Counseling Staff is available 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM on school days.
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!
7th 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.
8th Grade (Graduating Class of 2023)
Calli has been a school counselor at Central Middle School since 2013. She received her undergraduate degree from Bethel University and her Master's in School Counseling from Adams State University. Calli and her husband are proud parents to their son, Max. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going on walks with her dog, and working in her yard.
6th Grade (Graduating Class of 2025)
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
Vanessa joined the Central Middle School team in 2017 and is super excited to support Central's students, families and staff. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and her Master's in Social Work from Augsburg College. When Vanessa is not working at Central, she is providing support at Sunrise Middle School or Vadnais Heights Elementary. For fun she enjoys spending time with family, her dog Cooper, traveling, running and golfing.
School Psychologist Phone: 651 653-2739
Erika has worked as a School Psychologist in the White Bear Lake School District since 2013. Previously, she was a School Psychologist in Washington State for eight years. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and gardening.
Counseling Office Registrar