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Taylor Newcomer

Position: School Counselor
School: Netcong Elementary School
School District: Netcong School District
City, State: Netcong, NJ

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Taylor Newcomer was nominated by her superintendent, Kathleen Walsh.

Ms. Newcomer is the first school counselor that Netcong School District has had. Although Ms. Newcomer is only in her fourth year at Netcong, it feels like she has been part of the staff and school community for much longer.

Ms. Newcomer is one of the district's mental health experts. She collaborates with stakeholders to ensure students' needs are being met. She is the "go-to" person for many students, as she has a calm demeanor and puts students at ease. Ms. Newcomer is committed to Netcong's students and is always willing to help a student in need. She sees the importance of instilling confidence in students, so they can advocate for themselves after they leave the safety of Netcong Elementary School. Furthermore, she provides lessons on Social and Emotional Learning to students in grades K-5. The students squeal with glee when "Ms. Cucumber" comes into the room. 

Ms. Newcomer also works with the Child Study and the School Culture and Climate Teams to better the school culture and climate at Netcong Elementary School. She took over as co-moderator of the Student Council two years ago. She invigorated the program with various committees giving the Netcong students a voice in their school community. Last year, the student council had well over 30 members, which was nice to see as the students felt like they had a voice in their school community.

"Taylor Newcomer is a well-liked and well-respected member of our school community. Her dedication to her profession is commendable, and her dedication to helping students succeed is top-notch," said Walsh.