Guidance Office

School Counselors

Mrs. Jodi Damian

Grades 4 - 8

Phone: 570-325-2703
ext. 2905 

Fax: 570-325-8098 


I have served as the Guidance Counselor for Kindergarten through 4th grade at the L.B. Morris Elementary School since 2004.  Prior to joining the staff at the Jim Thorpe Area School District I was employed as a Behavior Specialist at the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit.  This is a position I continue to hold on a part-time basis. I also have 6 1/2 years of experience in the mental health field as a crisis worker for Carbon-Monroe-Pike MH/MR.  After graduating from Jim Thorpe High School, I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science from Penn State University and my Masters of Education degree in Elementary School Guidance Counseling from Kutztown University.

I am a member of the American School Counselor Association, Lehigh Carbon School Counselors Association, National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Jim Thorpe Education Association, and the Jim Thorpe PTA.  I also serve on the district’s Wellness Council.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family Jim, Kate & Hope.


Mrs. Tracy Newton

Grades K-3

Phone: 570-325-2703

Ext. 2909

In January, 1991 I began working as a School Counselor in the Jim Thorpe Area School District with Grades 5-8. I am currently working wiith grades K-3 in both the Penn Kidder Campus and the L.B. Morris School. 

My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Services from Mansfield University and a Master's of Science degree in Community Counseling from Shippensburg University.  I am also certified in School Guidance Counseling at both the elementary and secondary levels.  I am a member of JTEA, PSEA, NEA, Lehigh-Carbon School Counselor's Association and National School Counselor's Association.

Outside of school, I enjoy activities with my family as well as spending time outdoors running, walking and hiking.