Brooklawn Middle School
Counseling Department

Brooklawn's counselors work closely with students, teachers, and parents to help each student reach his/her maximum level of performance. The counselors see students individually and in groups, attend team meetings with teachers, and assist with parent conferences. The counseling office is the focal point of our school.

Schools are places that help students make sense of the world around them. Talking to students about issues like racism and protest can be difficult even in the best of times when we are actually with our students and not just looking at them through screens. Nonetheless, these are important conversations and important times. Should you wish, here are a few resources to assist in speaking with your children about these issues.  

Chicago Public Schools – Say Their Names

Talking about Race (National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Coordinator: Ms. Lauren Smolinsky-Penna

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Mrs. Mikorski, 7th Grade Counselor

Mrs. Mikorski is currently the 7th-grade counselor at Brooklawn Middle School.   She attended three different middle schools, in three different countries, on three different continents, so she understands a little about being “the new kid” and difficult transitions during the middle school years.  Mrs. Mikorski has two adult children who attended BMS. Before finding her dream job as a counselor, she taught nursery school and middle school math. Mrs. Mikorski loves her job as a counselor, and cannot think of anything else she would rather do than support students academically, socially, and emotionally.

Ms. Salkin, School Social Worker

Ms. Salkin grew up in central New Jersey. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Salkin then decided to explore a new state, and chose to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Denver in Colorado. She began her career in schools working as a School Social Worker at a middle school in Colorado, where she provided mental health services for students for three years. After missing the ocean, her family, and friends, Ms. Salkin decided to move back to her home state of New Jersey. She is in her first year at the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District and she provides counseling services to students at both Brooklawn and Central Middle School. Ms. Salkin has a passion for working with adolescents and is thrilled to have found her way to the PTHSD community. She values strengths-based and culturally responsive approaches to supporting students. In her free time, Ms. Salkin enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family and friends.

Ms. Smolinsky-Penna, 8th Grade Counselor 

Ms. Smolinsky- Penna has been working at Brooklawn Middle School for 18 years.  First, as a 7th grade English teacher and the past 11 years as a school counselor.  She grew up in Parsippany and attended the Parsippany schools.  After high school, Ms. Smolinsky-Penna went to Ramapo College and graduated with a psychology and elementary education degree.  A few years later, she received her Master’s degree from Montclair State for school counseling.  

She strives to assist all students with their academic, social and emotional needs. Her belief is to always encourage all students to strive to achieve their goals. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends. 

Mr. Young, 6th Grade Counselor 

Mr. Young is the current 6th grade counselor at Brooklawn Middle School.  He is entering his 18th year as a school counselor in the Parsippany Troy Hills School District and his 15th year at Brooklawn Middle School.   Mr. Young also spent 7 years as a middle and high school social studies teacher before entering counseling.  Also, Mr. Young has always enjoyed being involved in coaching school teams and currently coaches the school boys basketball team.  Mr. Young has a bachelor’s degree from Siena College and a master’s degree in teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University.  Mr. Young strives to help make the middle school experience a positive one for students, academically, socially and emotionally. 

Mr. Young enjoys spending his time away from school with his family.  He has two boys, one entering 11th grade and the other entering 6th grade.  Mr. Young’s wife is a 6th grade teacher in a different school district. 

Mr. Dan Yarosz, Student Assistance Counselor 

Mr. Yarosz began his career in Newark NJ as a Physical Education/ Health teacher for two years.  He then moved on to Parsippany where he has been for over 20 years.  He began teaching Physical Education /Health at Parsippany High and coached football, baseball, and track and field. He was the coach of the year in track and field in 2000. He then continued his education and earned a certificate in order to become the Student Assistance Counselor.  Mr. Yarosz works with students who are at-risk and may have a propensity to be curious about drugs and/or alcohol. He also has a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.

Counseling Secretary: Rosalinda Aveni 


Marking Period Dates

End of Marking Period 1~ November 4
Report Card available on Genesis~ November 17

End of Marking Period 2~ January 26
Report Card available on Genesis~  February 4

End of Marking Period 3~ April 1
Report Card available on Genesis~ April 20

End of Marking Period 4~ June 15
Report Card available on Genesis~ June 22

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