LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Profile

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Melissa Delcollo

Position: School Counselor
School: Haddon Heights High School
School District: Haddon Heights School District
City, State: Haddon Heights , NJ

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Melissa Delcollo was nominated by Patricia Harris, a parent of a student.

"There are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe what Melissa Delcollo means to our family and probably to most students at the high school," explains Harris. "Right from the start, she has been an inspiration, mentor, confidant, and my children's biggest cheerleader as they prepared to leave high school and venture into the world of college, goals, and future plans. For us, having triplets was already an undertaking, but Melissa helped guide us and was always available to us to make the process so easy. Talk about a LifeChanger: three kids, three different goals, SATs, college visits, orientations, and placement tests. She never stopped being their advocate."

In a world that crashed during COVID, where kids stayed home and had to learn online, she still stayed in touch with them and made sure they were doing everything they needed to do to stay on track for the future. Ms. Delcollo was available 24/7, and she always answered parents' questions. No parent could say anything different, and no students felt left out. Throughout the process, her door was always open. She lifted up students who struggled and let them know that there was absolutely a place for them after high school.

"I don't think you could find a more dedicated, selfless professional than Melissa," said Harris.