HELMETTA, NJ - Lauren Buchanan may be a new resident to the borough, but she is a longtime Guidance Counselor at Spotswood High School. The coronavirus pandemic changed the way guidance counselors work these days as distance learning has become the new normal for Spotswood School District students and staff. Her hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 shutdown has earned Buchanan the distinction of being Tuesday's Helmetta Hometown Hero.

As the Supervisor of Guidance and Testing Coordinator, Buchanan works to help Spotswood High School teachers navigate the often murky standardized testing waters. She helps students understand the AP testing process along with other tests impacting their academic future. Buchanan makes it a point to take continuing education courses to ensure she has the most up-to-date information to assist Spotswood High School students and faculty. Buchanan was nominated to be a Helmetta Hometown Hero by her close friend Melinda. Her friend noted Buchanan's passion and dedication to bother her students and colleagues.

Outside of school, Buchanan loves pampering her dog Parker. Since recently moving into her borough home, Buchanan spends a lot of time renovating and decorating. She enjoys being with family and friends. A nice sunny day along the Jersey Shore is how Buchanan likes to savor her down time.

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If you know a Helmetta Hometown Hero like Buchanan who is on the frontline of the coronavirus crisis, sent Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek as email at mayor@helmettaboro.com. Nominations should include the person's name, a brief description of their job, what makes them a hometown hero and a photograph.