Guidance Department

Guidance Counselor:
Joel Dougan 
609-399-3191 x 6501

Guidance Website

About Mr. Dougan

I grew up in the small town of Rock Hall, Maryland and moved to Ocean City when I was in 2nd grade. After graduating from Ocean City High School in 1998, I joined the Army after high school and transferred to the NJ National Guard. While at La Salle University I was an Elementary Education/Special Education major. I transferred to Richard Stockton College and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, my unit was activated and sent to Ground Zero. My unit was responsible for guarding the bridges and tunnels leading into New York City. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, I completed one tour of duty in Iraq, serving as MP (military police) and stationed in Baghdad from 2004-2005.

My first teaching position was in Vineland, NJ where I worked with extreme, at-risk elementary school students in an alternative school setting. In 2007, I joined the Ocean City School District as a high school Special Education Teacher. During my time at the high school, I worked as a resource room, in-class support and self-contained teacher. Also, while at the high school I worked closely with both the Behavior and Life Skills programs and students with Autism.

I look forward to working with the students, teachers, parents and community members, while providing services to the district.