• Counselors

What Does a Counselor Do?

  • Parents, the press, administrators and the general public often wonder just what it is that school counselors do on a daily basis. Gone are the days of school counselors sitting in their office simply handing out college applications, making schedule changes for students who want to drop a class or meeting with the troublemakers in the school. Today's school counselors are vital members of the educational team. They help all students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social, and career development, ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow..

K-4 Counselor

Phone: 218-626-6104


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Science in Education, Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Superior, December 2006 Bachelor of Applied Arts, Secondary Social Studies Education, Emphasis-Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth, December 2003

Ms. Jenny Larson

Jenny Larson came to Hermantown Community Schools through a grant position in 2008 and then transitioned to the full time K-4 Counselor's position in 2009.

5-8 Counselor

Phone: 218-626-6203


Degrees and Certifications:

BS Social Work from UW-Superior, 2009 MSE School Counseling from UW-River Falls, 2015

Ms. Kelsey Olin

Kelsey Olin arrived as the Middle School Counselor in August of 2016.

K-8 Counselor

Phone: 218-626-6110


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Ashley Braun

Middle School Counselor (Tuesday and Friday during hybrid)
Elementary School Counselor (Wednesday and Thursday during hybrid)

9-12 Counselor (A-K)

Phone: 218-626-6303


Degrees and Certifications:

MA in School Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Superior BA in Psychology, University of Minnesota-Twins Cities

Ms. MaKenzie Johnson

MaKenzie Johnson joined the Hermantown High School team in the fall of 2015. She is a member of the District's Crisis Team and the advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance.

9-12 Counselor (L-Z)

Phone: 218-626-6304


Degrees and Certifications:

MA in Educational and Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 1992 BA in Psychology and Communications, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 1989

Mr. David Thompson

David Thompson began his work as a Licensed School Counselor for grades 9-12 in 1994. He has been the Boys' Head Varsity Soccer Coach since the fall of 2003 and has served as the Senior Class Advisor, Junior Rotarian Advisor, and leads the Hermantown Community School District Crisis Team.

PSEO Statement

  • To assist the district in planning, a pupil must inform the district by May 30 of each year of the pupil's intent to enroll in postsecondary courses during the following school year. A pupil is bound by notifying or not notifying the district by May 30.