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.
Many of the ways we can help students and families include:
Academic, social/emotional, and career/college guidance
Crisis intervention and prevention
Communication and teaming with students, staff, and families about student issues
Student placement and scheduling, including high school registration and AVID program
Classroom guidance curriculum and presentations
Coordination of student 504 plans
Interpretation and coordination of MCA and EXPLORE testing
Liaison with new and prospective families/coordinate transition to the building
Leadership in various building initiatives
Refer families to outside agencies as requested
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Suicide Prevention/Depression Awareness Information
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!