Mrs. Whalen, PreK-4th Grade Counselor

Mrs. Abby Whalen

Phone: (612) 564-9265

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - Chemistry, St. Olaf College M.A. - Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota K-12 School Counseling License

Mrs. Abby Whalen

Hello, my name is Abby Whalen and I am the counselor at the PreK-4 campus for the 2020-2021 school year! I started at Farnsworth in 2017 and I am so happy to be part of such a wonderful learning community. I discovered my passion for working with students as a summer camp counselor and AmeriCorps volunteer, and now love being a school counselor! I feel lucky to have a job where I get to both teach and learn something new every day. When I am not at school I like to bike, cook, and spend time with my husband and cat.

About My Role

As a school counselor I support the social/emotional, academic, and college/career needs of all K-4 students at Farnsworth. I do this primarily through classroom lessons, but offer small groups and individual student meetings as well. My role is guided by the framework and standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). 

With the implementation of Personal Learning Plans (PLPs) in Saint Paul, I have a special focus on the college and career readiness portion of my job. Elementary school is not too early to start planning for postsecondary education and future careers! The SPPS Counseling Department goal is "100% of SPPS students will graduate with the skills necessary to access their college and/or career aspirations," and that starts in elementary school!

Mission & Vision

Vision: As Farnsworth Aerospace PreK-4 students graduate from high school, they will feel valued, respected, and celebrated for the diversity of talents, gifts, backgrounds, and cultures they bring to the community; and all students will have the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century and a plan for their future postsecondary and career paths.

Mission: To support the academic, social/emotional, and college/career development of students through comprehensive, data-driven, and culturally relevant services that promote equity, access, and success for all students, in order that they will become lifelong learners and productive citizens.

Counseling through Virtual Learning & In-Person Learning

The 2020-2021 school year has brought its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. I am supporting both in-person and virtual learners at Farnsworth. Regardless of learning mode, I will be delivering weekly counseling lessons asynchronously through Seesaw & Schoology, in addition to live individual and small group support. Click here to check out my virtual counseling office!

SPPS District School Counseling

School counselors play an important role in schools across the district. Click here to learn more about the values, mission, and vision of St. Paul Public Schools' Counseling Department.

Contact Information

I am always happy to talk with families about the work that I do or any concerns they may have about their student(s). Please feel free to contact me by phone at (612) 564-9265 or by email at abigail.whalen@spps.org. I look forward to being a part of the awesome learning that happens every day at Farnsworth!

If you or your child is having a mental health crisis, call the Ramsey County Crisis Response Hotline:
1) Ramsey County Children’s Crisis Response Children’s line: 651-266-7878
2) Ramsey County Urgent Care for Adult Mental Health Adult line: 651-266-7900

If there is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.