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School Counselor

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 My name is Jessica Kole and I am so excited to be the School Counselor at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, as well as the Anti-Bullying Specialist!  I recently received my Masters Degree in Counseling with my NJ K-12 School Counseling Certification from The College of New Jersey.  I look forward to working with you and your child this year, and I will make every effort to see that your child receives as much personal assistance as possible.

The School Counseling program at Ben Franklin School is based on the American School Counseling Association Model and our district standards.  It includes a variety of services for ALL students and is designed to assist with interests and issues related to the stages of student growth in the areas of academic, career, personal, emotional, and social development.  The following services will be offered for the 2020-2021 school year (with certain Hybrid and Remote-Learning modifications made):

  • Small group counseling sessions, with parent permission, for students focusing on: divorce, grief, study skills, friendship/social skills, and anger management. If you feel that your child needs assistance in any of these areas please let me know.
  • Individual meetings to help students adjust to school or help with personal issues.
  • Classroom guidance lessons with emphasis on personal/social skills, bullying prevention, academic development (study skills), and career awareness.  
  • Referral assistance to other programs and services in the community.   

If you have any questions at all, please contact me directly at (732) 650-5300 Ext. 60003 or email me at  I look forward to working together with you this year to help ensure your child’s success in all areas of their lives.  We are going to have a great year!


Jessica Kole

School Counselor

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School