Laurel Klaassen - President Elect
I am excited to be serving on the ISCA Board as your President-Elect.
My counseling experience has been in the elementary and middle school settings, which was a change from my classroom teaching experience. I have truly fallen in love with elementary kiddos and feel blessed to be able to have a job that I love.
My husband Kevin and I have been married for 21 years. Kevin is a real estate broker, appraiser, auctioneer and farmer, besides being an awesome husband and father. We have 3 daughters who keep us very busy. Hannah will be a sophomore at South Dakota State University this fall majoring in Psychology and Counseling. (Hannah and I love to hang out in the self-help section of Barnes and Nobles!) Ellie will be a freshman this fall at University of Sioux Falls where she will be majoring in business administration and marketing. Natalie will be entering 8th grade this fall. Besides being busy with band and choir, she loves to compete in archery. Our family enjoys horseback riding, shooting archery and hanging out together. My hobbies include reading, repurposing furniture and baking gourmet cupcakes.
When I think about all the changes that have taken place during my 15 years of school counseling, I get excited as I can only imagine where we are going in the future. School counselors have an important role to fill in helping students meet their needs and fulfill their potential. ISCA gives us many opportunities to help counselors reach their potential. I would encourage all counselors to take advantage of the opportunities that ISCA has to offer, whether it be attending conference or running for a board position. Getting involved and networking with others helps us, and in turn helps our students we serve.