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John Rickert, Principal
1626 Balltown Rd., Niskayuna NY 12309
Phone: (518) 382-2511, Ext. 21701  Fax: (518) 382-2539

Meet your counselors

High school can be a challenging place. Each student at Niskayuna High School is assigned a counselor to help navigate the difficulties and pave the way to graduation. Counseling assignments are based on grade and last name. Students can find their counselor and contact information below.

             


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Karl Swisher

kswisher@niskyschools.org

  • Education: Cornell University (B.S. Biology), Syracuse University (M.S. Counseling)
  • School Counseling Experience: 24 years, 19 in Niskayuna
  • Favorite Things: My family (wife and three children), rock climbing, skiing, and Chuck Norris jokes.
  • The best thing about being a counselor at Niskayuna is…the students.

 


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Tim Albanese

talbanese@niskyschools.org

  • Hartwick College (B.A. Sociology), College of Saint Rose (M.S. Ed. School Counseling)
  • School Counseling Experience: 8 years, 7 in Niskayuna
  • Favorite Things: BPL and US Soccer, Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees, hiking with my children, reading biographies.
  • The best thing about being a counselor at Niskayuna is….the continual movement within the office and the relationships created with both students and staff. I also enjoy seeing former students return to discuss the exciting and professional opportunities they've taken on.

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Nancy Bushee  

nbushee@niskyschools.org

  • Education: SUNY Plattsburgh (B.A. Psychology, M.S. Ed./CAS School Counseling)
  • School Counseling Experience: 18 years, 14 in Niskayuna
  • Favorite Things: Family and friends, New York Yankees, live music, the beach (or pool), reading, movies, and my dogs
  • The best thing about being a counselor at Niskayuna is….watching the students grow, learn, and change throughout their high school years.

 

   

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Anne-Marie Hughes  

ahughes@niskyschools.org

  • Education: University at Buffalo (B.A. Psychology and Sociology), College of Saint Rose (M.S. Ed. School Counseling)
  • School Counseling Experience: 10 years, 7 in Niskayuna
  • Favorite Things: Travel, paddle boarding, concerts at outdoor venues, the beach, singing, and writing
  • The best thing about being a counselor at Niskayuna is….the students. They are talented, interesting, creative, and dynamic. It's fun to see them grow and change throughout high school.

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Leah Wertz 

lwertz@niskyschools.org

  • Education: University of Texas (B.A. English Education and Communications), Shippensburg University (M.S. Ed. School Counseling), SUNY Oneonta & Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (CAS)
  • School Counseling Experience: 28 years, 17 in Niskayuna
  • Favorite Things: Gardening, travel, following my middle school son's teams as they compete and travel around the United States. As a Native Arkansan, I am a Razorback fan, love Southern food, and my favorite vacation spot is Tybee Island, GA.
  • The best thing about being a school counselor in Niskayuna is….the wonderful families I've gotten to know over the decades and the accomplished and international flavor of Niskayuna. I had never experienced students discussing their parents' patents until I came to NHS!