School Counseling

School Counseling Office Phone Number 

(603) 835-2917

Philosophy and Mission Statement

Our mission as school counselors is to provide a comprehensive guidance program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to become lifelong learners. Recognizing individual differences, our program addresses the personal, social, academic and career needs of all students. Our goal is to provide graduates with the competencies necessary to make self-directed, realistic and responsible decisions, and foster individuals who will be contributors in a changing society.   

Our Beliefs

We believe:

Our Counseling Team

School Counselor

Grade 9 - A-G

Grade 10 - A-H

Grade 11 - A-G

Grade 12 - A-H

School Counselor

Grade 9 - H-T

Grade 10 - I-S

Grade 11 - H-Sl

Grade 12 - I-Sp

Department Chair

School Counselor

Grade 9 - U-Z

Grade 10 - T-Z

Grade 11 - Sm-Z

Grade 12 - St-Z

Mental Health Specialist

School Counseling Adminstrative Assistant


Animal Assisted Intervention

Pemi is a six-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Her name comes from the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where she regularly hikes.

Pemi and her mom, school counselor Kim Chandler, work together as certified animal assisted intervention team (AAI). Pemi and her Mom are trained and certified through Pet Partners, Inc. Pemi has visited with people in nursing homes, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers for the past three years and is the official therapy dog for a local funeral home. She is kind and intuitive and enjoys meeting new people.

“As the field of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) rapidly grows in practice and public awareness, the body of empirical evidence supporting work with therapy animals has also become increasingly robust. The existing research on AAI is varied in its focus on populations and specific applications, but it all rests on the assumption that the human animal bond is a powerful tool capable of impacting wellness.

Beyond assisting people who are addressing physical health concerns, AAI also supports mental wellness. While we can all share stories of how our pets have helped us feel better, research has given us precise language to describe just what our animals are doing to improve mental health. AAI has been shown to do the following: Increase perceptions of social support; Support people during times of crisis; Assist professionals in providing trauma recovery; Decrease levels of general anxiety; Alleviate symptoms of depression; and Assist in formalized mental health treatment

The findings from research on AAI in educational settings give us plenty of evidence to suggest the positive impacts of incorporating therapy animals in the classroom. Research on AAI in learning environments has shown that therapy animals may help with the following aspects: Foster reading abilities, such as reading rate, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension; Enhance primary skills such as object recognition and categorization; Mitigate stress levels, especially surrounding events like final exams; Provide a source of motivation, stimulation, and focus in learning”

-       From Empirical Support for Therapy Animal Interventions, PetPartners, Inc. 2020.