Welcome to the Amherst Junior High School Counseling Website! Our counseling program is designed to address the needs of all students by helping them acquire competencies in career planning and exploration, knowledge of self/others and educational/vocational development. The school counseling program consists of various programs: individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultations, group guidance, referral assistance to other programs and services in the community, and classroom guidance.

Mr. Harcula is the counselor for 7th grade and for 6th graders last name L-Z.

Mrs. Johnson is the counselor for 8th grade and for 6th graders last name A-K

Request to See My Counselor

Meet Mr. Harcula

Hello! My name is Bob Harcula and I am looking forward to a school year filled with helping students become well-rounded individuals, achieve goals and reach their fullest potential here at AJH. 

I am from Amherst, Ohio. I earned my Bachelor's in Education from The University of Toledo and my Master's from Cleveland State University in School Counseling.  


(440) 988-1624

Meet Mrs. Johnson

Hello! My name is Hannah Johnson. I pride myself on being empathetic, being present and being available. I am so excited to serve the students and families of AJH. 

I am from Avon, Ohio. I earned my Bachelor's in Communications Disorders from Bowling Green State University and my Master's from The University of Akron in School Counseling.


(440) 988-1648 

The Role of a Middle School Counselor

Middle school counselors are educators uniquely trained in child and adolescent development, learning strategies, self management and social skills. They implement a school counseling program to support students through this important developmental period. The school counseling program provides education, prevention and intervention activities, which are integrated into all aspects of students’ lives. The program teaches students the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for academic, career and social/ emotional development. We also...

How Do I Communicate with My School Counselor?

Mr. Harcula and Mrs. Johnson are available Monday-Friday during school hours. Our offices are located in the main office. You can reach out to us via email or phone. 

What's Happening This Month?

AJH Scheduling

Mr. Harcula and Mrs. Johnson will be in 6th and 7th grade classrooms on February 27, 28 and 29 to do scheduling with 6th and 7th grade students. Scheduling packets and scheduling agreements can be found below. All scheduling agreements are due back to your school counselor no later than March 7. If your agreement is not turned in by March 7 your classes will be selected for you.



5th Grade Scheduling at Nord

Mr. Harcula and Mrs. Johnson will be at Nord on March 12 and March 13 to go over scheduling and answering any AJH questions for Nord students. Honors placement letters will be handed out at this time as well.

9 Weeks of Rox Thus Far!

The ROX Program is well underway. As trained and certified ROX facilitators, Mrs. Johnson (AJH school counselor) and Mrs. Krichbaum (AJH social worker) are co-facilitating the ROX Program with 8th graders.

This month we will be exploring 'girl drama', building female friendships, social media, dating violence and leadership.

Say Something Week March 4-8

Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students on the power of See Something, Say Something. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and protect a friend from hurting themselves or others. The three goals of the Say Something program are to teach students how to: Recognize warning signs and threats of someone who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others. Say something to a Trusted Adult to get help. Grow a community of Upstanders who look out for one another. All students are being asked to wear the color green all week to support Say Something week!

Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services

Our district has a partnership with Ohio Guidestone and New Leaf counseling agencies for families who are seeking school based therapy, office based therapy, or a combination of both. Please contact your counselors if you are interested in additional mental health support for your child.

Ohio Guidestone: (440)234-2006

New Leaf Counseling: (440) 742-1661 

The Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery Services (MHARS) Board of Lorain County brings together the expertise, resources, and proud histories of the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County (ADAS) founded in 1989 and the Lorain County Board of Mental Health (LCBMH) founded in 1967. The MHARS Board was established in July of 2019. The people served by the mental health and substance use disorder systems have a common goal, and that is recovery. Consolidating the county’s addiction and mental health organizations strengthens our ability to coordinate treatment and recovery services. This is to improve our clients’ lives, and also improve the lives of their family members. The goal is that we will maximize delivery of these health services. It means providing the right care, in the right setting, at the right time. For more information, please visit http://mharsloraincounty.org.

Lorain County Support Hotline/Suicide HotlineRape Crisis Hotline: 1(800)-888-6161

Crisis Text Line: Text '4hope' to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988

Amherst Police Department: (440) 988-2625

Best Buddies

Mrs. Johnson has started a Best Buddies Chapter at AJH! (https://www.bestbuddies.org/


Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Who We Serve

The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities.


Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

Best Buddies Friendship Programs

Best Buddies Friendship programs represent one of our organization’s four key mission pillars.  These programs build one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social interactions while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Through their participation, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.

BESTBUDDIES® Middle Schools

Fosters one-to-one friendships between middle school students with and without IDD, in which they share interests, experiences, and activities. Students with IDD are often isolated and left out of social activities. Best Buddies Middle Schools helps to create an inclusive middle school culture for all students early on in their educational development.

If you are interested in being a part of Best Buddies please reach out to Mrs. Johnson!

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