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Dorene Zacher
New Milford School District's
Student Assistance& Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Coordinator


My Qualifications

Experience You Can Count On


Addiction Counselor

1994-1996 Sunrise House Foundation: Addiction Counselor, Lafayette, New Jersey

Student Assistance Coordinator

2008- Present        

New Milford High School:  District Student Assistance Coordinator, New Milford, NJ


Bergen Catholic High School: Student Assistance Coordinator, Oradell, N.J


Sussex County Technical School: Student Assistance Coordinator, Sparta, N.J.


District Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Coordinator

2011 - Present 

Buddy Advisor

2011 - Present 

About Me... Dorene A. Zacher

Student assistance here to guide your child and your family

I have extensive knowledge of the educational system and clinical needs of students that I have acquired through my twenty years of experience as a Student Assistance Coordinator.  I am a highly motivated, creative problem solver who plays a proactive role in working with the students and their families to address their issues in a safe and therapeutic manner.

I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College, a Masters in Counseling degree from Montclair State University, State Licensure/Certification from the State of New Jersey, and a Substance Awareness Coordinator and Advanced Counseling Certificate from Montclair State University.

I have been honored to work as the New Milford School District's Student Assistance Coordinator for the past 10 years. 

Since 2011, I assumed the position of New Milford School District's Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Coordinator.  Throughout all these years, the students, administration, faculty and parents, have collaboratively pulled together to be the voice of the students who may not be "heard".


Walking into Mrs. Zacher's office is the first step in feeling better!

M.W. Class of 2019


Services I Offer

With You Every Step of the Way


Individual Sessions

A Happier, Healthier You

I will offer the students a safe and nurturing environment where they are free to discuss their current problems and assist them to improve their sense of self and coping skills. Together, we will address their  behaviors and develop valuable tools to be able to handle life’s obstacles.  If the students require clinical services that fall outside the scope of the school, I will assist the student and their family with the referral process.

School Consultation Session

Here For You

If you are feeling alone and addressing behavioral issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, violence, bullying, depression, suicide, stress, anxiety,  gambling, eating disorders, gang involvement, and/or other social/emotional issues, I promise you, you are not alone. 

An initial intake can be performed in my office to determine the severity of your situation and how we can address your needs in a safe and therapeutic manner.


Drop In Sessions

Come on In

Feeling a bit down lately and nothing seems to lift your spirits? Do you just need to talk to someone who will listen without judgement? If so, maybe it is time to seek guidance through the Student Assistance Office. Contact me today and let me help you find the best in yourself.

Your Liaison Between  The Administration

I Will Do The Talking

I will communicate your fears and concerns to the administration in a confidential manner, one in which protects your  anonymity .  I will advocate for the rights of the students. 

If you are concerned about a peer's or a classmate's behaviors or actions, contact me and discuss your concerns.  Together, we can make a difference in protecting our school.  Call me at 201-262-0172 Ext. 2013, or email me at dzacher@newmilfordschools.org.



Media Buzz

E-Cigarettes and Teens


Teen Depression






Parents Who Host

Know The Law Before it is TOO Late

Under New Jersey State Law, anyone who purposely or knowingly offers, serves or makes alcohol available to an underage person or entices or encourages that person to drink alcohol is a disorderly person. It is also violation of the law for a host to make their property available (including leaving the property in care of another person) for the consumption of alcohol by an underage person.

Bergen County Opiate Epidemic

Help Is On The Way

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office released statistics this week that show 2017 could be the most lethal year on record for the burgeoning heroin crisis.  What is New Jersey doing to address this epidemic?

School Violence

Do you know all of the signs?

There are times that the obvious is not apparent.

It Only Takes One Person To Make A Difference

Stand Up To Bullying

It only takes one person to be the voice of the victim, to stop the behaviors and to advocate for an individuals rights.

The Bullying Bystander

October 14, 2008

What would you do if you saw a child being bullied as an adult? What you stand up and help the student or would you ignore the situation.  Burger King knows the answer


Help Center


Can parents seek services through the Student Assistance Program directly?

Yes, parents/legal guardians can contact me directly at 201-262-0172 Ext. 2013

If my child does not have insurance, can you still assist my child to receive clinical services outside the scope of the school?

Yes, assistance will be given to assure that your child's needs are being met.

Is my child protected by confidentiality?

Students are, by nature, quite guarded regarding the disclosure of many issues (particularly drug/alcohol use) to adults. Many students worry about the conflict of interest in discussing personal issues with teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors when these are the very faculty members who grade them, discipline them, write their recommendation letters, and frequently communicate with their parents. Congress has recognized these obstacles and created federal confidentiality regulations (42 CFR Part 2), providing student access to confidential treatment for alcohol and drug related issues. In the event that other issues surface, the SAC is best equipped to communicate the nature of the problem with both the student and their family, and develop an appropriate treatment plan, which might involve additional community resources when necessary.

Does the S.A.C. only address substance issues?

No. The creation of the Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC) position in many school districts throughout New Jersey has been the most effective strategy to identify, address, and monitor individual students as well as coordinate and oversee district prevention/intervention efforts. The SAC is best suited to address drug and alcohol abuse, violence, bullying, depression, suicide, stress and anxiety disorders, gambling, eating disorders, gang involvement, and other social/emotional issues thatthreaten the well-being of all students, their families, and society as a whole.

Contact Me

330 River Rd
New Milford, Bergen County 07646

201-262-0172 Ext. 2013

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