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School Counseling Director

AICE Students and Counseling Director
Extension: 38544

Mrs. Johnson has been a Certified School Counselor with Volusia County Schools for 28 years. She earned a Bachelor's degree from Florida A & M University in Journalism and a Master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Central Florida. She received National Board Certification in 2006. She enjoys reading, physical fitness, spending time with family and friends, and scrapbooking. She is a member of the Volusia School Counselor Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is happily married to her husband, Earl, and the proud mother of two wonderful adult children, a precious daughter-in-law, and a 12-pound yorkie poo. She is also a loving "Mema" to her adorable grandson, Elias.

Class Counselors

Freshman - Class of 2026

School Counselor
Extension: 38578

Mrs. Heath has been a Certified School Counselor with Volusia County Schools since 2006. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Warner University and her Master's Degree in School Counseling from Barry University. She is a Cuda through and through and enjoys helping her students grow into young adults.  She was selected by her peers as Teacher of the Year 2022-2023 at NSB High School.  She loves football and is happiest on Friday nights, wearing black and red, and cheering for the Cudas. She is married with two children, both graduates from FSU. #GONOLES

Seniors - Class of 2023

Mrs. Samantha Hepburn

School Counselor

Extension 38647

Mrs. Hepburn has been an educator for Volusia County Schools since 2003.  She has served as an Elementary Education teacher and in 2009 began her role as a Certified School Counselor with Volusia County Schools.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and her Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. She is a proud wife and mother to three wonderful children.  She enjoys attending football games and spending time with her family.  She is exicted to return to New Smyrna Beach High School.  #nobodyhasitbetterthanus

Juniors - Class of 2024

Mrs. Erin Burns, MS, LMFT 

School Counselor

Extension 38537

Mrs. Burns is a native Floridian that has lived in Volusia County since she was 2 years old. She is a proud mom of a daughter and step-daughter AND her yellow lab, Nani. She is very family oriented and loves spending time with her husband and family. Her extracurricular activities include surfing, working in her yard, and reading. Her background includes teaching, psychotherapy, and school counseling.

Sophomores - Class of 2025

Mrs. Ashley Barringer
School Counselor
Extension: 38540

As a former Cuda herself, Mrs. Barringer has been a Certified School Counselor with Volusia County Schools for 5 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Central Florida and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Stetson University. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

School Counselor - College & Career Readiness

Ms. Marla Griffin

Extension 38588

Winthrop University, SC
B.S. Consumer Science
M.Ed. Counseling and Human Development

After five years as a college recruiter for my alma mater, I returned to NSB and
I have served as a counselor to the students of Volusia county since 1990. I began as a Financial Aid counselor for the University of Central Florida, DB. From UCF, I worked at NSB Middle, DeLand High, and Chisholm Elementary ( with part time work at Coronado and NSB High).
I grew up in Volusia county and spent my college years in South Carolina where I met my husband, Frank Griffin. In my free time, you'll find me reading on the beach, watching a soccer match, spending time with friends or traveling with Frank.
I am very excited to have the opportunity to assist students in their college/career/technical or military exploration!


Data Clerk

Extension 38603
Mrs. Rachael Ursini
Extension 38897


Extension 38536

Volunteer Mentor Coordinator

Denise Johns
Adult Volunteer
Extension 38542