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"It is the mission of Harwood Union High School to provide an educational and creative environment in which every person is valued as an individual, challenged as a learner and inspired to contribute to a democratic society. As a professional learning organization of all academic departments, we are prepared to work together in order to provide a unique and personalized learning experience for all students."

Tara Cariano

School Counselor

Email: [email protected]

School Counseling, Grades 9-10

Professional Blog:

University of Vermont, Masters of Science in Mental Health & School Counseling

Michigan State University, Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a Health Promotion in Kinesiology


  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

  • American School Counselors Association (ASCA)

  • Vermont School Counselors Assocation (VTSCA)

Educational Philosophy / Interests:

I believe it is important to have a holistic viewpoint when it comes to education. Academics may be the largest reason students are in school, but many different factors contribute to a students level of success such as the students social supports, home/school environment, mental health, physical health, culture, and potential behavioral choices. These (and others) are always important to consider when working with students. I also believe it is important to meet students where they are at as each student is unique in their own way. In working with students, staff, and families, one technique I often use (and encourage) is mindfulness which decreases anxiety and can assist one in being more focused and relaxed. I look forward to my continued work in making mindfulness more available on a regular basis to students and staff at Harwood Union.

Personal Interests:

Being outdoors (Hiking, Snowboarding, Running, Yoga, Kayaking/Canoeing, Camping), Crossfit, Reading (mostly memoirs), and Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking

Co-curricular Involvement:

JV Girls Soccer Coach