About Our Counselors

The Office of Guidance and Operations facilitates counseling and other services to guide students and families to a full realization of potential and personal goals. The fundamental principle underlining all school counseling services is the inherent worth of the individual. All efforts are designed to help each student develop to their maximum potential as unique individuals in a complex, rapidly changing society.The school counselors are here to serve as advocates for the students and provide the vital link between school and home. Students are also provided with help and information related to course selections, college and career planning, and personal/social development.

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David Rivera
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Leah Purpuri

Mrs. Leah Purpuri is serving her first year as a school counselor with LTHS and has a background in guidance in various districts. Her other work experience includes non-profit administration and caseload management. Her academic résumé includes Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Arts degree in Counseling with a School Counseling concentration–both from Messiah College. Leah also is a NJ Licensed Associate Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. For most efficient communication, please email her at lpurpuri@laceyschools.org.

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Stephanie Cook
Peg Rand
Margaret Rand

I am the school counselor for students in grades 9-12
whose last names fall in the LB-RA alpha range. I am looking forward to working with you to promote your academic and personal success!

Barb DeChiaro
Barbara DeChiaro