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All About Me

My name is Heather Yanoff and it is a pleasure to be the Guidance Counselor at the Alpine Elementary School. I taught first grade at Helen Morgan for five years and I have been teaching for over 18 years. I received my Masters in School Counseling at William Paterson and I have been continuing my education. 

On a typical day I can be seen teaching lessons, visiting the cafeteria, assisting on the playground, waving hello or goodbye to your children as they arrive or depart the school, and/or privately working with a small group or a child one on one.

Character Education

Throughout the year we will focus on different character traits each month. We will also have an assembly each month to learn about each trait. 

September: Friendship

October: Respect

November: Responsibility 

December: Caring

January: Citizenship

February: Courtesy

March: Honesty 

April: Self-Discipline

May: Trustworthiness

June: Fairness

Second Step

During the school year I will be visiting your child’s classroom to teach a series of lessons. The Sparta School District uses an excellent program called Second Step. The Second Step program is designed to promote social competence and reduce social and emotional problems by teaching children skills in the areas of empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. The students will practice many social skills including how to talk about their feelings, getting along with others, problem solving, and managing strong emotions.


Lesson 1: Getting to know your School Counselor and the difference between bullying and being mean.

Lesson 2: How to handle someone bullying or being mean. How to be an UPstander. 

Lesson 3: Feelings 

Lesson 4: Calming Down

Lesson 5: Problem Solving 

Lesson 6: Review 

Contact Information

Please contact me at:

or 973-729-3107 ext. 512


If you would like your child to meet with me, please complete the counseling permission form. Individual and group counseling sessions occur during the school day at a time mutually agreed upon with the teacher.

HIB Information 2016-2017

Heather Yanoff,
Oct 16, 2017, 7:32 AM