Counseling Staff

School Counseling Directory

Office: 203-736-5036

Fax: 203-736-5056

Jennylee Hoffman, Administrative Assistant:

Adam Baker, School Counselor for Students: A-L:

Jennifer Ostrosky, School Counselor for Students: 

Michael Shortell, School Counselor Long Term

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Who we are

School Counselor

Jennifer Ostrosky

Bio:   I am embarking on my fifteenth year in the Derby school district!  I worked for eight years at Irving Elementary School, and then transferred to Derby High School in the 2015 school year.  I graduated from Central Connecticut State University receiving a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. After completing my Bachelor's degree, I worked as a one-on-one paraprofessional for a student with multiple disabilities.  I then continued my education pathway by earning a Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University. Currently, I am the advisor of the National Honor Society and the Valley SURGE council. My years in Derby have been filled with much joy and pride. Our students are the reason in which I have put down roots in the Derby School District. Not only do I find joy in raising my own two wonderful daughters and teaching them the skills needed to be successful in this ever changing society, but I also find pleasure in guiding our awesome students at DHS in reaching their fullest potential! 

Adam Baker

BioAn Alumni of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Management in 2010.  In 2015, I decided to go back to school for a Master’s degree in School Counseling and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2018.  I have been working in Derby since 2017, when I was a School Counseling intern at Derby High School.  I was hired in 2018 as a School Counselor at Derby Middle School, where I spent one year.  I have been a School Counselor at Derby High School since 2019.  Throughout my time in Derby, I have coached Football, Boys Basketball and Baseball at DHS.  I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and dog Charley.

School Counselor

Michael Shortell
School Counselor - LTS

Michael SHortell