About the School Counselors

Jennifer Lugo, M.Ed.

Last Names Beginning with A-J, All Grades


512-943-5090 ext 6927

Welcome to Benold Middle School, where we believe that every student's journey is unique and important. My name is Jennifer Lugo, and I am honored to be the School Counselor for last names A-J. With a deep passion for helping young minds flourish, I am committed to fostering a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment where every student can thrive.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Teaching, a Master's Degree in School Counseling, and 14 years of experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the counseling program. My journey has been marked by a diverse range of experiences, including classroom teaching, intervention, individual counseling, and facilitating group discussions on topics such as empathy, self-esteem, bullying prevention, conflict resolution, executive functioning skills, and academic goal setting.

Beyond my role as a counselor, I am also an avid reader, car singer, wife, funtie to 4 amazing nieces and 3 nephews,  dog mom, cyclist, retired competition jumprope diva, and one of a few people who call Ding Dong, Tx home. #Itsarealplace

I believe that middle school is a pivotal time in a young person's life, marked by both exciting possibilities and unique challenges. My approach is centered on a blend of empathy, active listening, and evidence-based techniques to empower students to navigate these years successfully. I am dedicated to helping students develop strong communication skills, emotional intelligence, and the resilience needed to overcome obstacles.

I strongly believe that a collaborative effort involving students, parents, teachers, and staff leads to the best outcomes for our students. I work closely with all stakeholders to ensure that every student's needs are understood and met effectively.

I am excited to be a part of your child's journey at Benold Middle School. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule a meeting. Let's work together to empower our students to lead, serve, and grow! I am here for YOU!

Amanda Smith, NCC, Ed.S., LPC-Associate

Last Names Beginning with K-Z, All Grades


512-943-5090 ext 6913

Hello! My name is Amanda Smith and I love being a part of the Benold Middle School community as the Professional School Counselor for students with a last name starting with K-Z. 

I earned my Bachelors of Art in Psychology from Miami University (Oxford, OH) with a focus on Developmental and Psychopathology. I went on to earn my Masters of Education and Education Specialist degrees in School Counseling from Valdosta State University (Valdosta, GA). I am a National Certified Counselor, as well as hold a School Counseling certificate in Texas and Georgia. I have an article published in the Georgia School Counselor Association Journal, and have received special recognition by both Valdosta State University and the National Board for Certified Counselors for my commitment to the profession. In addition to counseling, I taught Introduction to Psychology and Advanced Placement Psychology at the high school level for several years. 

I truly have a passion to assist adolescents learn the coping skills necessary to become successful adults. I firmly believe that when children learn how to self-regulate, they become incredibly empowered and resilient. It is my goal to educate, encourage, guide, and model appropriate coping skills to best support every student.

When I am not working, I spend most of my time with my husband, two children, and dog relaxing, traveling, running, and exploring Texas. I also enjoy scrapbooking, using my Cricut, reading, and baking. 

I look forward to getting know the students and parents of Benold!

We are here for YOU!

Comprehensive School Counseling Program Calendar

22-23 Benold Middle School Counseling Program Data


The CREST Award (Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas) was presented to Mrs. Lugo and Mrs. Smith on behalf of the Texas School Counselor Association for promoting an exemplary counseling program in Texas based on the Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling.  This award recognizes campus and counselor leadership and advocacy for serving students and the entire school community.