School counselors at Goshen Junior High School believe that all students deserve the instruction and services needed to prepare for success at the next educational level, including sound counseling services. Therefore, the Goshen Junior High School Counseling program provides a safe and supportive comprehensive school counseling program, collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure equal access to all through classroom instruction and individual and small group counseling. Students are empowered to pursue academic and vocational success, overcome challenges that interfere with learning, and become engaged citizens who enrich our present and future world.

Main Office:

(574) 533-0391

School Counselors:

Jan Desmarais-Morse, Department Head
Ext: 31207

Katherine Christoffersen, Grade 8
Ext. 31211

Other Contacts

Vilma Padilla, Parent Liaison
Ext. 31101

Angela Schwartz, Social Worker
Ext. 31162

Tommy Steele, School Resource Officer
Ext. 31911


The GJHS School Counseling program follows the guidelines of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model which includes services around the domains of:

  • Academic
  • College/Career/Post-secondary
  • Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

and includes direct services to students such as:

  • Classroom guidance
  • Small group support/counseling
  • Individual support & counseling

as well as indirect student services such as:

  • Consultation with parents, school staff, and outside agencies
  • Collaborative support
  • Referrals to outside agencies


Scholarship Information:

  • 21st Century Scholars
  • Blakesley Scholarship (for 8th-grade Algebra or Geometry students)
  • Miscellaneous Scholarships available for Junior High School students
    • Junior High School students may not know where they want to go to college or what they want to study, but thinking about paying for college can be intimidating for their parents. Below are scholarships and contests for students in junior high schools.
  • DACA/Dream Act:
    • A project of Pike High School counselor, Nicole Hicks, the attached document gives every instate college or university that had a standing policy regarding DACA/undocumented students. It also notes which ones have privately-held financial aid, meaning that undocumented students can earn need-based or merit-based scholarships. Also included are a few colleges in neighboring states of Ohio and Illinois. Additionally, the last few pages are scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship as a condition of winning. (SEE ATTACHED DOCUMENT)