About the School Counselors
Jennifer Lugo, M.Ed.
Amanda Smith, NCC, Ed.S., LPC-Associate
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!
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.