The Medford Public Schools Counseling Department uses a whole student approach to provide mental health services, academic and post secondary support, and connections to community resources. We work closely with school staff, parents and the community to provide comprehensive support for students. Our mission is to help students be successful in navigating the exciting and evolving world around them.
Additional resources related to counseling and mental health are posted on the School Counseling page of the district website.
Nellie Broderick, LICSW
Ms. Broderick is an adjustment counselor at Medford High School. She earned her Bachelor’s in Social Work at the University of Vermont and her Master’s in Social Work at Simmons College. Before joining the counseling team at Medford High School, she worked as a social worker at a partial hospitalization program and an adoption agency. Ms. Broderick has worked at Medford High School since 2018 and she loves her job! Ms. Broderick enjoys working directly with students, families and teachers and developing plans to best support students in school. She wants all students to feel safe and supported in school. In her free time, Ms. Broderick enjoys walking her dog, Louie, baking and spending time with her family and friends.
Jason Nascimento, Master's Guidance Counseling
Mr. Nascimento is a School Counselor at Medford High School. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from Tufts University and his Master's in School Guidance Counseling from Cambridge College. Mr. Nascimento has worked at Medford High School since 2009 as a substitute teacher, math teacher, and counselor. He also served as both an assistant coach and the head coach of the football team from 2009-2018. He enjoys gardening, landscaping and loves college football. Mr. Nascimento loves to spend time with his family and loves getting to know all of the students at MHS.
Emily Winskowicz M.Ed. (she/her/hers)
Ms. Winskowicz has returned to Medford High School as a School Counselor, after completing her School Counseling Internship at MHS during the 2019-2020 school year. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Keene State College and her Masters degree at Salem State University. Prior to returning to MHS, Ms. Winskowicz worked as a School Counselor at a small, private school in Belmont. Before she was a School Counselor, she was an organic vegetable farmer for 8 years, and also worked as a farm educator with kids and teens. She is thrilled to be back at Medford High School and enjoys working with all of the students on her caseload. When Ms. Winskowicz is not counseling students, she enjoys hiking, gardening, kayaking, crafting, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Mabel.
Krista Normandin, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)
Ms. Normandin is a School Counselor at Medford High School, she joined the counseling team in 2013 and before MHS she worked at Arlington Catholic for two years as a Counselor. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Westfield State University and her Master’s Degree at Cambridge College. Ms. Normandin has spent time coaching the MHS Volleyball and Softball team at MHS before having children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and staying active. Ms. Normandin’s favorite part of her career is the post secondary process and getting to know each and every student and their dreams for the future.
Tracey Riley, M.Ed., CAGS (she/her/hers)
Ms. Riley is a School Psychologist at Medford High School. She started at MHS in 2007 and previously worked at an outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at UMass Amherst and her Master’s Degree at UMass Boston. Ms. Riley enjoys working with students to understand their learning styles and needs and helping them succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. When not at school, she enjoys being outside, spending time with her 3 children, friends and dog.
Becca Steinberg Matloff, M.Ed., CAGS
Becca Matloff is an adjustment counselor at Medford High School in H house. She earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Middlebury College and her Master’s in Education with a licensure in School Adjustment Counseling at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Matloff worked at Germaine Lawrence Residential school and at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School before joining the counseling team at Medford High School in 2015. She has loved her time at Medford supporting students and helping them build the skills to be independent and successful young adults. When she is not working she spends her time chasing after her toddler and trying to train her dog.
Joel Menasha, M.Ed. (he, him, his)
Mr. Menasha is enjoying his 4th year in Medford. He grew up south of Boston, in the town of Sharon (very close to Gillette Stadium) Mr. Menasha went to college at UMass Amherst, and worked in TV news after graduating. He is proof it is ok to change careers and after 4 years at 7 News in Boston, he went back to school and earned his guidance degree at UMass Boston. Prior to Medford, Mr. Menasha worked at two alternative high schools. His favorite part of the job is getting to know students and seeing them get excited about their future. Outside of school, Mr. Menasha enjoys cooking, hiking, and trying to figure out how to get on the Netflix show, "Nailed It!"
Victoria (Tori) Small, M.Ed. (she/her/hers)
Ms. Small has been working as a School Counselor at Medford High School since September of 2010. Originally from northeastern NJ, Victoria earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her Master’s in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Throughout her tenure at Medford, Ms. Small has served as Advisor to the Class of 2013, a Dreamfar High School Marathon Coach, and has led three overseas service learning trips for high school students. Ms. Small discovered her passion for travel while studying abroad in Australia and has since visited 20+ countries. She enjoys reading, running, decorating, and helping students to figure out a plan for their future. Please feel free to stop by her office (C302-5) to say hello!
Brittany Cunningham, LICSW
Ms. Cunningham is an Adjustment Counselor at Medford High School. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Fairfield University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College. Ms. Cunningham joined the Counseling Team at MHS in 2019 to help spearhead the start of the STEPS Program, a school re-entry program providing intensive, short term support to students and their parents during a student’s return from hospitalization or an extended leave of absence. Before coming to work at Medford High School, Ms. Cunningham worked in a Psychiatric Hospital providing intensive mental health treatment to Adults, Adolescents and Children. Ms. Cunningham’s favorite part of her job is building meaningful relationships with students that foster a sense of safety and worth while promoting growth and wellness. When she is not working, Ms. Cunningham loves to workout, read and spend time with friends and family at the beach.
Diana Ortega, M.S., SYC (she/her/hers)
Diana Ortega, is one of the School Psychologists at Medford High School. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. She earned her Master’s Degree in School Psychology and Sixth Year Certificate in School Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to working at Medford High School, Ms. Ortega completed a 1,200 hour supervised internship at Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. While completing her internship, Ms. Ortega also worked as a paraprofessional. She began working as a school psychologist at Medford High School at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. As a school psychologist, Ms. Ortega provides direct support and interventions to students, consults with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school adjustment counselors) to improve support strategies. During her free-time, Ms. Ortega enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active.