The Essex North Shore Guidance faculty provide comprehensive, school-based services to all students with the goal of nurturing skills for students’ success during high school and beyond. Freshman students are assigned to a Grade 9 freshman counselor who assists them with their transition to a regional, career technical high school.  Grade 9 counselors also work closely with Grade 9 students to assess their career interests in preparation for participation in the Grade 9 Exploratory Program and the ensuing career technical program placement. These freshman counselors continue to work students throughout their ninth grade experience.  Beginning in Grade 10 and through Grade 12, students are assigned to an Academy-specific Guidance Counselor consistent with their career technical/agricultural program.  

At all grade levels, students participate in academic and career guidance lessons delivered by guidance counselors throughout each year and students graduate having developed a Four-Year Career Plan with the support of the guidance counselors.  Students and their families may access information in their respective student’s Career Plan and explore career and college opportunities on their student’s Naviance/Family Connections account (link below).

All students have access to supportive interventions from guidance counselors and school adjustment counselors (contact information below) to address their developmental, social, and emotional needs. Collaboration with caregivers is also an essential component of our guidance model. Caregivers are encouraged to contact their student’s counselor as circumstances arise. Appointments with guidance and school adjustment counselors are welcome and can be scheduled by emailing or calling the counselor directly(contact information below).

The Guidance department also sponsors the following parent information sessions annually:


New Parent Orientation
College Fair
Senior Parent College & Career Planning Night
College Financial Aid Night (MEFA)
Freshmen CTE Program Selection Parent Info Night
Freshman Family CTE Program Fair
Sophomore & Junior Parent Night
August 21, 2018
October 3, 2018
October 3, 2018
October 17, 2018
November 7, 2018
January 3, 2019
March 6, 2019

News & Updates




Information about available scholarships is available in Naviance.  Contact your guidance counselor with questions about scholarships or college and career planning.


If you or your organization are interested in offering a scholarship to Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical High School students, please contact us at [email protected]

SAT & ACT Important Dates

TestTest DateTest Registration Deadline
SATNovember 3, 2018October 5, 2018
SATDecember 1, 2018November 2, 2018
ACTDecember 8, 2018November 2, 2018
ACTFebruary 9, 2019January 11, 2019
SATMarch 9, 2019February 8, 2019
ACTApril 13, 2019March 8, 2019
SATMay 4, 2019April 5, 2019
ACTJune 8, 2019May 3, 2019
SATJune 1, 2019May 3, 2019
ACTJuly 13, 2019June 14, 2019
**All SAT registrations are done through and your College Board account.
**All ACT registrations are done at and through your ACT account.

Guidance Staff

NamePhotoPositionContact Information
Ms. Marian GarabedianGarabedianGuidance & Admissions Administrative Assistant [email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 3312
Ms. Sandra GoldsteinGoldsteinDirector of Guidance[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 3312
Ms. Casey O'Donnell O'DonnellGuidance Counselor, A-Building [email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 1108
Ms. Kristin DohertyDohertyGuidance Counselor, B-Building [email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 1109
Ms. Julie Montague MontagueGuidance Counselor, D-Building [email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 5109
Mr. Jason Loring LoringGuidance Counselor, E-Building[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 5108
Ms. Michelle HardingGrade 9 Guidance Counselor[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 4107
Mr. Daniel Connors ConnorsGrade 9 Guidance Counselor[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 4106
Ms. Heather DentonDentonAdjustment Counselor[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 5206
Ms. Emily OuelletAdjustment Counselor[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 5208
Ms. Ashley ForsterSchool Adjustment Counselor[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 5207
Ms. Cara MorettiSchool Adjustment Counselor[email protected](978) 304-4700 ext. 5201
Ms. Kelly MelloMelloAdmissions & Grade 9 Counselor[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 4105
Ms. Wendy fAdmissions & Grade 9 Counselorwj[email protected]
(978) 304-4700 ext. 8315

Sandra Goldstein, Director of Guidance

Sandra Goldstein joined the District in 2014 as the freshman guidance and admissions counselor. The following year, Ms. Goldstein was appointed to Director of Guidance and Admissions. Ms. Goldstein brings to the District a wealth of guidance experience.

Prior to joining Essex North Shore, Ms. Goldstein served as a school adjustment and guidance counselor for Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School. Ms. Goldstein also served as her previous District’s curriculum and testing coordinator.
Ms. Goldstein earned a Bachelor Degree in Government from Colby College and a Master Degree in Social Work from Salem State University. Additionally, Ms. Goldstein holds several Massachusetts education certifications and licenses. Her professional memberships include the Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA), Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) where she was a Leadership Academy I graduate in 2012, North Shore Guidance Directors Association (NSGDA), National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and American School Counselor Association (ASCA).