Counselor, was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, and came to Oliverian by way of Baltimore, Maryland. This fall, Stephanie starts her eighth year at Oliverian, and she can’t believe how fast the years have gone by! She has traveled all over the world, including a visit to Machu Picchu, a frigid night in the ice hotel in Finland, and a trip spent fishing for piranhas in the Amazon. Northern New Hampshire seems just as exotic to this true southerner, but Stephanie feels at home here at the base of the White Mountains. After receiving her BA in history from Tulane University, Stephanie worked for two nonprofits in New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit, she moved up to Baltimore and worked as dormitory parent at a boarding school for three years. During this time, Stephanie completed her Master’s of education in guidance and counseling from Loyola University, Maryland.
Stephanie utilizes a variety of practices and interventions tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. She uses a strengths-based approach, building a strong foundation through a good rapport and therapeutic alliance. Stephanie can help students navigate day-to-day experiences, manage crisis situations with precision, and work with families on transitions. She has experience working with adolescents with anxiety, emotional dysregulation, young people struggling with self-esteem and body issues, and young adults on the spectrum.
When not spending time with our students, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her fiancé Rodney and her furry friends Finn, Dexter and Mickey, and planning her next trip!
What do you love most about Oliverian?
“I love my Oliverian family. Faculty and students, we are one big family and I have never experienced that at any other school. I love that I have students over to bake cookies at my house and play with my dogs or that on any given evening after dinner, several faculty children are running on the front lawn, playing tetherball, and LARPing with students. This is not a school where we all live — it’s home.”
What motivates you to work with (or in proximity to) kids?
“Ninth grade was very tough for me. I made a tough decision to finish school away from home and it was the best decision I ever made. To this day my mother still says ‘you were right, I was wrong!’ While at boarding school I was surrounded by amazing faculty and staff, both in and out of the classroom. My dorm parents and teachers helped change the course of my life and while I was preparing to graduate I knew I wanted to work with students who had similar experiences to mine.”