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. We loop with the students throughout their middle school experience which allows us to build rapport and best support them over the three years.
Meet the Counselors!
6th Grade (Graduating Class of 2024)
Karen has worked as a school counselor in the White Bear Lake Area Schools since 2005. Karen is also licensed as an elementary teacher and taught at the fourth and fifth grade levels for nine years prior to working in White Bear. In free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband Mason and two children.
Current 7th Grade (Graduating Class or 2023)
Calli grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and is excited to be at Central Middle School again for her third year as a school counselor. She received her undergraduate degree from Bethel University and her Master's in School Counseling from Adams State University. Calli and her husband welcomed their first baby into their family in October. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going on walks with her dog, and working in her yard.
8th Grade (Graduating Class of 2022)
Jill grew up in Bemidji, Minnesota and has worked as a School Psychologist and School Counselor for 18 years in both Minnesota and Southern California. She joined the Central Middle School team in 2012. When not working, Jill enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking and camping.
Chemical Health Specialist
Jennifer grew up in Iowa and moved to Minneapolis eight years ago. She loved it so much that she's stayed since then! She is very excited to be at Central Middle School this year! She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel University and her Addiction Studies Certificate from the University of Minnesota. She has been working in the chemical dependency field for the past four years. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and anything active during all the seasons!
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Phone: 651 653-7639
graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelors Degree
in Social Work and Augsburg College with a Masters Degree in Social
has worked a total of 28 years in the field of Social Work. Eleven
years of these years has been as a Medical Social Worker in Hospitals, Home Care and Hospice;
and 17 years as a School Social Worker. 10 of these years have been in
the White Bear Lake School District. Ms. Swenson endeavors to make a
difference in the life of a student and or family as she dedicates her
work in the White Bear Lake School District and Community.
Phone: 651 653-2739
Amy graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and then received a Master's degree from Wayne State University in School and Community Psychology. She has been the school psychologist at Central Middle School since 2008. Prior to coming to White Bear Lake Area Schools, she completed additional training in marriage and family therapy as well as worked for two years in elementary schools in Michigan. Amy thoroughly enjoys working with middle school aged students! Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
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