Clifton T. Barkalow Middle School

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School Counselors

Miss Courtney Colford, M.A.
Students with last name A through L
(732) 431 - 4403 ext. 2121



Miss Colford began her time as a school counselor at Barkalow in 2006.  A graduate of University of Delaware, she obtained her Masters in Counseling from Montclair State University, as well as her supervisor and principal certificates.  She also pursued her SAC endorsement from Monmouth University.  Miss Colford was named Monmouth County School Counselor of the Year in 2017.  When not at Barkalow, Miss Colford can be found at the beach, attending concerts or Broadway shows or hanging with her dog Jovi (named after her FAVORITE band, Bon Jovi!)  

 Mr. Gregory Lins, M.S., Ed.
Students with last name M through Z
(732) 431 - 4403 ext. 2107

Mr. Lins graduated from Saint Leo University with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, and immediately joined the United States Army, commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Mr. Lins served in the United States Army for five years and reached the rank of Captain. Upon separation from the Army, Mr. Lins graduated from Monmouth University with a master's degree in School Counseling. Mr. Lins has been a school counselor at Barkalow since 2016. Prior to his start at Barkalow, he spent a year at Freehold Township High School. Outside of life at Barkalow, Mr. Lins is passionate about traveling with his wife, skiing, and generally anything involving the outdoors.

 Who are we?

As school counselors, Mr. Lins and Miss Colford assist students,teachers, and parents with strategies that lead to academic, emotional and social success. Help is available when you need it!
From time to time we will meet with students to discuss a number of issues such as academics, course selection, personal matters,test results, study skills, or plans for the future. One common goal is that we see each Barkalow student graduate after a rich and rewarding middle school career!


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