School Counseling

Stephanie Smart

As one of the School Counselors here at South Meadow School, I currently provide students in grades 5 and 7 support with academic achievement, social emotional development and further education/career planning.  We come together on an individual basis, in small group settings, or in a classroom environment.  The South Meadow counseling department works to strengthen relationships, provide support in reaching student goals, and guiding children toward developing conflict resolution skills.  We also work collaboratively with parents, teachers, administration, and outside agencies to ensure a strong rapport and partnership that helps our students be successful. 

I have been a School Counselor at South Meadow for the past 7 school years.  Prior to that, I worked at Fidelity Investments before deciding to take a leap of faith to pursue the field of School Counseling.  I earned a BS in Business-Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University in 2005 and my M.Ed. in School Counseling from Rivier University in 2012.  I currently reside in Nashua, NH with my husband Jeremiah and two daughters, Tenley (10) and Delaney (8).  We enjoy spending time at the beach, camping, attending concerts, plays, and traveling, when able.  My favorite thing about being a school counselor is the relationships I build with my students.  Providing them with the support and guidance they need and watching them grow into young adults is truly a gift.

Mrs. Stephanie Smart

Ashley AuCoin (Goggin)

B.A. Psychology and M. Ed School Counselor- Keene State College 

This is my fifth year as a School Counselor and second year with South Meadow School. I support both sixth and eighth grade students with academic, social/emotional learning, and career goals through individual, group and classroom counseling.

Before landing in this awesome school, I was a school counselor at TES and DCS, and prior to the Conval School District, I could be found at Wilton Lyndeborough Middle School, and the Kearsarge Regional School District in various roles.

My goal this school year is to help foster healthy peer relationships, support mental health, and promote academic success and growth among all students. I love to support students outside of school as well, whether it be in the theater or on the soccer fields. That balance of work and play is so important, for kids and adults!

Beyond the school counseling role, I spend time with my family. My husband and I live in Bennington, NH with our three children. You can find us hanging out on Crotched Mountain- hiking and skiing, or traveling to Vermont or Maine for a weekend getaway. Something unique? I have completed a presidential traverse in the white mountains in one day, twice! I love our white mountains and the beautiful granite state. 

Ms. Ashley AuCoin (Goggin) 

Lydia Price

This is my second year here at South Meadow School. I am thrilled to be in the position of Student Support Counselor where I have the opportunity to help foster resilience, reduce stress and anxiety and watch students become independent in their journey through middle school. My goal is to work proactively and collaboratively with all staff and students who require support with social, emotional and behavioral needs. Before joining the incredible team at SMS, I could be found working with the wonderful staff at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Keene, NH. My alma mater is Wheelock College in Boston and I recently received my masters degree from UNH. My passion for helping others can be traced back to a few different professional and personal experiences I have had. Whether it was being a part of my high school drama club, traveling and working in Ethiopia or spending summers with some incredible kids, I have always enjoyed being a support in any way possible. 

Outside of work, I am committed to getting outside and traveling as much as possible. I enjoy hiking, kayaking and exploring new places with good food! Self care, wellness and having fun are three important aspects of our lives that I strive to educate and remind students about everyday. If we can all support one another, show kindness and take care of ourselves and each other, we will see change for the better!

Ms. Lydia Price

Below are some resources available to SMS students and families that may be helpful:

2023 Monadnock Region Family Resource Guide