• meet our counselors

          Mrs. Jennifer Kirk, Curriculum Leader

     
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    I was born and raised in Moon Township, PA and attended The University of Pittsburgh where I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree with certifications in School Counseling and Administration. I'm currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at Northeastern University with a concentration in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership.  My career began with the Cornell School District where I served students as a K-12 School Counselor. I began my tenure at Upper St. Clair High School thirteen years ago after working for five years at Fort Couch Middle School. 

    I aim to start each school day with excitement and positivity.  Facilitating a comprehensive ASCA Model School Counseling program that allows students to transition from the 8th grade through graduation is exciting.  I am proud at graduation ceremonies each year watching students receive their diplomas and move onto the next phase of their lives.  

    When the school day ends I am very busy with my husband G.W., our two children, Tyler and Annabelle, and our dog Aspen. You might find me on the football field or lacrosse field, or perhaps at the  gym.  Personally, I enjoy swimming, going for a run, or on a long family walk with the dog.  I genuinely love what I do and look forward to seeing my students each day.


     

    Mr. Jerry Malarkey

     
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    I started teaching at Upper St. Clair High School in February of 1977. For about twenty years I taught Ninth Grade Civics/Geography, American History, World History, Sociology, and Psychology I joined the Counseling Department in the fall of 1997 and have found this chapter of my career to be very rewarding and exciting. My biggest thrill comes from watching students mature throughout their four years of high school and then go on to be successful in college or their chosen career. It is especially rewarding when students make the effort to keep in touch after graduating. In addition to my duties as a teacher and counselor I coached football for ten years and I have been the Head Baseball Coach since 1985.  My wife Laurie and I have two children, Jeff and Jenny. My interests outside school include Pirate baseball, golf, hiking in the woods, and music as well as maintaining a small vegetable garden.

    I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my career at Upper St. Clair and look forward to another exciting school year.


     

    Mr. Thomas Marquis

     
     
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    I grew up in Derry, Pennsylvania and completed my undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at St. Vincent College. After completing my undergraduate studies at St. Vincent, I was employed at Pressley Ridge of Westmoreland County. During my three years at Pressley Ridge, I had the opportunity to serve children and families by providing community-based, school-based, and residential mental health services. While employed at Pressley Ridge, I attended graduate classes in Duquesne University’s Counselor Education Program. I graduated from Duquesne’s Counselor Education Program in December of 2003 with a Master’s Degree in School Counseling.

    I was hired by Upper St. Clair at the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year. This will be my 15th year working with students at Upper St. Clair High School. My favorite part of being a counselor has been getting to know my students and watching them grow and mature throughout their high school careers. I’m looking forward to another successful school year!

    Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my wife Carrie, daughter Avery, and triplets Quinn, Reese, and Braiden. I also enjoy listening to music, playing guitar, outdoor activities, and watching movies.


     

    Mr. Gordon Mathews

     

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    I am very excited to join the counseling team at my Alma Mater! Upon my graduation from Upper St. Clair High School in 2010, I continued my studies at Washington & Jefferson College. After a short stint in the business world, I shifted my focus to School Counseling and entered a Masters program at Duquesne University. During the 2016-2017 school year, I began my career with Upper St. Clair as an Intern Counseling Student at both Upper St. High School and Fort Couch Middle School. While working as an intern, I continued my coaching career at Upper St. Clair, coaching football for the 8th grade. This past year, I was employed at the High School working on a few programs and creating the Upper St. Clair Alumni Initiative, connect2USCSD.

    While I will continue to develop some of the programs I helped create over the last two school years, I look forward to working with the Class of 2022 and continuing to coach football at the High School level. Although the transition to high school can be overwhelming, I hope to help each and every one of my students feel comfortable, while also helping them to succeed. Upper St. Clair provided so much to me as a student, and I hope to give back just as much as a counselor!

    I have also moved back to the community that I grew up in, and I now live in Upper St. Clair with my wife, Lauren, and our Goldendoodle, Nala. You may see me outside of school walking my dog, skiing, or going out to the movies.


                 Mrs. Kristin Pardini

     

    Mrs. Kristin Pardini
    In January of 2017, I was so pleased to be given the opportunity to return to the Upper St. Clair High School Counseling Office where I began my school counseling career in 1993. After having worked in the district for 8 years, I left in 2001 to accept a position as Upper School Counselor at the International School of Prague for 2 years. Upon my return to the US, I served as the Associate Director of College Counseling at Shady Side Academy from 2004-2008.

    My trajectory changed entirely in 2008 when I married my husband, Bill (USC Class of 1974), returned to graduate school to pursue additional coursework in educational psychology, and ultimately put my career on hold to start my family.  Motherhood, more than any educational or professional experience, has had the greatest influence on me as a counselor and educator because I have a more intimate knowledge of the challenges of helping kids to grow up well. I know that parents are only as happy as their saddest child, and I keep that in mind as I work with both my students and their parents as they face the challenges of navigating young adulthood. It’s a privilege to be here working with Upper St. Clair High School students and their families, and I am happy to be back!



    Dr. William S. Rullo

     
     
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    Dr. William S. Rullo holds adjunct professor positions at California University of Pennsylvania and St. Vincent College teaching school counseling courses. In May 1996, he obtained his Doctorate of Education degree through the Administrative and Policy Studies program at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Rullo served as a junior high school counselor for four years with the Greater Latrobe School District in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, a position he acquired after receiving his Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May, 1992. His classroom experience with the Greater Latrobe School District preceded his counseling position. Dr. Rullo earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and teaching certificate in Social Studies in June, 1986, at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
     
     
    Dr. Rullo and his wife Joy, son Brian, and daughter Jocelyn reside in Upper St. Clair. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, music, and physical fitness.