East Student Support Services

School Counselors

Licensed School Counselors hold a Master's degree in School Counseling from an accredited school counselor training program and are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Teaching to assist students and families with Academic, Career and Personal/Social needs.

They help students with:

  • Academic planning and support
  • Career and college planning
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Personal/social skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Study skills and learning styles

They help families with:

  • Academic planning information
  • Assessment results interpretation
  • Community resources
  • Consultation
  • Navigating education systems
  • Parent information and conferences
  • Scholarships and financial aid process

They help teachers with:

  • Academic and behavioral interventions
  • Consultation
  • Crisis prevention planning
  • Crisis intervention and management
  • Curriculum planning
  • Data analysis
  • Developmental classroom lessons
  • Reducing behavior concerns
  • School-wide needs assessment
  • Understanding student needs

School Counseling Interns

Mankato East is hosting two graduate student counseling interns from Minnesota State University, Mankato this year who are completing their Professional School Counseling Program.

Ms. Noemi Vazquez Cruz completed a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education

(K-6) from the University of Puerto Rico, Ponce Campus. She previously worked as a first-grade

teacher and a reading tutor for students from K-3rd grade. She is currently a graduate student at

MSU-Mankato in the Professional School Counseling program. She will be at East on Thursdays this fall.

Ms. Abigail Vazquez Cruz completed a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education K-6 the University of Puerto Rico at Ponce Campus and worked as a Math teacher in Puerto Rico with student's 2nd-7th grade. She also worked as a Math tutor with Americorps in The Mankato Area Public Schools District. She is currently in the second year of a master's degree in Professional School Counseling at Minnesota State Mankato. She will be at East on Fridays this fall.

School Social Worker

Kris Moore has a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She can be reached at kmoore2@isd77.org or 507-207-3446 or 507-508-0131

The role as a social worker is to work with students who have obstacles that are preventing them from fulfilling their academic engagement. These obstacles include homelessness, attendance issues, resources of basic needs, mental health challenges, and other psychosocial concerns. Various support groups such as grief, anxiety, and restorative circles are facilitated by the social worker along with the rest of the support team. The school social worker also reaches out to families through home visits, community relationships, and support meetings.

School Social Work Intern

My name is Christiana Rotering I am originally from Fergus Falls Minnesota, and I am in my last semester of the social work program at MSU Mankato. I have been working with kids ages 0-13 for 10 years and I look forward to my experience at East High School!

School Psychologist

Mrs. Tasha Landwehr is a licensed and Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).

School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They seek to help schools successfully improve academic achievement, promote positive behavior and mental health, support diverse learners, create safe, positive school climates, strengthen family-school partnerships, and improve school-wide assessment and accountability by monitoring individual student progress in academics and behavior.

Specific supports provided by Mrs. Landwehr include:

· Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs

· Assist in navigating special education processes

· Assess student emotional and behavioral needs

· Conduct psychological and academic assessments

· Connect families with community service providers when necessary

· Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs

· Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools

· Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes

· Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels

· Support social-emotional learning

· Provide crisis prevention and intervention services

· Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports

Mrs. Landwehr can be reached at tlandw1@isd77.org

Health Services

The Health Services goal is to improve, maintain and promote the health and safety of all students. The Health Service Team includes a Licensed School Nurse, a Health Assistant and a Health Secretary.

As the Licensed School Nurse, Ms. Teresa Anderson, PHN, RN partners with the school Health Assistant, Students, Parents, Teachers and Primary Care Providers and Mental Health Providers and other members of the Student Support Team, so all students have the support needed to be successful.

Health Assistants work in the school health offices and are under the direct supervision and direction of the Licensed School Nurses and building principals. The Health Assistants administer daily medications and treatments for students as prescribed by health care providers and as communicated by the Licensed School Nurse. Health Assistants communicate with parents/guardians, provide limited daily first aid and emergency care to students.

Health Secretaries work with the Licensed School Nurses and Health Assistants to maintain accurate and up to date records of immunizations, health conditions and medication administration forms for students at all of the public and non-public schools.

Contact via Email: tander6@isd77.org

Phone: (507) 779-5315

Chemical Dependency Counselor

Mr. Mike Green is our Chemical Dependency Counselor. He is the office on Tuesday mornings to meet with students and can be reached at mgreen1@isd77.org

Career Development Assistant

Kim Hermer is the district’s new Career Development Specialist.

Ms. Hermer will help students use their strengths, skills, and passions to encourage them to explore, engage, and experience a CAREER PATHWAY while in high school, setting them up for success as they graduate.

Career PATHWAY Resources available to, and encouraged for, students include:

  • Self discovery activities through Naviance, with counselors

  • Guest speakers - live and archived

  • Site Visits

  • Job Shadows

  • Work Experience

  • Internships

  • Apprenticeships

WebSite Career Pathways HOME page(under construction)

Ms. Hermer can be reached at kherme1@isd77.org. Ms. Hermer will also have a google meet link open for students from 8-4 on school days to assist students with all things Career PATHWAYS.

Counseling Secretary

Ms. Taylor Exline is the Counseling Office Secretary. She can be reached at 507-207-3609 or texlin1@isd77.org

Hello everyone, my name Is Taylor Exline. I am a recent graduate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. I studied Psychology and minored in Child Development. Some of my favorite things to do are: binge TV series, spend time with my dog, and play sports, especially lacrosse! Please feel free to stop by and say, "Hi." I can't wait to meet you all!

Community Connections

The school support services team partners with various community organizations including: The Reach which works with highly mobile and homeless students, CADA (Committee Against Domestic Abuse), both Nicollet and Blue Earth County for child protection and children’s mental health, Open Door Clinic for needed immunizations and physicals, YMCA, Diversity Council, Salvation Army, MVAC, South Central Crisis Mobile, and a whole host of other organizations.