Phone: 203-275-3091


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Jim Gildea

Students P-Z

Mr. Gildea is a school counselor here in Bassick, serving the student population with the last names' P-Z.  He began at Bassick as an English teacher and has been a counselor since 1998.

Mr. Gildea has a Bachelor’s degree from Southern CT State University, a Master’s of School Counseling degree from University of Bridgeport and a Sixth-Year in Educational Studies. He is a member of ASCS, NSCA and NEACAC.

A few words from Mr. Gildea:

"I enjoy working with our wonderful students at Bassick and truly believe that their future is promising and bright. It is the mission of the Bassick counseling department to enthusiastically assist our students in achieving their future goals".



Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Michele Maggiore

Students A-F
Michele Maggiore is a school Counselor at Bassick High School serving the student population A-F. She has been a School Counselor in Bridgeport since 2014 and I have worked at the Elementary, Middle and High School Levels. Ms Maggiore has a Bachelor's Degree from Fairfield University where she majored in Sociology and double minored in Psychology and Art History. She has a Master's Degree in School Counseling from Fairfield University as well as a Master's Degree in Administration And Supervision from Fordham University. 
In addition to being a certified School Counselor Grades PK-12, Ms Maggiore is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Licensed Restorative Practices Trainer. The national organizations she belongs to are: American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Connecticut School Counselor Association (CSCA), and Chi Sigma Iota. 
A few words from Ms. Maggiore:
I greatly look forward to working with the students, families, and staff at Bassick High School to ensure student achievement in the following areas: social and emotional wellness, academic success, and college and career readiness! 

Phone: (203) 275-3093


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Karissa Shields

Students G-O

Karissa Shields is a school Counselor at Bassick High School serving the student population G-O. She has been working as a School Counselor in Bridgeport since 2015. She has worked at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

Ms. Sheilds has her Bachelors degree in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of School Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University.She currently holds her LPCA
and is working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She holds her NCC certification and is a member of ASCA, CSCA, NCDA, CCA, and NEACAC.  
A few words from Ms Shields:
I look forward to working with each of my students and their families to support them throughout their high school careers and future planning processes. 
I am proud to be a Bassick Lion!