Nicole Lewis

Director of Student Services/Guidance

Cortney Slobodnjak

School Clinician

Nicole Lewis

Director of Student Services/Guidance


Hi, I’m Nicole Lewis and I joined the CAES team as School Counselor in 2007. I hold a Master’s of Education in School Counseling from Keene State College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Education from Southern New Hampshire University. Prior to graduate school, I attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY where I received a B.S. in Television-Radio with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal and Juvenile Justice Studies.

At CAES I teach classroom guidance in grades K-6, with the goal of utilizing multiple modalities to further develop the skills that students need to better help themselves and those around them. Some of the skill areas we address are: recognizing the feelings of others/developing empathy, accepting differences, impulse control and problem-solving. Individual and group counseling services for students are also offered, which provide an opportunity for skill reinforcement and support around topics such as changing family and social thinking/social skills. I enjoy collaborating with teachers, community members and agencies to provide social-emotional and educational opportunities that are relevant for our students and families. I believe in creating an educational climate where each student is challenged to grow as a critical thinker and an empathic community member.

Cortney Slobodnjak Clinician


I am excited to say that I am the Mental Health Clinician here at CAES. Although I have been a part of the CAES community for many years, the 2015 school year marks my first year as a member of the professional staff here. It feels as though it is exactly where I am intended to be! I love the creative learning that happens here, I love the kids, and I love working with the innovative and intelligent staff! I am originally from Colorado, but I have lived everywhere and I am glad to call Vermont my home. I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. My early academic work focused on Elementary Education, Business and Child Development. I love to learn about the brain, things that are unexplained, and synchronicity. I have experience in using mindfulness and meditation to help people calm anxieties and reduce stress. I dream of someday opening a nature and wilderness-based wellness center to bring the outdoors "within" and help people heal with adventure and nature combined.

Here at CAES I will be providing counseling for children as well as facilitating some groups and other learning around mental health and wellbeing. This also is my third year coaching the 5th and 6th grade girls soccer team.

I love the ocean, art, LIVE music, my family, dancing, painting, reading, the outdoors, rollerblading, al things magical, camping, people and adventures! I can’t wait to see you! :)