Welcome to RDMS! I am very excited to be the seventh grade guidance counselor this year!!! I am looking forward to working with the CLASS OF 2026 and helping you get the most of of middle school!  Here's a little video that I made just for you!



    Some Reminders and Important Information About RDMS:

    I'd like to highlight some important points of RDMS so you know what to expect upon starting the school year.  

    First, you will lots of responsibilities, if not more, than you you did in 6th Grade. You will be changing classes, getting to know a variety of new teachers again, and adhearing to bell schedules.

    Second, you will have to manage your time properly to fit in all your activities and obligations.  Balancing athletic practices and games, after school activities, social priorities, and academic rigors can be overwhelming.  Establishing a proper routine early in the year can help you stay organized and focused.

    Last but not least, you will move towards independence but still require guidance and support from your parents, teachers, and school counselor.  We encourage you to ask questions, seek answers on your own to start, and never be afraid to talk to adults about your worries or aprehensions.  We want your two short years at River Dell Middle School to be filled with proud moments, exciting adventures, and tons of learning!

    A Little About Me:

    The 2020 - 2021 school year marks my 18th year with River Dell!!! I was hired at River Dell High school in 2003 after recieving my first masters degree in Special Education.  During my time at River Dell I have advised classes and clubs, helped write curriculum, organized effective programs, and worked with a variety of teachers who helped me grow and evolve as an educator.  After recieving my second masters in counseling I felt the need to move my career in a different direction.  In 2008 I started to teach part time for a college.  Now, twelve years later, I am an adjunct professor for both The City College of New York and Manhattanville College.  I'm very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with both high school students and young adults entering a new phase of their lives. To see students progress and evolve both professionally and personally is quite inspiring.

    While I thouroughly enjoyed the classroom setting for many years, I always felt I could serve the students of River Dell more effectively in some other capacity.  This upcoming year will start my 3rd full year as a counselor at the middle school.  Working as a school counselor allows  me the opportunity to reach and interact with a larger population of students. I am interested in making meaningful impressions on the 7th graders that will help shape them into consciensious young adults and best prepare them for high school. 

    When I'm not at River Dell, I'm usually spending time with friends and family.  My husband, two young sons, and little dogs keep me very busy.  I try to always find time to stay invoved with current events, exercise good citizenship, and seek opportuities where I can learn and grow as a person.


    If you need assisatnce or have a particular question about the upcoming school year please email or call me: 

    Demetra Binder's Email

    201-599-7250  EXT:  7256