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School Counseling Department

School Counseling Director

Mrs. Raquel E. Heath, M.S.

Counseling Director and AICE Cambridge Diploma seeking students
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. #GONOLESC

Class Counselors


Seniors - Class of 2024

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.

Juniors - Class of 2025

Mrs. Stacie Wiese
School Counselor

Extension: 38537

Mrs. Wiese is entering year 8 as a Certified School Counselor with Volusia County Schools.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in School Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.  Mrs. Wiese is married and a proud mom of three children - a sophomore at UCF (#GKCO), an 11th grader and a 5th grader.  All three are products of New Smyrna Beach schools, which makes it even more exciting for her to be joining the CUDAS Counseling Team!  In her spare time, Mrs. Wiese enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her family.

Sophomore Class of 2026

Lauren Mars Lacey

School Counselor

Extension:  38647

I am so excited to officially join the Barracuda Family! I’m a Volusia native with a Bachelor’s in Digital Art from Stetson University, a Master’s in School Counseling from Walden University, and an American School Counselor Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist. I am passionate about ensuring all students have a pathway to success. Outside of school, I can often be found listening to K-Pop or playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends. 


Freshman - Class of 2027

Mr. Joseph Mercier

School Counselor

Extension:  38544

I was born and raised in beautiful New Hampshire and graduated from New England College, a small liberal arts school with my Bachelor of Science.  I moved to Florida in 2000 to work with students who were at risk of getting in trouble with the law.  I married the love of my life in 2005 and we had our first son in (2006 then in 2007) we were blessed with our second son.  I finished my education certificate while working with this program and in 2012 I took a job with Daytona State College as a STEM community scholars coordinator but unfortunately this was only funded for 2 years.  My first job with Volusia County school was at Deltona High School where I worked with students who had behavioral concerns while I finished my counseling degree.  Once I finished my counseling degree, I was hired at Deland Middle School where I worked as a counselor in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade for the past 9 years.  I am an avid runner and have run quite a few marathons and half marathons as well as several 5K.  I just finished my first iron man in Chattanooga Tennessee (swim 1.5 miles, bike 52 miles and run 13.1 miles).  I liked it so much my next goal in the coming years will be to complete a full Iron man double the half.  I am also an experienced Hiker and have hiked 680 miles of the Appalachian Trail a 2300-mile trail that runs from Springer Mountain Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Main.  I am very excited to be joining the team at New Smyrna Beach High School.  College and career readiness have always been a passion of mine and I look forward to helping students being the best productive citizen they can be. 



Data Clerk

Mrs. Cynthia Lewis

Extension 38603



Mrs. Rachael Ursini

Extension 38897



Mrs. Kathleen Pennell

Extension 38536

CTE Facilitator and Volunteer Mentor Coordinator

Denise Johns

Adult Volunteer
Extension 38542