Welcome to the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Counseling Department
The counseling department strives to facilitate and maintain open communication with teachers, parents, and students to assist students in achieving their fullest academic and social potential.
Head Guidance Counselor:
Betty Ferry (732 650-5290 Ext. 3220)
Kim McCoy (732 650-5290 Ext. 3205)
Sara Rubin (732 650-5290 Ext. 3207)
Nancy Tortajada, Secretary
(732 650-5290 Ext. 3208)
Meet the Counselors
Betty Ferry, Head Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Ferry is the Head Guidance Counselor and Anti-Bullying Specialist at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She is a life-long Edison resident and a former graduate of John P Stevens High School. Her career path has taken her in many directions, all of which provided valuable learning experiences. After completing her teaching degree at Kean University, she taught Grades 3 - 5 before moving on to teach the Aademically Talented Program. In order to enhance her knowledge and understanding of the students, she continued to complete her Masters Degree in Counseling/Student Personnel Services as well as obtaining a supervisory certification. Her counseling career began at the elementary level before moving to the middle school counseling team at TJMS. Education is a very important part of her life and guiding the personal growth and development of students is her main goal. She enjoys spending summers at the Jersey shore with her family.
Kimberly McCoy, Guidance Counselor
Mrs. McCoy was born and raised in northern NJ and obtained her Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling from Montclair State University. She has worked as a school counselor at the elementary level and middle school level. She enjoys helping students with their transitions to middle school, navigating the many challenges of adolescence and creating plans for their futures. She is available to assist students with academic, behavioral, social, and personal concerns in order to facilitate their success. Mrs. McCoy is the Homeless Shelter Liason for TJMS. She is always working hard to help each child achieve excellence at our school.
Sara Rubin, Guidance Counselor
Ms. Rubin earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and her Master of Science in Education Degree in School Counseling from Monmouth University. In her free time, she likes to volunteer at dog rescue events assisting dogs find forever homes. She also enjoys running, and she completed her first half marathon in Long Branch in May, 2012. She believes that pushing your limits and setting high goals for yourself can lead to personal and educational success. To better assist her students, she is currently obtaining more credits in a Post-Masters Program to enhance her knowledge in different areas of school counseling. She believes that open communication and positive reinforcement are very important in the success of her students.