students navigate the many complexities of high school and beyond is extremely gratifying. In his eyes, knowing yourself is one of the most valuable tools you can carry with you beyond high school, and he strives to support students in building this understanding of self at every opportunity.
Aaron LewisWheeler House Counselor
Mr. Lewis is a counselor in Wheeler House and has worked in Newton as a counselor for twenty-two years. This is his tenth year working at South and he also worked at Brown Middle School. Mr. Lewis is from Larchmont, NY, and went to BU for undergrad and UVM for grad school. He coaches baseball and is involved with the ski club at both South and Brown.
James MedeirosCutler House Counselor
Mr. Medeiros has been a counselor in Cutler House for the past eleven years. Before coming to South, he worked at a large urban high school with a diverse, multi-cultural population. Mr. Medeiros is also a licensed clinical social worker. He enjoys running and has participated in many 5K races. Joining the DreamFar Marathon team 3 years ago, he has since successfully completed 2 marathons. Mr. Medeiros loves to travel. He has been to many different countries and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages. He speaks Portuguese and limited Spanish. He loves reading about history and he likes to cook. He also has the best cat in the world! Just ask him to see a picture.
Nicole MottleyGoldrick House Counselor & Clinical Care Counselor
Ms. Nicole Mottley joined Newton Public Schools in 2000 as a Middle School Counselor. She has since worked as a Title 1 School Adjustment Counselor, Elementary School Social Worker, and High School Guidance and Clinical Care Counselor. Ms. Mottley also has experience as a METCO Counselor, Consultant to Head Start, and as a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in clinic settings and private practice. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Child Study from Tufts University, and Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. Ms. Mottley finds helping young people gain a sense of their self-worth and potential to be gratifying work.
Katherine RafuseCutler & Goodwin House Counselor
Ms. Rafuse has a Bachelors degree from the University of New Hampshire, where she was also a varsity Track & Field athlete, and a Masters in Counseling from Assumption College. Ms. Rafuse joins the Guidance Department after having trained at Lexington High School. In addition to her work counseling students, Ms. Rafuse also coaches Track & Field.
Kathleen SabetCollege & Career Counselor
Mrs. Sabet is now in her her fifth year working with the students, families and staff at Newton South High School as the full time College & Career Counselor. Mrs. Sabet has more than fifteen years experience in secondary schools, college settings and private college counseling organizations. Prior to coming to Newton South, Mrs. Sabet spent two years as a School Counselor at Calabasas High School in California. Before moving to the west coast, she worked at Westborough and Sharon High Schools. Mrs. Sabet has a B.S. from Mary Washington College, an M.A. from Lesley University and her Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Mrs. Sabet enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, traveling and she adores her welsh corgis. She loves working with students and assisting them in their journey toward self-discovery while providing guidance throughout the college admissions and career planning process. Go Lions!
Donna SegalCutler House Counselor
Ms. Segal has been a guidance counselor for twenty-nine years. After working at Shrewsbury High and Learning Prep School, Ms. Segal worked as a middle school guidance counselor at Wayland Middle School and Oak Hill Middle School in Newton. Ms. Segal has been a counselor in Cutler House for sixteen years. A graduate of NSHS, Ms. Segal has a B.A. from Brandeis University, an M.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Northeastern University. She is a certified school adjustment counselor and holds several licenses in school administration. Ms. Segal is the co-chair of the Newton South Safety Team. A former high school and college athlete, Ms. Segal is an avid Red Sox and Celtics fan. She has a particular interest in school crisis response and management. Ms. Segal loves working with teenagers and enjoys helping them identify their strengths, pursue their interests and attain their goals.
Sarah StyleGoodwin House Counselor
Ms. Style is entering her sixth year as a counselor in Goodwin House. Prior to coming to South, she was a high school counselor in the Boston Public Schools for five years. Ms. Style earned a B.A. from Colby College with a double major in Sociology and Theater & Dance, and a minor in Religious Studies, and holds an Ed.M. and a C.A.S. from Harvard Graduate School of Education in counseling. She enjoys supporting students as they strive to articulate and accomplish their academic and personal goals.
Katani SumnerMETCO Counselor
This is Ms. Sumner’s eleventh year at South after working at Pierce Elementary School as the literacy specialist for four years. In the role of METCO counselor, Ms. Sumner provides social, emotional and academic support for the Boston resident students at South and she serves as the advisor for the Black Student Union. As a certified teacher she is also thrilled to be a co-teacher in the African-American Literature senior elective as well as the Director of the Harambee Gospel Choir. A native Bostonian and former METCO student, she has an AB in Psychology from Brown University and a Master's Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She loves being able to work in several departments and in different capacities at Newton South and getting to know students throughout the entire school population.
Kara VeleyGoodwin House Counselor
Ms. Veley has a B.A. from Middlebury College in Psychology and Spanish and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to working at Newton South, Ms. Veley worked with students at Bentley University. She has been at Newton South for twelve years. In addition to supporting South students, Ms. Veley works with the ELL department to support South's visiting international students. She enjoys helping students figure out what is important to them and where they want to go.