Student Life

The Office of Student Life oversees the work of school social workers and related district programs.

Numerous factors can contribute to a student becoming at-risk at any level in his or her academic growth. In its support of the district's mission to afford the highest level of teaching and learning, and build an effective and efficient community of learning and character, the Office of Student Life has a cadre of intervention and referral programs and services readily available. Students exhibiting learning or behavioral problems are assisted through the implementation of numerous early intervention strategies. In an effort to alleviate all issues that could prevent or interfere with success and academic growth, certain resources are provided to students and families. These resources, examples of which are listed below, build the foundation for positive behavior, health and wellness and sound academic performance.

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Contact Info
Carolyn Granato
Assistant Superintendent
Student Support Services

Office Location
765 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-688-2004
Fax: 862-255-4321

Mission Statement

To advance student success and close equity gaps by ensuring students attend school every day. Our mission is to support students’ learning through innovation and forward thinking experiences to Love, Inspire, Focus, and Excel.

  • Bullying Prevention and Suicide Awareness
  • Character Education Initiative
  • Community Collaborations
  • Community Resource Directory
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Dream Leader-Peer Leadership Programs
  • Mental Health
  • Resources For Parents
  • Student Assistance and Abuse Prevention

Student Life Staff

Jessica Silva-Olmo
Jessica Silva-Olmo

Supervisor of Social Worker

LaTonya White
La Tonya White

Supervisor of School Counselors - Elementary

Vernon Pullins, Jr.
Vernon Pullins, Jr.

Supervisor of School Counselors - High School

Keisha Gifford-Washington
Keisha Gifford-Washington

Management Specialist

Rashon Dwight
Rashon Dwight

HIB Coordinator/Student Discipline

Mary G
Mary Garripoli

Supervisor of Support Services

Bianca Smith
Bianca Smith-Robinson


Ana Osoria
Ana Osoria

Specialist for Homeless Management

Samantha Parreiral
Samantha Parreiral, LCSW

Social Worker II