Welcome to RDMS! I am very excited to be the seventh grade guidance counselor!!! I am looking forward to working with the CLASS OF 2024 and getting to know all of you over the next two years!

    A Little About RDMS:

    Transitioning to middle school is a new and exciting experience that can be different for everyone.  I'd like to highlight some of the changes you will encounter so you know what to expect upon starting the school year.  First, you will certainly have more responsibilities than you did in elementary school. As a middle school student you will be changing classes, getting to know a variety of teachers, and adhearing to bell schedules. This may seem scary because you're now a small fish in a big pond, but remember that all new experiences are a little intimidating at the beginning. 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. A big part of entering 7th grade means you become accountable and responsible for your actions.  You may be looking forward to all of the new responsibiities that you're going to inheret yet a little concerned about how you will handle it all.  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 experience at River Dell Middle School to be filled with proud moments, exciting adventures, and inspiring learning!

    A Little About Me:

    The 2018 - 2019 school year marks my 15th year with River Dell!!! While I'm new to the midddle school and this position, I'm certainly not new to the district.  I was hired at the 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, ten 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.  Working as a school counselor will allow me the opportunity to reach and interact with a larger population of students. I am eager to make meaningful impressions on the 7th graders that will help shape them into consciensious young adults.  

    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.

    I'm very enthusiastic about my new position as a School Counselor and truely can't wait to get started! 


    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:  2305