H. B. Whitehorne Middle School
Phone: 973.571.6751 x2015
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Rutgers University M.Ed. Rutgers Graduate School of Education M.A. Montclair State University
Ms. Lynn Schussel
Hello! My name is Lynn Schussel and I am proud to introduce myself to you as HBW's Carnegie House School Counselor!
The 2023-24 school year will be my fourth year at HBW (time really flies)! Despite a very atypical first couple years due to COVID, I have really enjoyed being a part of the HB community and am always looking forward to all that is to come! Before joining the HBW staff, I spent six years working as a counselor for the Franklin Township Public Schools in Somerset, NJ. Prior to that, I volunteered over 1,700 hours through AmeriCorps as an Education Specialist in Orange, NJ. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, an M.Ed. with a focus in School Counseling from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University.
I am passionate about education because our jobs are so critical in shaping the trajectory of the lives of our students. School counselors are crucial to developing academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success for all. I believe each and every student has dignity, worth, and the capacity to learn in a safe school environment. Here at HBW, I provide a comprehensive counseling program, including classroom guidance, academic planning, responsive services, and system support.
When I'm not in school, you can find me at the gym, on the couch with a good book, traveling, or, when it's warm, in the sand at the beach. I work part-time as a fitness coach at Orangetheory. I'm also a voracious reader and love tearing through the list of New York Times bestsellers, listening to audiobooks and podcasts, playing Scrabble, and doing crossword puzzles. This summer, my fiancé and I adopted a golden retriever puppy, Charley, and we are obsessed with her!
I'm very much looking forward to working with you and your student(s) this year!
PS. Don't forget to check out HBW's School Counseling website!