As counselors, we support our school community through pro-active, developmentally appropriate programming in the areas of social/personal, academic, and college/career readiness. Our role is to foster an inclusive, collaborative environment where all students can become successful members of society.
Meet the Counselors!
School Social Worker, Department Lead
Grade 6-8: Last name beginning with A - K
I am very excited to be working with your child. I am originally from Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelors and Master's degree in Social Work. I have been working at Sunrise Park Middle School since 1993. I currently live in Cottage Grove with my husband Phil and my three children, Meghan, Josh and Jake. I enjoy playing sports, reading, and traveling. I look forward to meeting you and encourage you to call if you have any concerns or questions.
Grades 6-8: last name beginning with: L - Q
I am very excited to be working at Sunrise Park Middle School! I recently moved back to Minnesota from Colorado where, for eleven years I taught Language Arts and counseling at the middle and high school levels. I loved the mountains, but it's good to be back home close to family and friends. I received my Masters from the University of Minnesota's Counseling and Student Personnel and Psychology program and received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Gustavus Adolphus College. I'm a sports nut. I love to ski, ride my mountain bike, and I can't wait to go ice fishing this winter!
School Social Worker
Grades 6-8: last name beginning with: R - Z
I have been working at Sunrise Park as a School Social Worker since 1998. I received my Bachelor of Social Work at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and my Masters in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine. I live in White Bear Lake with my husband, Jake, daughters Celia and Kate, and my yellow lab, Lucy. I enjoy reading, running, and relaxing at the cabin. I have also enjoyed being one of the WEB Coordinators at Sunrise since 2006.
I started working for the White Bear Lake School District in 1997. While I have worked in the elementary and high school settings in the past, I have been at Sunrise Park Middle School as the School Psychologist since 1998. My husband and I live with our three children in Woodbury. When not working, I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, and staying active!
Chemical Health Specialist
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
I grew up in Iowa and moved to Minneapolis eight years ago. I loved it so much that I'm still here! I'm very excited to be at Sunrise Park Middle School this year! I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel University and my Addiction Studies Certificate from the University of Minnesota. I have been working in the chemical dependency field for the past six years. In my free time I love spending time with my family, traveling to new places, and anything active during all the seasons!