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FRES Counselor Named New York State Master Counselor

Congratulations to French Road Elementary School counselor Marguerite Opett on being selected as a New York State Master Counselor. 

The New York State Master Teacher Program is a professional network of public school teachers and counselors with a passion for inspiring the next generation of educational leaders. Governor Kathy Hochul announced that 147 educators joined the program this year, which now includes over 1,700 master teachers and counselors. This includes 25 counselors who are a part of the inaugural Master Counselor Program.

The Master Counselors are active members of their professional associations and regularly engage with local industries to help students and their families chart a path to student success. The counselors serve in various district-level and state-level roles, joining the program as experienced leaders dedicated to developing and sharing best practices. One third of the Master Counselors hold additional certificates or NYS trainings including Work-Based Learning, National Board, School Violence Prevention and Intervention, and Trauma, Illness and Grief.

Brighton teachers Brad Allen, Patrick Bond, Mike Bonadonna, Laura Byrne, Adam Eck, Rebecca Geary, Marissa Kenrick, Alpa Khandhar, Christopher Law, Stefana Monachino, Jamie Porta, Matthew Schindler, Craig Smith, Ann Marie Swilley, Suzanne Wade, and Jessica Weber were selected as Master Teachers in previous years.