The CCR Department is dedicated to ensuring all Hartford Public School students have equitable access to high-quality college and career opportunities that will prepare them for the dynamic world of work and life beyond high school! It is our mission to inspire ALL students to create their own path towards success in and beyond school.

In relation to the District’s Model for Excellence, the College & Career Readiness Department Goals are to:

  • Increase graduation rates
  • Decrease Chronic Absenteeism
  • Increase student perceptions of feeling safe & valued

Much of our work is done with 6th-12th grade students through the Student Success Plan (SSP) using a tool called Naviance.

College Readiness Initiatives currently underway include:

  • All students in grades 6-12 have access to Naviance as an electronic Student Success Plan and a college & career readiness tool.
  • Offering the PSAT, free of charge, to all Sophomores and Juniors during the school day
  • Offering the SAT, free of charge, to all Juniors during the school day
  • Increasing opportunities for students to take college courses while in high school
  • Increasing college and career exploration for all students through college visits, career fairs, internships, and other meaningful experiences
  • Increasing college partnerships to enhance the development of college-level academic skills
  • Expanding the development of College and Career Readiness Plans so that each school has a roadmap for creating and sustaining a college-going culture


Other connections that support these goals include:

  • The Hartford Promise: a scholarship program that is offered to all eligible Hartford students who maintain certain requirements.
  • Khan Academy: students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning to prepare them for the SAT.
  • The College Board: an organization that connects students to college success.
  • All In! Coalition: an organization working to drive post-secondary success in Hartford students. See below for more information about an initiative we are partnering on.
  • ReadyCT: By connecting the classroom to the business world, students can learn in dynamic ways that position them for success.

ALL IN! For Seniors - Wednesday Workshop Series

The ALL IN! for Seniors is a citywide-effort to rally behind the class of 2021 created by Hartford Public Schools and the ALL IN! Coalition for College and Career Readiness. Our goal is to ensure that all seniors have the resources and guidance they need to pursue whatever they’re interested in post-graduation. 


The Program:

The ALL IN! for Seniors Wednesday Workshop Series is a free online resource where your senior can attend webinars to help prepare for life after high school.

Every week your teen will be invited to a variety of sessions designed to help them prepare for college, the military, a trades program, or entering the workforce.

Examples of sessions include:

  • How to Finance College
  • Selecting a Trade Program and Certification Process
  • Q & A with an Armed Forces Recruiter
  • Choosing a Career Based on Your Strengths

We have gathered career counselors, college reps, business owners, and other experts from a variety of industries and specializations to present on each topic and answer student questions. 


How to Participate:

There is 1 ALL IN! for Seniors Wednesday Workshop date left in 2020: 12/16 – but there are more dates to come in 2021!

Seniors are automatically registered for these workshops and can view upcoming session topics via Google Classroom. This is also where they can watch live sessions.

Recording of the webinars is also available for both parents and students – scroll down to see links to previous sessions.

Along with providing valuable tips and resources, we also have prizes for students to encourage them to attend. Our grand prize is a new laptop. To be eligible to win the laptop, seniors must tune in live to 3 of the 4 Wednesday Workshops remaining 2020.


PARENTS: We need your help for the ALL In! for Seniors Initiative to reach its full potential.

As a parent or guardian, you are one of the most influential people in your child’s life during their preparation for the “real world.”

We put together this 5 step guide on how you can get more involved in your child’s planning and become an advocate for the ALL IN! for Seniors program:

  1. Talk to your child about their plans after high school.
  2. Remind your child to look over the workshop schedule and tune in to the topics that interest them on Wednesdays.
  3. Watch the recording of the session (linked below) whenever you are free.
  4. Discuss the workshops with your child and help them make a to-do list so they can implement what they learned.
  5. Email us at with any questions that you would like our experts to answer in a future seminar.


Watch Our Previous Wednesday Workshop Sessions

(Click on the titles to open the video links)

College Related Sessions:

Career Related Sessions:

Military Related Sessions:

Staff Members:

The Department of College & Career Readiness is made up of the Executive Director of Post-Secondary Success & Alternative Programming and two district lead school counselors. Together the team works to support the School Counselors and College Career Specialists in each of the Hartford Public Schools.

Dr. Dolores Garcia-BlockerExecutive Director of Post-Secondary Success & Alternative ProgrammingGarcD001@hartfordschools.org860-695-8546
Lauren HeimTransition Counselor Specialistlauren.martin@hartfordschools.org860-695-8707
Jennifer SimmonsTransition Counselor Specialistjennifer.simmons@hartfordschools.org860-695-8887
School Counselors
Last Name First Name School Grade Levels Caseload Email Phone
Airo Jaqueline ESM Hooker/Breakthrough N 6-8 6-8 JAiro@ 53746 E / 5780 B
Araujo Samantha Bulkeley 9-12 9&10 Samantha.Araujo@ 695-1177
Bennett Kim Pathways 9-12 A-L (9-11) A-K (12) CapoK001@ 695-9495
Brown Jennifer Great Path (GPA) 9-12 9&11 Jennifer.P.Brown@ 695-6157
Chamberland Christine HPHS 9-12 11 ChamC003@ 695-1565
Chavez Lorenzo HPHS 9-12 12 ChavL001@ 695-1331
Clermont Carol HMTCA 6-8 ClaiC001@ 695-7250
Corcoran Kara Kinsella Middle 6-8 6-8 CorcK001@
Cruz-Reis Claudia HMTCA 6-8 CruzC001@ 695-7287
Dionne Christine SMSA 9-12 A-L DionC001@ 695-6960
Doffek Beth University High 9-12 L-Z DoffB001@ 695-9017
Eells Alyssa AF STEM/Mont (.5) 6-8 6-8 EellA001@ 695-4162
Field Mark Kinsella High 9-12 9-12 AndrC001@ 695-2044
Gorss James Classical 9-12 9&11 GorsJ001@ 695-4307
Heim Lauren Office of Academics K-12 All schools, but in general MS Lauren.Martin@ 695-8707
Insel Ethan HPHS 9-12 10 InseE001@ 695-1396
Jefferson Lauren Pathways 9-12 M-Z (9-11) L-Z (12) Lauren.Jefferson@ 695-9453
Kaizer Hannah HMTCA 9-12 Mi-Z Hannah.Kaizer@ 695-7279
Lentz Laura MLK 6-8 6-8 LentL001@ 695-6497
Lewis Shari Burr 6-8 6-8 SLewis@ 695-3135
Long Colman Belizzi/Global 6-8 6-8 LongC002@ 695-2424
Mack Michelle Weaver 9-12 A-L Michelle.Mack@ 695-1676
Morneau Helene Kennelly / Webster 6-8 6-8 Helene.Morneau@ 3915 K / 5392 W
Radigan Noel University High 9-12 A-K RadiN001@ 695-9018
Rodriguez Nicole Capital Prep 6-12 6-12 Nicole.Rodriguez@ 695-9828
Ronzello Liza Great Path (GPA) 9-12 10&12 RonzL001@ 695-1484
Rosado Stacey Bulkeley 9-12 11&12 M-Z RosaS003@ 695-1117
Rubelmann Sarah SMSA 9-12 M-Z LentS001@ 695-6906
Scarano Marissa Bulkeley 9-12 11&12 A-L Marissa.Clark@ 695-1103
Sebastian Madeline HPHS 9-12 9 SebaM002@ 695-1485
Senteio Charlene Milner 6-8 6-8 SentC001@ 695-7683
Shah Aneela Bulkeley 9-12 9&10 KazmaA001@ 695-1872
Simmons Jennifer Office of Academics K-12 All schools, but in general the HS Jennifer.Simmons@ 695-8887
Smagin Jennifer McDonough 6-8 6 All, 7 O-Z SmagJ001@ 695-7893
Strom-Lindquist Cheryl Classical 9-12 10&12 CLindquist@ 695-1571
Tamburro Sonia HMTCA 9-12 A-Me STamburro@ 695-7321
Vega Heather Classical 6-8 6-8 HVega@ 695-9361
Vigue Emily Weaver 9-12 M-Z Vigue001@ 695-1674
Ziskind Becky McDonough 6-8 7 A-N, 8 All Rebecca.Zoskind@ 695-4304

Office Hours of Counselors with Seniors on their Caseload

Senior CounselorSchoolOffice Hours
Emily VigueWeaverWednesday 10:30-11:30am or by appointment
Michelle MackWeaverTuesday during Seminar or 1:00-2:00pm
Beth DoffekUSSETuesday/Thursday 11:30am-2:30pm, Wednesday 8:30-11:30am
Noel RadiganUSSEMonday - Friday 8:00-9:00am
Maria ScaranoBulkeleyWednesday 11:00am-12:00pm
Stacey RosadoBulkeleyWednesday 11:00-11:45am and by appointment
Kim BennettPathwaysWednesday 8:00am-2:30pm
Christine DionneSMSAFriday 7:30-8:30am
Sarah RubelmannSMSAFriday 7:30-8:30am
Mark FieldKinsella HSMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 1:00-2:00pm, Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm
Hannah KaizerHMTCAMonday 12:00-1:00pm, Thursday 8:00-9:00am
Sonia TamburroHMTCA
Cheryl Strom-LindquistClassical