About the Director of Guidance

  • Mrs. Dalton joined the Sparta Township School District in 2004 as a guidance counselor after spending the first years of her career as a teacher, in various grades from kindergarten to third grade to high school.  In 2010, she became the Student Assistance Coordinator working with students in a variety of areas including interventions and bullying.  Beginning in 2015, Mrs. Dalton became the Director of Guidance of Sparta High School.  She possesses a B.A. in Child Development from Thomas Edison University, a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Fairleigh-Dickinson University and an Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the Concordia University.  Mrs. Dalton also has an outside counseling practice and is an adjunct teacher at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

    “My quest as an educator is to take into consideration the whole person, along with the learning environment, and work to enhance both so that education can be seen as vital and invigorating as well as rewarding.”


  • The Guidance Department is a comprehensive and innovative center which provides students in grades 9 through 12 with academic, personal, social, career and further education counseling. The department consists of a Director of Guidance, five school counselors and two clerical staff. All members of the department are skilled practitioners in the delivery of guidance services and are dedicated to helping students reach their greatest potential within an optimum learning environment.

    The Sparta High School Guidance Department subscribes to the developmental counseling approach. This means that counseling services are planned, proactive and preventative. The developmental model helps students acquire self-understanding, practice coping strategies, clarify issues or explore alternatives common to their "developmental stage" and age. In the model, the developmental focus is preventative by design and reduces the need for crisis or problem-centered services later.

    Students may arrange sessions with their counselor simply by signing up for an appointment utilizing the "Request for Appointment" form on the counter in the Guidance Office. In most instances, an appointment will be scheduled in one to two days. More often, counselors will initiate sessions with students on a continuing basis throughout the year to monitor academic progress and personal growth. Since counselors work with their assigned students from grades 9-12, an effective, dynamic relationship can be established to help promote maximum achievement.

    The school counselors also encourage communication between home and school in addressing student decision-making and problem-solving situations. Counselors are always available to meet with parents or to assist in arranging parent-teacher conferences. Day and evening programs run by the department address transition, career education, standardized testing (PARCC, PSAT, SAT and ACT), scheduling, further education and financial aid planning.

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