Meet the School SAC


Student Assistance Counselor: Cara Pagan

Cara Pagan received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from East Stroudsburg University and went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Caldwell University. In addition, she holds a Student Assistance Counselor Certificate and is a Licensed Associate Counselor. 

Prior to working in Mountain Lakes, Cara worked as a School Counselor in a special education school, and in school districts such as Paterson and Fair Haven. When she is not at work, she is chasing around her two children and spending time with family.

Mountain Lakes School District has established a comprehensive Student Assistance Program to help students. The Student Assistance Program provides education, prevention, early identification, referrals, and intervention as well as individual and group support. Our Student Assistance Counselor is here to help you and your child.

What is a Student Assistance Counselor?

A Student Assistance Counselor (SAC) assists students with any personal issue that negatively impacts their learning or emotional development. The SAC meets with students on an individual or small group basis to help them develop coping skills and solve problems.

Parents sometimes seek the assistance of the SAC for information, intervention and referral services. Faculty members often request the support of the SAC in order to identify individual students in need of help. The SAC may also provide training to staff on a wide range of issues that may impact student behavior and functioning in the classroom.

All conversations between students and the SAC are confidential. However, issues related to suicidal or homicidal intent or child abuse are not protected by the federal confidentiality laws.

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