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Emma Perdomo
Director of Guidance
Emma Perdomo joined Freeport High School in 1994.  Ms. Perdomo received her Bachelors degree in Spanish Education from Long Island University.  She then went on to obtain a Masters of Art from Hofstra University in Elementary Education as well as a Masters of Science in Counseling from Hunter College.  Ms. Perdomo has also obtained her School Administrator Certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  

Prior to becoming Guidance Chairperson she was a Spanish teacher at the Academy of St. Joseph’s in Brentwood for three years.  She then joined us here at Freeport High School, first as a Spanish teacher and then as a guidance counselor.  Ms. Perdomo has been instrumental in the development of the Guidance Curriculum.  She is dedicated to ensuring that all of the students at Freeport High School progress towards achieving success in academic, career, and personal/social areas to become contributing members of society.  

Furthermore, Ms. Perdomo serves as the AP, ACT and PSAT/NMSQT Coordinator. Ms. Perdomo coordinates the annual Freeport High School College Fair where over 150 college representatives are present and several workshops are conducted.  Additionally, she has served as a member of LICAC.  Ms. Perdomo oversees all of the functions of the guidance department.


Rosemarie Alario
Rosemarie Alario has been a School Counselor at the Caroline G. Atkinson School since August 2000. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from St. John’s University. While earning a degree in School District Administration, Ms. Alario has also taught at the Graduate School of Counseling at Long Island University. Prior to becoming a School Counselor, Ms. Alario taught at the American School of Milan, in Italy.

Ms. Alario has been on the Executive Board for Nassau Counselors’ Association, where she has organized conferences for Elementary and Middle School Counselors addressing current counseling issues. She has managed various programs at the Atkinson School including; Coats for Kids, Career Day, Ambassador Program-5th grade orientation, Read-A-Thon for parents and students, Johns Hopkins Talent Search, and Best Friends-an anti-drug program for 6th grade girls.
Ms. Alario is dedicated to empowering students through education.

Nicholas Angelo
Mr. Angelo first attended St. Joseph’s College where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations.  He went on to earn a Master of Science in School Counseling from Long Island University at C.W. Post. Recently he has completed the required academic coursework for his Mental Health Counselor’s License from Long Island University and looks forward to beginning his private practice. He is a member of the Nassau Counselor’s Association.

Mr. Angelo joined the Freeport Public School District in 2002.   Since 2002 he has worked as an elementary counselor for the Leo F. Giblyn and Archer Street Elementary Schools. He served as the chairperson for the Instructional Support Team, the AIS Planning Committee and the Character Education Committee. Additionally, Mr. Angelo also planned and developed a parent center, and conducted parent workshops.  He also worked at Freeport High School for the 2005-2007 school years.

Mr. Angelo is pleased to be part of the Freeport High School Faculty again and is excited to be reunited with his former elementary school students. He hopes to be the same instrument of change for them that he was when they were younger.

Kim Freeman
Ms. Freeman began her School Counseling career, as a leave replacement at Valley Stream Central High School. In August 2002, she transferred to Freeport High School where she has happily worked for the past 8 years.

Ms. Freeman began her undergraduate studies at Queensborough Community College in Queens, NY. At the end of her first year she transferred to the University of Rhode Island where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology with a minor in Chemistry. After working for a few years as an Assistant Manager for the New York Blood Center she decided to return to school to pursue her passion, earning a Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Hofstra University. Ms. Freeman is currently enrolled at Stony Brook University where she is working on her Administrative certification.

Ms. Freeman’s additional responsibilities include working as the Military Liaison and working with the 21st Century Program where she plans yearly College Tours and provides after school College Preparation assistance to any student who needs it.


Rosemary Garcia
Rosemary Garcia joined the Freeport High School Guidance Department in 2001. Having served as the College Counselor at The Bronx High School of Science from 1997-2001, Ms. Garcia has brought knowledge and experience which she applies daily to support Freeport students. Her current responsibilities include assisting students of all grades with academic success and college and career planning.

Ms. Garcia is an active member of Nassau Counselor’s Association. All counselors are encouraged to attend gatherings and provide services for all of our school communities jointly. She has participated annually in activities, such as, attending College Fairs or assembling Christmas gifts for the needy. As a Bilingual Counselor, Ms. Garcia presents annually to our Spanish speaking community at events such as Spanish Parent Night each fall. She has also served her colleagues as a Freeport Teachers Association Delegate since 2008.

Ms. Garcia is a graduate of Cornell University and received her Masters in Counseling Education from New York University. She recently completed an Image Consulting Certificate at Fashion Institute of Technology to assist students and adults with image concerns.

Sherry Ryan
Ms. Ryan first attended SUNY Cortland where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.  She went on to earn a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from The College of New Rochelle and recently completed the required academic coursework for her Mental Health Counselor’s License from Long Island University.  

Ms. Ryan joined the Freeport Public School District in 2002 after working as a school counselor in the New York City Schools for three years.  Since 2002 she has served as an elementary counselor for the Bayview Ave. School.  She was a shared staff member with New Visions for five years.  In addition to providing group and individual counseling sessions to her students, Ms. Ryan ran many school wide programs including an annual family night, character education program, holiday project to provide gifts for needy students and their families, annual food drive for a local pantry, peer mediation, peer lunch buddies, after school mentor program, homework club, special person’s day and career day.  Additionally, she served as the chairperson for the Instructional Support Team, planned and developed a parent center, and conducted parent workshops.
Ms. Ryan is pleased to have become a member of the Freeport High School Guidance staff.  She will continue to work diligently to ensure the academic, as well as, social and emotional success of all of her students.

Melissa McCormack
Ms. McCormack has begun her ninth year working in the Freeport School District where she started working in August 2004 as an elementary school counselor at New Visions School of Discovery and Exploration, where she ran an after school program for at risk youth.  In August of 2005 she began working at Freeport High School.  She is dedicated to the Freeport community. She spent several years working as a counselor in the evening at the Freeport Community School.  In addition, she has also worked as a counselor for the summer school program.  Ms. McCormack attended the State University of New York at Geneseo where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and minored in psychology and criminal justice. She earned her Master of Science degree in School Counseling at Hofstra University in 2004. Prior to working in the Freeport Schools, she worked in New York City for a private for profit company helping the recently released population and people out of work transition back into the workforce.


Natalie Ramos
Natalie Ramos has been a Guidance Counselor with FHS since August, 2004. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from SUNY at Old Westbury and her Masters Degree in School Counseling from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus.  While on the C.W. Post Campus, Ms. Ramos was also employed as a Senior Financial Assistance Counselor and College Work Study Coordinator for four years.  Here at FHS, Ms. Ramos facilitated the annual Financial Aid Night for three years and continues to keep up to date on financial aid regulations and policies.  In addition to her regular counseling responsibilities, Ms. Ramos offers support and guidance to our teen mothers through a weekly afterschool intensive support group that she coordinates with the School Social Worker and School Nurse.  Ms. Ramos also organizes and updates information about summer programs for the students and parents at FHS to ensure that the students take advantage of the summer enrichment opportunities available to them.  An active member of The Nassau Counselor’s Association, Ms. Ramos attends conferences and counseling functions to keep informed on current guidance issues.  Ms. Ramos is passionate about providing support and guidance to the students of Freeport High School and is dedicated to helping the students be successful in their future endeavors. 


Blanca Tapia
Ms. Blanca Tapia joined Freeport High School in 2002.  Prior to 2002, Ms. Tapia was a school counselor for the New York City Public Schools for three years.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from New York University, and later the Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.    Embarking on her twelfth year as a counselor, she works closely with her students in helping them plan their high school years and beyond in order to ensure that they become successful adults.  In addition to guiding her students, Ms. Tapia is also responsible for co-coordinating the STEP program at SUNY Old Westbury; assisting with illustrating and designing the Guidance Newsletter; and presenting to Spanish-speaking parents at evening events.  As a member of The Nassau Counselor’s Association, Ms. Tapia remains current and up-to-date with relevant guidance issues by participating in its many meetings and conferences.