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Greetings from your School Counselor

Welcome Back!

Welcome back students, parents and families to the 2015-2016 school year. I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and is looking forward to the new school year. My name is Stephanie Colsch and I will be working as the PreK-12th grade school counselor. I am very excited to be working in the district and feel honored to provide a helping hand to students in the areas of academic, personal and career success. Please feel free to contact me if there is anything I can do to help your child this year.

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Personal Reflection

I graduated from Winona State University in August 2014 with a Master’s degree in community counseling followed by a Master’s degree in school counseling, December 2014. I was born and raised in New Albin IA and have appreciated all of the opportunities of a small town atmosphere. I enjoy spending time boating on the Mississippi, watching my brother’s high school sporting events, playing with my dog and spending time with family and friends. I embrace a strong passion for helping people and strive to support the needs of all students and families.

What is a school counselor?

School counselors are professionals with a master’s degree and state certification in the counseling field; they are responsible for the organization/management of school guidance services.

What do school counselors do?

  • Teach monthly classroom guidance lessons
  • Facilitate counseling groups
  • Conduct limited, short-term individual counseling, on an as needed basis
  • Consult with parents and staff to best meet the needs of students
  • Refer family members to community/county resources
  • Assist in deescalating school crisis and conflicts
  • Provide a safe environment that respects and values differences
  • Advocate for all students and families
  • Assist with district testing

When to contact a school counselor?

If you believe your child is experiencing difficulty at home or at school regarding academic achievement, family changes, social skills, or adjusting to transitions it may be helpful to consult with your child's school counselor.