The Guidance Program at MBS consists of a three person team: Mr. Eddie Franz, the Director of Guidance, Dr. Sam Tuttle, the MS Guidance Coordinator, and Ms. Jenna Sumner, the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. All three are experienced school counselors that work together in support of students. The guidance team acts as a resource for students, families, and teachers.
Eddie Franz, our Guidance Director since 1993 holds a Masters in Secondary School Counseling and is responsible for many of our guidance driven initiatives at Morristown-Beard School over the last 28 years. Mr. Franz meets individually with students, and runs a series of group guidance programs in all of the upper school grades including Freshman and Senior Transitions, Career Testing for juniors, and a Senior-Sophomore Workshop. Mr. Franz also serves on the Upper School team which includes grade deans, the Head of the Upper School, and the members of the CTL. This group covers all guidance issues in grades nine through twelve once per cycle. Mr. Franz also teaches Humanities and Constitutional Law to juniors and seniors.
Jenna Sumner joined the MBS Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) in 2009 as its director. In 2017, she also joined the Guidance Department and now provides counseling along with academic support to students. Having received her masters degree in clinical counseling in 2005, Ms. Sumner is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and very committed to adolescent mental health. Ms. Sumner facilitates training for faculty, such as Mental Health First Aid, started a Mental Health Matters club for students, and developed curriculum, with the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, for the 3-day retreat for Upper School students.
Dr. Sam Tuttle joined the Morristown-Beard School Wellness Department in 2014 as the Middle School Guidance Counselor. A licensed psychologist, Sam provides social-emotional support by means of counseling and mediation for Middle School students and consultation for parents and faculty. He also teaches Wellness classes, chairs the Social and Emotional Learning Committee and Wellness Department, facilitates faculty training, conducts Parent Coffees, and helps to design and implement Middle School workshops. In addition to his responsibilities as Guidance Counselor, Sam coaches the Middle School Track team and serves as a chaperone for the Ski Club.