BIO

Mrs. Ballas began her counseling career at Colonial Road School in September 2007.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude from New York University with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education she received an Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a certified School Counselor as well as a certified Elementary and Special Education teacher.  Outside of school, Mrs. Ballas loves to dance, read, watch cooking shows and, most of all, spend time with her family and friends. 


Counseling Philosophy

The Franklin Lakes School Counseling Program believes that all people can learn and grow physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and also develop a strong sense of moral responsibility.  Our comprehensive program is built on the assumption that educational, career, and personal objectives are attainable when all students are supported by school counseling services.  All students in Franklin Lakes, grades K-8 have the right to receive school counseling services and discuss unique needs.  The counselors will serve as a liaison between students, parents and, when necessary, teachers to maximize student success.