Mrs. Stacie Gula

Grades K - 3

Phone: 570-722-4202

Fax: 570-722-0317


Mrs. Ashley Rully

Grades 4 - 8  

Phone: 570-722-4201

Fax: 570-722-0317 


 I have served as a School Counselor at the Penn Kidder Campus since 2005.  Prior to joining the staff at the Jim Thorpe Area School District I was employed as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant and Mobile Therapist serving children and adolescents in Luzerne County, as well as a Case Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  After graduating from Wyoming Area High School, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and my Masters of Science degree in School Counseling from the University of Scranton.  I have achieved certification in both the Elementary and Secondary levels of School Counseling.

I am a member of the American School Counselor Association, Pennsylvania School Counselors Association, Lehigh Carbon School Counselors Association, National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Jim Thorpe Education Association, and the Penn Kidder PTA.  

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and son. I'm also an avid New York Yankees fan.


Roles & Responsibilities of the School Counselor

School Counselors are available to help your child have a successful school year.  Mrs. Gula, Counselor for Grades K-3, and Mrs. Rully, Counselor for Grades 4-8, work with students, parents and teachers in many different ways to help students learn and develop to their highest potential. 

School counselors:

  • Counsel students individually

  • Conduct small group counseling

  • Teach classroom guidance lessons

  • Consult with parents and teachers

  • Provide referrals for community and other school services 

  • Maintain student academic records

Classroom Guidance

All students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade participate in classroom guidance lessons.  Mrs. Gula is responsible for guidance lessons in grades K-3, while Mrs. Rully is responsible for guidance lessons in grades 4-6.

  • Lessons occur in the student's classroom about twice a month.

  • Lessons are geared toward the developmental level of the class.

Topics covered may include:

  • Understanding and dealing with feelings

  • Getting along with others

  • Character development

  • Career awareness

  • Study skills

  • Decision making

  • Self-esteem

We are available to help your child have a successful school year.  Please contact us if you have any concerns about your child including:

  • classroom performance

  • unusual or changed behavior

  • family changes such as divorce, death, moving, home stress

  • peer relationships

Student Registration

Students moving into the Jim Thorpe Area School District and transferring into the Penn Kidder Campus must first register at the District Office.  Please refer to the Student Registration section of the district website for complete instructions.

Please understand that no student can be admitted until the registration process is completed in the District Office and reviewed by the school personnel.  The parent will be contacted by the school counselor to arrange a starting date.

If you are considering locating to the District and will be living in the areas covered by the Penn Kidder Campus, please call for a tour.