Student Services

Student Services

School Counselor

Our School Counselor is available to meet with students Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Mrs. Sue Porembski has been a school counselor in the Baltimore Archdiocese since 2002.  As a School Consultant, she served at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Our Lady of Hope/St. Luke, St. John the Evangelist in Long Green Valley, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Augustine and several other schools. Most recently she was the Director of Guidance at St. Augustine School in Elkridge. Sue also has experience as a high school guidance counselor and as a campus minister at Loyola University. She has an undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Theology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.

School Counselor
She can be reached at [email protected] or call at 410-859-1212 ext. 2108.

The following Guidance Counseling services are available at St. Philip Neri School:

  • The Guidance Curriculum will provide guidance content in a systematic way to all students.  The purpose is to bring awareness, skill development, and application of the skills needed in everyday life.  We use the “Second Step” curriculum, an NCEA approved Comprehensive Guidance program.   PBIS, a system of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports designed by the U. S. Department of Education, is also implemented at SPN School.
  • Responsive Services will address the immediate concerns of students. Programs available include individual and small group counseling (family/school), crisis intervention, consultation and collaboration for students, parents and staff, and referrals.
  • Individual Student Planning will assist students in monitoring and understanding their own development.  We help students with academic/career planning, goal-setting and self-awareness.
  • System Support includes program and staff support activities and services through needs assessment and consultation from administration, teachers, parents and students.

Character Formation & Skill Building:

  • Self-Esteem Development: Students will learn to manage their feelings, have a positive self-concept, and value their uniqueness as a child of God.
  • Motivation to Achieve: Students will be provided educational opportunities, develop their academic potential, take responsibility for their educational planning, and understand how career choices affect their lifestyles.
  • Decision-making & Problem Solving: Students will learn problem-solving and decision-making skills, set goals and plan for future, and accept consequences for their actions.
  • Interpersonal and Cross-Cultural Effectiveness: Students will learn how to respect and accept self and others, make and keep friends, and participate effectively in group interactions.They will gain an understanding of the need to not only tolerate but appreciate differences in themselves and others.
  • Communication: Students will learn to effectively convey their message to others,listen respectfully, and accept other people’s point of view.
  • Responsible Behavior:  Students will learn to accept  and respect rules, individual and group responsibilities, and manage their time efficiently .

Helpful Resources:

Archdiocese of Baltimore
Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Catholic Moms’ site for parenting special needs children
National Catholic Educational Association
Catholic Online
Intentional Catholic Parenting
Empowering Parents
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Daily Mass Podcasts…
PBIS of Maryland
Learning Disabilities and ADHD
National Resource on ADHD