Our team of counselors works with each student individually to help her realize her goals and maximize the opportunities that are available at Our Lady of Mercy. Students are encouraged to volunteer and explore career interests to promote self-awareness. Your daughter's involvement in all aspects of the Mercy experience will make her high school years happy and productive.

With college preparation as one of our primary objectives, the counseling department offers a developmental approach that is aimed at increased self-awareness and informed decision-making. As you browse through our site, you will find multiple links and resources to help with the college application process. The counseling office also coordinates course registration, PSAT and Pre ACT administration, student accommodations, and provides both academic and personal counseling (referrals to outside professionals will be provided when necessary).

Throughout the school year, the counseling department will offer classroom seminars to students, events such as Freshman Transition Programs, Junior and Senior Parent Nights, Financial Aid Night and College Fairs, among other events.


Mission Statement

As a department, we are committed to promoting student self-awareness and growth by addressing the academic, personal, social and emotional concerns of all Mercy students. We do this in collaboration with parents, teachers, and administration embracing the mission and philosophy of Our Lady of Mercy.


Counseling Team

Ms. Lori Purcell, M.S. Ed
Department Chairperson
School Counselor
Serving students grades 9-12 by last name, alpha groups Mu - Z
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288-7120 x398

Mrs. Sara Thomas, M.S. Ed, N.C.C.
School Counselor
Serving students grades 9-12 by last name, alpha groups Ho-Mo, and International Students
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288-7120 x316

Mrs. Jane Searl, M.S. Ed
School Counselor
Serving students grades 9-12 by last name, alpha groups A - Hi
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288-7120 x319

Mrs. Caitlin Schmalstich, M.S,
Middle School Counselor
Serving all students grades 6-8
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288-7120 x320

Mrs. Lisa Costello
Counseling Department Coordinator
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288-7120 x317