School Counselor
    Maria Csikortos
    School Counselor, North House Guidance
    Liaison for the Great Potential Program, Youth Bureau of White Plains
    Co-Advisor of the Her Honor Mentoring Program
     Welcome to my Web Page! Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a native New Yorker and moved to Westchester County 9 years ago after living in the borough of Queens my whole life. It was a smooth transition. Having lived in one of the most diverse places in the world, I instantly fell in love with the students of White Plains. I received my Master of Science Degree in Education from St. John's University in 2003 and my second Master of Science Degree in School Building Leadership from Mercy College in 2016.  I have been a certified New York state counselor for seventeen years and am very fortunate to have been in White Plains for the last fourteen. While working as a high school counselor, I have assisted students in all aspects of course selection, vocational and career exploration, as well as the college search and application process. As a small group facilitator, I enjoy meeting with students to discuss a variety of topics, from cyber bullying to communicating effectively with teachers to financial aid for college. As a counselor, one of my greatest challenges lies in helping children to recognize their uniqueness. Encouraging them to embrace it and use it as a stepping stone, is my greatest reward.
    For those of you who already know me, know that I have a very casual style and an open-door policy. I welcome parent meetings and feel strongly about collaborating with them for the success of the student. E-mailing me is the fastest way to reach me and I try my hardest to return calls within 24 hours. Also, I speak Spanish fluently, which isn't always obvious due to my Greek surname. Lastly, just know that I am here to serve students and families. As a mother myself, I know it is a sometimes trying yet exciting time in the lives of our children. I feel very honored to be a part of their journey into young adulthood.