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Student Assistant Counselor

  • Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Coordinator,

    My name is Dorene Zacher.  I am the Student Assistance Coordinator and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Coordinator for the New Milford School District. Over the years I have assisted adolescents and their families address their maladaptive patterns and behaviors regarding chemical addiction, mental health, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.


    As the HIB Coordinator, it is my responsibility to:

    • Coordinate and strengthen the school district’s policies to prevent, identify, and address harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students;
    • Collaborate with school anti-bullying specialists in the district, the board of education, and the superintendent of schools to prevent, identify, and respond to harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students in the district;
    • Provide data, in collaboration with the superintendent of schools, to the Department of Education regarding harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students;
    • Execute such other duties related to school harassment, intimidation, and bullying as requested by the superintendent of schools;
    • Meet at least twice a school year, once in the first semester and once in the second semester, with the school anti-bullying specialists in the district to discuss and strengthen procedures and policies to prevent, identify, and address harassment, intimidation, and bullying in the district
    • Assist the school board and the anti-bullying specialist to meet timelines and deadlines
    • Develop and implement harassment, intimidation, and bullying programs to enhance a collaborative and cohesive school environment.

    If you would like to receive additional information or schedule a conference, please contact me directly at 201-262-0172 Ext. 2013.


    New Milford School District’s HIB Investigation Team :


    New Milford High School

    Mrs. Carina Porr                                                                                                         HIB Specialist                                                                                      201-262-0172 Ext. 2009


    David E. Owens Middle School

    Mrs. Catherine Bigwood                                                                                           HIB Specialist                                                                            201-265-8661 Ext. 3009

    Ms. Mary Sullivan                                                                                                       HIB Specialist                                                                                201-265-8661 Ext. 3011


    Gibbs Elementary School

    Mrs. Sara Grompone                                                                                               HIB Specialist                                                                           201-261-0939 Ext. 5113


    Berkley Street Elementary School

    Mrs. Nicole DeGrazia                                                                                                HIB Specialist                                                                              201-262-0191 Ext. 4128