School Counseling at Golden Hill

A Message from the School Counselor

Dear Golden Hill Elementary School Families,

My name is Bianca Mendola and I am the new school counselor at Golden Hill Elementary School! I am thrilled to be part of the wonderful community that makes up the Florida School District. 

As the school counselor, I work closely with students, teachers, parents, guardians, and families to support the social and academic development of students. The elementary years are a critical time for students to develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to become confident and competent learners. By providing students with individual counseling, small group counseling, and classroom lessons, I will assist students in achieving academic growth and make personal/social/emotional gains.

Daily, I can be seen teaching classroom lessons, privately working with a small group or providing individual counseling, checking in with students, assisting students in the cafeteria or on the playground, and waving hello or goodbye to students as they arrive or depart from school. 

I look forward to a great school year and helping students grow here at Golden Hill! Parents, guardians, and families – I encourage you to reach out to me at any time. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by phone at (845)651-3095 ex. 20054 or via email –

How School Counselors Help Students Every Day

  • Assist students in selecting courses that align with FUFSD goals, attributes and outcomes, commencement requirements, educational/career goals,teacher recommendations and parental approval.
  • Career/Life education through classroom activities, community outreach and individualized counseling sessions.
  • College/Career school planning and transition planning.
  • College application process and scholarship information.
  • Facilitating relationships between students, teachers, parents, community members and administrators.
  • Counseling for decision-making, goal setting and academic success.
  • Function as part of the team in both 504 and Committee on Special Education meetings.
  • Counseling in family and peer relationships.
  • Counseling students with personal, emotional and social problems.
  • Supporting the individual needs of each student.