Student Support

The academic challenge families seek at Meadowbrook is only possible because children here are truly known and loved.

Knowing, loving, and challenging children is more than our mission—it’s our essential understanding of what it takes for them to reach their full potential as learners.

Meadowbrook’s Student Support Department includes academic learning specialists as well as school counselors who work with students, families, and teachers to support the social and emotional growth that is key to learning. We are committed to an inclusive community where each individual belongs and is embraced for their unique identity.

Academic Support

Our Student Support learning specialists attend team meetings for all grade levels, collaborate on curriculum with faculty, work within the classroom, and coach teachers as they support a diverse range of learners. In the Lower School, learning specialists embed with specific grade levels and provide small-group instruction for language arts. In the Middle School, they help teachers build executive functioning support into their instruction, including organization, planning, and study skills.

The Student Support team also partners with faculty and families to design and implement support plans for children who are struggling academically or have identified learning challenges. This may include one-on-one learning lab support for students in grades 3–8. In these individual sessions, our learning specialists work on fundamental reading and writing skills, help students with diagnosed attentional challenges develop essential executive functioning skills, and assist with homework support, test preparation, and long-term project planning.

Social and Emotional Support

In all grades, our Student Support counselors collaborate with teachers and our Office of Multicultural Affairs to develop lifelong skills and knowledge through foundational social and emotional learning (SEL) classes. Students strengthen themselves as learners and individuals as they grow in self-awareness and awareness of others’ identity and feelings; learn to manage their emotions; practice kindness, empathy, and perspective; and gain interpersonal skills such as positive communication and cooperation. Counselors also offer family guidance, attend team meetings, and coach teachers as they support a diverse range of social and emotional needs within the classroom.

The Student Support team is a liaison between home, school, and, if needed, outside providers in support of students’ mental health. Our counselors provide small-group and one-on-one direct clinical student support when children are experiencing challenges behaviorally, socially, or emotionally. Support ranges from crisis intervention to facilitating peer conflict resolution, always with a strengths-based approach designed to help students build skills that will support their mental health, relationships, and academic progress.

Meet Our Team!

Kate McGovern
Director of Student Support, Learning Specialist

M.A., Reading Specialist, Columbia University, Teachers College

M.A.T., Childhood Education, Manhattanville College

Joined Meadowbrook 2018

Zaidee Rose
Associate Director of Student Support, Learning Specialist (grades 5­–8)

Ed.M., Language and Literacy, Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Joined Meadowbrook 2011

Katrina Regan
Lower School Learning Specialist

M.Ed., Special Education, Boston University

M.Ed., Early Childhood Education, Boston University

Joined Meadowbrook 2021

Sarah Williamson
Director of Counseling, School Counselor (grades 5­–8)

LICSW, M.S.W., Graduate School of Social Work, Boston College

Joined Meadowbrook 2005

Ariana Taghaddos
School Counselor (grades JK–4)

NCC, M.A., Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine

Joined Meadowbrook 2021

Thanks for a great third grade year. We look forward to our son’s continued love of reading. His eagerness and acceptance to sit down with a book at home has increased this semester. Thank you for your dedication to these kids!

Meadowbrook Parent

Thank you for your work with our son these past few years in the learning lab. We appreciate your guidance and support as he worked to organize his workload and refine his study skills. He has a way to go, but you really made progress!

Meadowbrook Parent