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My name is Lori Sundelius (the students may call me "Ms. Sunny") and I am thrilled to be the School Counselor for grades 1-5 at Capitol Hill.
I work closely with the Middle School Counselor, Regina Wehner and the School Social Worker, Lisa Larson, and my primary focus is to provide support students need to be successful in school by helping them develop positive personal/social and academic skills. Our Comprehensive School Counseling Program is for every student at Capitol Hill and happens in a variety of ways.
As part of the Counseling Program, I teach a series of classroom guidance lessons to every student. The goal is to help empower students with the self-knowledge, coping, and life skills that will enable them to become motivated learners, effective communicators, good team members, creative problem solvers, and responsible citizens.
Small Group Counseling
I facilitate small students groups throughout the school year. Small groups usually meet weekly for about 8 weeks. Small student groups are an excellent way for your child to meet others, gain self-confidence, and to develop positive coping skills in a safe and enriching setting. Teachers or parents may refer students to be part of a group.
I also work with students individually for problems a student might present, such as struggles with peers, difficulty coming to school, anger management, or difficulties in the classroom, on the playground, or on the bus. Referrals for students to meet with a school counselor can be made by classroom teachers, parents, or through student self-referrals.
Parents might call to talk about things like:
• "My child doesn't want to go to school in the morning"
• "I'm concerned because my child keeps telling me that he doesn't have any friends”
• "We recently had a death in the family, and I'm not sure how my child is coping"
• "My child’s is very sad because her mother doesn’t live with us anymore”
• "My child gets really frustrated doing homework, and nothing I say seems to help"
I look forward to meeting you!
More About Me
I have been working at Capitol Hill as a School Counselor since August 2012 and feel as if I have really found my place. I have a BS Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and a Master's Degree in School Counseling from Univiersity of Wisconsin River Falls.
I am passionate about helping students reach their academic and personal best! I started as a school counselor in the district in 2006. Prior to that thime, I spent 20 years working for St. Paul Parks and Recreation as a Community Center Dirctor and then as Director of Municipal Athletics.
I love to watch, play and coach different sports and have coached high school and college softball and ice hockey. In 2005, I ran the Twin Cities Marathon. I had a great time, but now I try not to drive my car that far...
My current passions are spending time with my fabulous family and playing bass guitar in a band with my very talented and patient "Music Friends".