Licensed School Nurse RN BSN

Phone: 651-419-6774


Degrees and Certifications:


Lori Benolken

Hello I'm Nurse Lori!

Nursing has been my chosen profession for over 20 years.   I first became a school nurse back in 2010 after my family moved to the state of Colorado.  When a move brought us back to MN, I joined  St. Paul Public Schools in 2016. Currently, I have the great privilege of working with students and staff at Eastern Heights Elementary (EH) and John A Johnson Elementary (JAJ).  

I love working at St Paul Public Schools!  At JAJ and Eastern Heights, different cultures and perspectives are respected, valued and seen as opportunities for us to learn & grow with each other.   The teachers and staff are dedicated, creative, supportive, inventive, relationship orientated and COMMITTED to providing the best education for ALL students.   

I am a mom of two, daughter, wife and sister.  Between myself and my husband Rick, we have nine siblings.  Our extended family, like most, has a variety of health conditions including chronic physical and chronic mental health conditions.   

I believe it takes a village to raise a child and we are all here to support one another.     

I believe in removing health barriers for all students to learn.  

EXPERIENCE:   School Nurse at St. Paul Public Schools since 2006.   School Nurse: Cherry Creek School District, Aurora Colorado.   Prior to school nursing, I worked for Minnesota Gastroenterology (MNGI) in a variety of roles.  My experience also includes working at St. Anthony Park Homes in St. Paul and Immunual St. Joseph's Hosp in Mankato.  


PERSONAL INTERESTS:  During my free time;  I enjoy exploring nature and being outdoors (yes, even in the winter).