President-Elect - Laurel Klaassen

Laurel Klaassen - President Elect

I am excited as I begin to serve on the ISCA board as President Elect-Elect.  I can only imagine what the next 4 years will bring as I have the opportunity to work with the ISCA Board and get to meet more people. 

My career in education started as a “home ec” teacher, now known as Family and Consumer Sciences.  I taught FACS for 9 years and obtained my Masters degree in School Guidance and Counseling from Morningside College.  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 will celebrate 20 years of marriage this summer (2014).  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 freshman at South Dakota State University this fall majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in nutrition and women’s studies.  (Hannah and I love to hang out in the self-help section of Barnes and Nobles!)  Ellie will be a senior this fall.  She keeps us busy as we will watch her lead the marching Generals as one of their drum majors, cheering for football and wrestling and singing in Show Choir.  Natalie will be entering 7th 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, cooking, crafting and baking gourmet cupcakes.

When I think about all the changes that have taken place during my 14 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 these opportunities.  Getting involved and networking with others helps us, and in turn helps our students we serve.

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