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Denise Tafuto

School Counselor

"Work hard and be nice to people." Anthony Burrill

About Mrs. Tafuto

My career in education began in 2003 as an 8th grade Language Arts teacher. After 8 years teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts for Waterbury Public Schools and New Haven Public Schools, I decided to pursue a master's degree in counseling. Shortly after graduation I was hired by Naugatuck Public Schools to serve as a school counselor at City Hill. 
Our school is special because of the people in it. The dedication to students and education is exemplary and I am proud to be part of the CHMS community!
Education: B.F.A. Theatre, Central CT State University
                    M.S. Counseling, Southern CT State University 
Years Teaching: 8 as a teacher, 5 as a counselor
Years in Naugatuck Schools: 5
A few of my favorite things: tea, exercise, a good meal, snow days, spending time with family and friends 
What I do at City Hill: I work with students whose last names begin with the letters M-Z. I meet with students individually and in small groups for counseling interventions, run counseling groups, work with students, parents, and staff members to determine appropriate interventions and manage 504 accommodation plans for students on my caseload. I am one of the teachers for our Middle School Seminar course. I also assist students and parents with high school exploration, application, and course registration. Additionally, I am a co-adviser for out National Junior Honor Society.