Guidance and Counseling

Hello Parents and Guardians,

My name is Kate Bechs Riggio and I am a licensed social worker graduating with my MSW from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 2013.

Over the past five years, I have had the pleasure of working at SMRS as a social work consultant through an initiative named the Child Connection Center (CCC), which has been funded by the Pascale Sykes Foundation. Returning for the 2018-2019 school year, I will be working alongside Angela Meluso-Scafidi, Ph.D., BCBA-D, a behavior consultant who graduated from North Carolina State University. Through our roles, we are able to support families and help meet their concerns by connecting the home environment, school setting and community together. Concentrating on the well-being of all individuals involved, the CCC provides an array of services based on the needs of the family, whether they are of the academic, social, emotional, behavioral, spiritual or financial capacity. This school year, we will continue to offer:

  • Parent and teacher consultations
  • Individual and small group counseling
  • Behavior support and intervention plans
  • At-home and in-classroom strategies
  • Classroom and school-wide workshops
  • Newsletters and information on community resources

I am pleased to announce that for a third year, I will be returning as SMRS’ school counselor. Every other week, I will be meeting with students K-5 and providing them with their guidance special. For those students in middle school, I will be meeting with them for one marking period for their elective. The theme of the lessons include, but are not limited to:

  • Bullying and peer pressure
  • Self-esteem and empathy
  • Digital Citizenship and safety
  • Communication and building friendships
  • Feelings and emotion management
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Personality and Careers

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to myself, or Mrs. Meluso, at any time. We look forward to working with your family this school year and we couldn’t be happier to be back at SMRS! Thank you for all of your support!

Kate Bechs Riggio, LSW

Contact Information:

Phone: (856) 881-0067

Email: KBechs@claytonps.org (Kate Bechs Riggio)
            AMelusoScafidi@gcecnj.org (Angela Meluso-Scafidi)

Website: http://www.childconnectioncenter.com