As the K-12 School Counselor at Red Rock Central, I'm responsible for a lot of different things, but my most important role is to help students succeed - academically, socially, and emotionally.
I have the unique job of working with all students in grades K-12, and I love seeing students grow from year to year. The best part of my job is that I get to do a wide variety of things each day. On a typical day, I might be playing a game with an elementary student, showing a new student their locker, helping a senior with their college applications, or talking with a parent. Each moment is important in its own way.
When I was a kid, I went through some difficult times with friends, family, and managing my feelings. My school didn't have a School Counselor, so I didn't even know what one was. After high school, I knew that I wanted to work with kids and families, to try to help others that might be struggling. I graduated from the University of MN, Morris with a degree in Psychology and Human Services. After that, I studied an additional 2 years to earn a Master's degree in School Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I have now been a School Counselor since 2003, and I have worked at Red Rock Central since 2013.
When I'm not at school, I love spending time with my daughter, Lauren, taking my dogs for walks, reading, and working on home improvement projects.