BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Madison Rowohlt, the latest addition to the Governor Livingston High School staff, has officially started her role as the new Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) after the retirement of Bob Segear. She is eager and ready to join the community, hoping to bring her own strengths and support to the students.

Rowohlt studied at The College of New Jersey where she majored in criminology and minored in psychology and Spanish. She was fascinated by criminology, but through experiences she had in college she realized she had a passion for working with high school aged students. 

Being a teacher was a possibility, however, Rowoholt realized a job as a counselor would highlight some of her strengths like talking and relating to other people.

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Rowholt was inspired to pursue the role as the Student Assistance Counselor due to her passion for helping students who are dealing with challenging situations. 

“A lot of what this department does is working on the mental health piece, and with students who use drugs or alcohol, so I really like having those types of conversations,” she said. 

Rowholt also acknowledges the importance of working with students who are struggling with mental health, an issue common today. She has plans to incorporate more mental health awareness programs in the high school. The pandemic has caused a lot more teenagers to struggle with mental health, and Rowholt hopes to address and acknowledge those struggles with students.

Due to remote learning, Rowholt has had to adapt her job and find ways to connect with the students virtually. To do so, Rowholt created a new website for the SAC program for students to access. Her website includes mental health and substance abuse resources, and is accessible at https://bhpssac.weebly.com/

Despite all the COVID restrictions, Rowholt is eager to meet all the members of the school  community. Rowholt said, “Don’t be afraid to email me or reach out to me because I would love to meet as many students as I can.” 

She wants the students to know that she is only an email away, and if anyone is ever struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse, or other problems she is there for support.