WMS Counseling Team - Contact Info                

Heidi Avery
Counseling Department & Attendance Administrative Assistant 
651.425.4508

Rebecca Crislip
School Counselor
6th Grade (Class of 2024) 
651.425.4512
rcrislip@sowashco.org

Karlie Hoekstra
School Counselor
7th Grade (Class of 2023) 
651.425.4524
khoekstr@sowashco.org

Richard "RJ" Polley
School Counselor
8th Grade (Class of 2022)
651.425.4514
rpolley@sowashco.org 

 Who do School Counselors Help?        
Licensed School Counselors help

Students with…

  • Academic planning and support
  • Career and college planning
  • Decision making and conflict resolution 
  • Individual/group counseling
  • Difficult family situations
  • Friendship concerns/issues
  • Bullying concerns
  • Personal/social skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Study skills and learning styles

 School counselors may meet with a student at anytime unless otherwise indicated by families. 

 Licensed School Counselors help

Families with…

  • Academic planning information
  • Assessment results interpretation
  • Community resources
  • Consultation
  • Navigating education systems
  • Parent information/conferences

 Licensed School Counselors help

Schools and Teachers with…

  • Academic and behavioral interventions
  • Consultation
  • Crisis prevention planning
  • Crisis intervention and management
  • Data analysis
  • Reducing behavior problems
  • Addressing bullying behavior
  • School-wide needs assessment
  • Understanding student needs    

 District 833 Counselor Mission Statement               

In the South Washington County School District, the mission of professional school counselors is to provide a comprehensive developmental school counseling program focused on academic, personal, social, and career development for all students, which fosters lifelong learners who are college, career and community ready.


 District 833 Counselors Believe               

  • Every student can learn

  • All students have an equal right to access a licensed school counselor and to participate in a comprehensive school counseling program designed to address academic, career, personal, and social issues.

  • All students should be provided with a school counseling program that will be consistent with expected developmental stages of learning and differences in learning styles.

  • Learning involves the education of the whole person and is a continuous lifelong process.

  • Learning requires the active participation, mutual respect and individual accountability of students, teachers, staff, parents and community members.  

  • Diversity is to be respected and appreciated as we foster unity among our students, faculty, staff and community.

  • School counselors should implement and manage data driven programs to support and implement closing -the-gap interventions and activities.

  • School counselors will annually evaluate the program through data, reflection and feedback from the school community.

  • School counselors will adhere to the American School Counselor Association ethical guidelines and standards.