James Madison Intermediate Counseling Corner

Welcome to Mr. Ford's Counseling Website

Hello Everyone and welcome to my 2023-2024 website!  Shortly after school ended, my family and I went on a cruise.  We toured Florida, the Bahamas and Royal Caribbean's private island, Coco Cay.  The ship was called the Oasis of the Seas and we had a wonderful 7 days together.  I look forward to assisting you and your children throughout the school year.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me.  Take care and let's have a fantastic year!


Hello everyone!  Thank you for visiting my website.  I would like to give you an idea of who I am and what I do as a counselor at JMI.  Although this is my sixth year at James Madison Intermediate, I have been counseling children and adolescents for 33 years in various capacities.  I have been a Prevention Specialist, a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for teens, a Crisis Counselor at the high school level and this is my 23nd year in Edison as a School Counselor with this being my 12th year at the elementary level. 

I am available to help students deal with social, behavioral and personal problems by working with the students individually, in small groups or as an entire class. My goal is to help the students learn to make positive decisions and deal with problems before they worsen.

 I am the Anti Bullying Specialist for James Madison Intermediate School. Bullying is taken very seriously here at JMI. I will be working with the students throughout the year to recognize bullying behaviors and what they can do to help stop bullying and address conflict. If you have any concerns about your child and bullying, please contact me or the Principal, Mrs. Abatemarco, as soon as possible. Please see the Anti- Bullying page for further information and resources as well as to access the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying reporting form.

I am also available to meet with parents should you have a concern about your child’s school experience. Please feel free to call me at (732) 452-2960  ext. #3 or email me to schedule an appointment.

 I look forward to working together to help your child achieve excellence!