Ms. LaPlante has served as a counselor at Amity Regional High School since 2008, and is in her sixteenth year as an Amity employee. Prior to serving as a high school counselor, she was a counselor for two years at the Amity Middle School in Bethany, and an English teacher for seven years at the Amity Middle School in Orange. Ms. LaPlante completed her undergraduate studies at Fairfield University (Major: English, Minor: Education), a Master’s Degree at Fairfield University (School Counseling), and a Sixth Year Degree at Southern Connecticut State University (Educational Leadership).
Ms. LaPlante was selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates through a process that included a comprehensive screening, committee interview, performance task, and presentation. Candidates who excelled in all parts of the initial process were selected to participate in a final interview.
The Amity Regional High School Director of Counseling is responsible for overseeing a department of eight counselors, a Career Center Director, a social worker, a student assistance counselor, three school psychologists, and additional support staff. The goal of the position is to develop, articulate, and ensure the smooth and effective delivery of a comprehensive developmental counseling program for students in grades 9-12.
Ms. LaPlante said, “I’m excited about this opportunity. I’m looking forward to building on a long-standing tradition of excellence at Amity, and further enhancing our academic, career, and social programs geared to ensuring students are prepared for life after high school.” Historically, over 92% of students graduating from Amity go on to two- and four-year colleges or universities.
As the Director of Counseling, Ms. LaPlante will be charged with the responsibility of managing the college search and application process, as well as providing resources for non-college bound students – thus ensuring that all Amity students are well prepared for the broad range of opportunities that are available to them after high school. Amity Regional High School Principal Dr. Charles Britton said, “The responsibilities assigned to the Director of Counseling are critical. Our students and parents rely on a high-quality counseling department to guide them through the critical process of post-secondary planning. Ms. LaPlante has a keen insight into this process, and has articulated a clear vision that will lead Amity to even greater levels of success. I’m looking forward to having her as part of Amity’s leadership team.” Superintendent of Schools Charles Dumais added, “Jill demonstrated great energy and insight throughout the process. We are confident that she possesses the technical and adaptive leadership skills necessary to capitalize on current strengths and develop opportunities for growth.”
Ms. LaPlante will assume the responsibilities of Director of Counseling on November 11, 2014.