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Meet new counselor, Ms. Angela Lauer

Please welcome Ms. Angela Lauer to Minneota High School. She will be our new counselor in the high school!  She just graduated with her Master's from St. Cloud State University this past spring.  We asked her seven good questions so you could get to know her! 

MPS: You are about to embark on your first year as a high school counselor.  What are you most excited about?

ML: I am excited to develop connections with all the students and staff.

Being at a smaller school means I have the opportunity to really get to know the students and help them learn and grow. I look forward to making a difference in the lives of the students. I am excited to support them with their academic, college/career, and social/emotional concerns.

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MPS: If you could reach out and tell your future students any one thing about yourself, what would tell them?

ML: I would tell them that I will be their #1 supporter - in the classrooms, in the halls, at their sporting events and musical performances - I will be there cheering them on. When I was in high school, I had a school counselor who was very supportive and I strive to have that same impact on the students at Minneota High School. I am also compassionate, trustworthy, and a great listener.

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MPS: What do you like to do in your free time?

ML: I like to spend my free time with family and friends. I also enjoy the outdoors by spending time either hiking or biking, or just being at my Dad's farm. I really like putting together puzzles and attending sporting events.

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MPS: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?  Why and from who?

ML: During my school counseling internship, I was given the advice of "be visible" by my counseling supervisor. It can be so easy to spend the whole school day busy with things to do in the office, but that is not how you get to know students. By stopping into the classrooms, being visible in the halls and lunchroom, and attending student activities, I can build meaningful relationships with all the students I come in contact with.

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MPS: If you got to star in any movie, which movie character would you like to be?  Why?

ML:  I love the Minions from the Despicable Me movies so I would definitely want to be a minion!. They are so adorable and cute and even though they are all very similar, they are all unique. If you stop by my office, you may see a few minions!

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 MPS: If you got to have dinner with any three people past/present/future, who would you sit down and have dinner with?

ML: I would love to sit with all three of my grandpas. I was never able to meet them and I feel like they would have some interesting stories to tell and a lot of wisdom to share. I enjoy hearing the life stories of anyone I come in contact with. Plus, I think it would be fascinating to hear them talk about my parents when they were kids!

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MPS: You are leading our NHS Chapter here in Minneota, what sort of ideas/plans do you have for this group?

ML: I would like to do different fundraising events that would help bring the students and community closer. Some ideas include blood drives, food, toy, and clothing collections, and other community service events. I also like the idea of a mentoring program, where high school students read to elementary students.