Clifton T. Barkalow Middle School

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

Ms. Colford began her time as a school counselor at Barkalow in 2006.  A graduate of University of Delaware, she then 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.  Ms. Colford was named Monmouth County School Counselor of the Year in 2017.  When not at Barkalow, Ms. 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. James Murphy, M.A.
 School Counselor
Students with last name M through Z
(732) 431 - 4403 ext. 2107

Mr. Murphy graduated from Neumann University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and briefly worked with Delaware County Juvenile Court and Probation Services in Media, PA.  Through volunteering and coaching Mr. Murphy decided that a career in working with children and teens in school was an absolute necessity.  Previously he worked with the Brick Recreation Department, where he was responsible for organizing youth sports programs and community events while also working towards his Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Kean University, graduating in 2020.  Outside of work, Mr. Murphy coaches youth and high school ice hockey, enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and three children and loves being outside anywhere near the saltwater!  Mr. Murphy is extremely excited to be a part of Barkalow and looks forward to meeting more fantastic young people every day!

 Who are we?

As school counselors, Ms. Colford and Mr. Murphy 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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