All About Us

About the department

 

The Student Services Department at the Middle School of the Kennebunks is comprised of two Guidance Counselors, one Social Worker, and one Secretary.  Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for all of the students at MSK to overcome the barriers they face to academic success.  This is achieved through a combination of services and opportunities, including individual and group counseling, consultation with teachers and staff, communication and support to parents, and working with outside resources to coordinate services.  In addition to these responsibilities, the department also coordinates standardized testing within the school, works with families to complete applications for private schools, and is involved in school transition activities, parent evenings and the class scheduling process.  The counselors also play active roles on our Positive School Climate Committee, Civil Rights Team, and other programs throughout the year.


 

About The Counselors


Diane Binger is in her 13th year at the Middle School of the Kennebunks after spending 12 years in the highly important position of stay at home mom. While at home with her children she was a faculty mentor for the MSE distance learning program at the University of New England. Prior to this she served as a guidance counselor and teacher at the Alternative High School in Hudson Falls, NY.  Upon moving to South Carolina, she worked primarily with at-risk teens as a high school guidance counselor in poverty stricken Jasper County, South Carolina. 



Brian Grant is in his fourth year at the Middle School of the Kennebunks after spending the past 16 years working as a guidance counselor at the middle school level both in the public school setting and an alternative program.  

 

Greg Hesse-Stromberg is in his 18th year at the Middle School of the Kennebunks.  He has worked with children and adolescents for over 25 years in a variety of positions, including as an Outdoor Educator, Adventure Based Therapist, Counselor in a residential treatment program, Athletic Coach, and Psychotherapist providing office-based as well as home-based therapy.  In addition to his role as social worker, Greg enjoys working with a wider variety of students as a coach for the middle school Track and Field team.


 Julie Bennett is in her second year as the Guidance Secretary after working previously in the district within other departments.  In addition to her secretarial duties, Julie provides a warm and welcoming presence for all who enter the guidance department.




Mission Of The Student Services Department

 

The mission of the MSK Student Services Department is to provide support and assistance to each student through the use of prevention and intervention services.  Coordination of services between the student, teachers, parents and community is an important aspect of this work, but care is made to maintain the confidentiality of every student and family.