Student Life

School Counseling

Mission and Goals

Archmere Academy’s Office of School Counseling helps students develop a healthy understanding and respect for themselves and others. The School Counseling team seeks to increase students’ problem-solving, decision-making, emotional-management, and academic skills through individual and group counseling sessions, classroom presentations, health coursework, and schoolwide assemblies.

Archmere’s school counselors provide an atmosphere of security, warmth, and encouragement as Archmere students work to reach their fullest potential in the areas of academics, social, and personal character development. The solid foundation they create allows Archmere students to successfully manage their lives as healthy, responsible, productive citizens, who respect themselves and others.

The Office of School Counseling wants students to master the competencies necessary to make informed self-directed, realistic, and responsible decisions to successfully contribute to society.


List of 5 items.

  • Consulting Psychologist

    Dr. Williams is a licensed clinical psychologist who conducts comprehensive psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational evaluations of children, adolescents and college level students, assessing a variety of learning differences (e.g. ADHD, Dyslexia) in private practice.  Dr. Williams has collaborated with Archmere Academy for several years, providing these types of evaluations for our students.  As a school, we know the value of these evaluations and are happy to partner with Dr. Williams to cover a 25% of the cost of her evaluations of our students. 

    Dr. Williams received her B.A. from Williams College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Child/Family Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the AI DuPont Hospital for Children. Dr. Williams was previously a tenured professor in the Department of Psychology at the La Salle University in Philadelphia. There she taught courses related to child and adolescent development, psychopathology, and treatment. She also trained and supervised graduate students in the practice of child/family psychology. Dr. Williams has conducted research and authored multiple peer-reviewed papers on child development and mental health service utilization.  She has also presented her research at national and international conferences. Dr. Williams is also the consulting psychologist at the Independence School and works in private practice.
  • Freshman Orientation Program

    To welcome the freshmen class into the Archmere community, the School Counseling Office and Admissions designed a comprehensive orientation program. Each freshman is assigned a senior “buddy,” and together they tour campus, including walking through the freshman’s daily class schedule. Freshmen also participate in team-building and small group activities, meet their faculty advisor, and receive their class schedule.
  • Health Services

    There is a full-time registered nurse on staff at Archmere Academy to provide health services for all students from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. while school is in session. Parents are expected to inform the nurse of any new or ongoing health problems. If you’re a current parent looking for policies and procedures for illnesses, please refer to the student handbook in MyArchmere. 
  • Individual Counseling

    Archmere Academy focuses on the whole student, which includes mental wellness as well as academic wellness. Each student has a designated school counselor who stays with them throughout their time at Archmere.  Students meet with their counselor during the first few months of the school year and are strongly encouraged to meet with their school counselor individually regarding any concerns regarding their academic career, as well as any personal crisis they may be having. All conversations are kept within professional and ethical confidence.
  • Learning Services

    All students can receive academic support through Archmere’s full-time learning specialist. Students with or without documented learning differences who need assistance with organization, study skills, and tutoring can meet with the learning specialist. This position also serves as a resource for parents and faculty as well. Working closely with all members of the School Counseling Office, the learning specialist ensures the academic needs of all students are met.

Counseling News/ Nurse's Corner

List of 3 news stories.

  • Counseling Update/Message from the Nurse: March 2024

    Counseling Updates & Information

    Aevidum Mental Health Club:

    Our Aevidum Mental Health Club hosted Kindness Week from March 11th to March 14th to encourage, promote, and embed extra kindness throughout our community. It was our hope that the week’s programming would strengthen the already-existing protective factors for mental health conditions that exist within our community, such as compassion and connection.
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  • Marc Ross ‘91 and Herman Ross’ 77 Lunch & Learn

    Counseling Update/Message from the Nurse: February 2024

    Counseling Updates & Information:

    Senior Mentoring Program

    The Student Mentors had their third mentoring session at St. Mary Magdalen School on Wednesday. These sessions comprise of six senior mentors that have been carefully chosen to work with 7th and 8th graders at SMM. The students meet for thirty minutes in the library at St. Mary Magdalen. The students are separated by gender and have the opportunity to talk openly with Archmere seniors about particular topics they are curious about. We cover things such as time management, social issues, athletics, academics just to name a few. The middle schoolers enjoy hearing any kinds of advice our seniors have for them when it comes to making the most out of their high school experience.
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  • Counseling Update/Message from the Nurse: January 2024

    Counseling Updates & Information:

    Fighting the Winter Blues

    Ask yourself, how have you been over the last couple of months? Have you been feeling low on energy? Unable to focus? Always feeling ready to take a nap? This time of year, some people are experiencing (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a type of depression that happens during certain seasons of the year, most often in fall and winter. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, less sunlight and shorter days are linked to a chemical change in the brain and can be a part of SAD, which is commonly called seasonal depression.
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List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Danyele Dove

    Danyele Dove 

    Director of Counseling, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
    302-798-6632 Ext 855
  • Photo of Joanna Doroh

    Joanna Doroh 

    School Counselor; Health Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 870
  • Photo of Jonathan Jezyk

    Jonathan Jezyk 

    School Counselor; Psychology Teacher
    302-798-6632 Ext 716
  • Photo of Francesca Pileggi

    Francesca Pileggi 

    School Counselor & Director of Wellness
    302-798-6632 Ext 871
  • Photo of Lauren Walton

    Lauren Walton 

    Learning Specialist
    302-798-6632 Ext 717
  • Photo of Rebecca Hendrixson

    Rebecca Hendrixson 

    School Nurse; Health Teacher
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.