Hawley High School

School Counseling Department

Bill Esterby, M.Ed., L.S.C.

Licensed School Counselor serving grades 7-9

218.483.3555 ext. 1023


Laurie Sandness-Boeshans, M.S., L.S.C.

Licensed School Counselor serving grades 10-12

218.483.3555 ext. 1025


 School Counseling Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday - 8:00am-3:45pm / Friday - 8:00am-3:13pm

District Office Fax:  218.483.3510

What's happening in the school counseling office?

Upcoming college admissions rep, military recruiter, and employment opportunity visits:

All interested 10th-12th graders are encouraged to meet with the reps.  Passes are available in advance from Mrs. Boeshans if needed.

Students who have failed a required class for graduation and are in need of credit recovery should see Mrs. Boeshans (grades 10-12) or Mr. Esterby (grades 7-9).  There are multiple credit recovery options available to students during the school year and summer through either area ALCs or online independent study.  Students can also retake failed classes at HHS.  Find information about credit recovery options here.

Looking for information about transferring credits? Check out the info on Post-secondary Education tab!

Taking care of yourself resources:

Clay County Linkup website - Clay County used some of its CARES money to build a website to support students, parents, and educators.  It shares free resources including videos about a variety of topics (self-care, parenting tips, coping strategies, fun stuff, and more).  Sign-up using your school email address (students and educators) or your personal email address (parents).

Did you know there is a variety of mental health resources available right here in Hawley?  You find a list of local providers on the Mental Health page of this website.

If you are in need of emergency or crisis services, please refer to the resources listed on our website.

HHS Calm Room - a private, quiet room in the high school office area set aside for students who need a space to calm and collect themselves.  To use it, simply ask any member of the office staff to show you where it is.

Change to Chill - This website is created by Allina Health in collaboration with teens.  It's all about mindfulness and stress relief.

Virtual Calming Room - a great collection of free, easy to access resources to help you find some calm in the midst of stress or just take care of yourself on a day-to-day basis.  Thanks to the Wayzata High School Counseling Department for sharing this resource!

Nugget PSAs - A series of PSA (Public Service Announcement) videos around specific topics that may be useful to students.  These videos are posted on Mrs. Boeshans's YouTube channel.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

What do Licensed School Counselors do?

School counselors are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching and are required to have a master's degree in school counseling.  We have specialized training to work with all students in grades K-12 individually, in small groups, and in the classroom setting.  We support students, families, and school staff so students can be successful in school!  We offer support in three main areas:

Want to learn more?  Check out this brochure from the Minnesota School Counselors Association!

How do students and parents/guardians connect with us?

Students can self-refer or can be referred by parents/guardians or staff members.  Students can stop by our office, leave us a note, send an e-mail, or let a secretary know they'd like to see us.  Parents and guardians are welcome to stop by, call, or e-mail.  (You'll have better luck catching us in our offices if you call ahead!)

Hawley High School's ACT Code:  241-055