Mora High School
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Meet your Counselors
About Mrs. Rushmeyer
My name is Samantha Rushmeyer and I have been a school counselor at Mora High School for six years. I graduated from Albany High School where I played basketball and volleyball, was an active member of Letter Club, Captains and Leaders, and Student Council. Fun Fact: I went to state in basketball all four years of high school and won state my senior year!
After high school, I attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for my first two years of Undergraduate school. I ended up transferring to the College of Saint Benedict to play basketball and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Fun Fact: In Undergraduate, I studied abroad through Semester at Sea and traveled to Bahamas, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Morocco, and Bosnia and Herzegovina!
I immediately went to Graduate school at Mankato State University where I got my Masters of School Counseling degree. Fun Fact: I was a bus driver in Graduate School!
Since coming to work at the World's Best School, I married my high school sweetheart, Bryce, and had two amazing children, Quinn and Teddy! Quinn will be three-years-old in August and Teddy will be one-year-old in May. They are both super active little kids and keep Bryce and I on our toes. Being a mom to Quinn and Teddy is my favorite thing in life. Fun Fact: Bryce and I have been together for 14 years!
About Mrs. Ellstrom
My name is Sarah Ellstrom and I have been with Mora High School as a school counselor and school social worker for five years. I graduated from Osakis High School where I played basketball and golf, and was an active member of my school's yearbook club and peer mentoring program.
After high school, I attended Minnesota State University Moorhead where I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Social Work degrees. After briefly working with teens at a local non-profit organization and Mora Schools as a Paraprofessional, I then went on to get a Masters of Science in School Counseling from Saint Cloud State University.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, our kids, and our black lab, as well as traveling to new places any chance I can!
I look forward to working with you!
About Ms. Koland
My name is Samantha Koland and this is my first year as a school counselor at Mora High School. I graduated from East Central High School where I played basketball and volleyball, was an active member of National Honor Society, Math League, and community groups.
After high school, I attended North Central University in Minneapolis. In my time at NCU, I played basketball and was heavily involved in residential life teams! I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Immediately after finishing my undergraduate degree, I jumped right into graduate school at St. Cloud State University. I finished my Master's of Science in School Counseling in May 2020.
In my free time, I love hiking, sports, sewing, spending time with family and friends, and going on adventures. My favorite season is fall because I love sweaters, fall colors, and Sunday football followed by a nap.