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National School Counseling Week Spotlight: Abby Cantello

Abby Cantello

The role of a school counselor has changed over the years.

According to the American School Counselors Association, “counselors are certified/licensed educators who improve student success for ALL students by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.”

With National School Counseling Week being celebrated this week (Feb. 1-5), let’s get to know the Marion Central School District’s three school counselors.

First up is elementary school counselor Abby Cantello:

Name: Abby Cantello.

Years at Marion: Three.

Years as School Counselor: Three.

College Education: SUNY Geneseo for undergrad. University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education for my graduate degree. 

Hometown: Syracuse.

I became a school counselor because: I’ve known since the summer before my junior year of high school that I wanted to be a school counselor. A big part of my why then and now is the positive transformational power of consistent and caring relationships. I had several teachers and my own school counselor who were instrumental in my personal and academic well being because of the time they took to create meaningful relationships with me. My greatest hope, and what I strive for every day as a school counselor, is to foster meaningful, caring connections with the students and staff I interact with.  

The most rewarding part of my job is: working with our youngest students and getting to teach them about and support them through their feelings 

 In my spare time I like to: do yoga, be outside, go for hikes, read, spend time with friends and spend time with my cats. 

In closing: I love being a Marion Black Knight! I enjoy working in a community where I can easily get to know and interact with all students and staff. I feel honored to be the elementary school counselor and am excited to continue to build the counseling program and form relationships with all students and staff!

Abby Cantello can be reached at or (315) 926-4256, extension 2204