Counseling and Guidance
Mrs. Jessalin Karsnia

Photo Jessalin KarsniaHello, my name is Jessalin Karsnia and I have been an Elementary School Counselor in District 197 since 2009. 

I graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and my Master’s Degree from Winona State University in K-12 School Counseling.  I also have my Specialist Degree in K-12 Educational Leadership for Administration from Mankato State University.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two sons, coaching logrolling, hockey games, boating, and cooking.  

Each of School District 197’s eight schools has a counselor on staff to promote a proactive approach to positive and safe school environments. 

Elementary school counselors:
  • Provide needs assessments to monitor the needs of their school's student population and make program adjustments to support those needs.
  • Teach classroom guidance lessons to directly support goals related to school climate, testing/achievement, and the acceleration of excellence.
  • Offer individual counseling to support achievement and excellence goals by addressing barriers to learning.
  • Facilitate support groups to foster cultural assimilation.
  • Coordinate activities to ease the transition to Middle School.
  • Provide consultation and advocacy to make sure each student finds something in school that delights, inspires, excites, and motivates them to pursue excellence.
  • Advise student groups such as the Kindness Patrol, Peer Helpers, Kids’ Council and other extracurricular groups promote kindness and enhance the school experience.
  • Recruit volunteers to support the school community.
  • Conduct accountability and climate surveys within each building.
  • Analyze student discipline and conflict management issues and counselor success.
Learn more about the 
district’s Counseling and Guidance services.