Phone: (612) 564-9265
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. - Chemistry, St. Olaf College M.A. - Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology, University of Minnesota K-12 School Counseling License
Ms. Abby Whalen
Hello, my name is Abby Whalen and I am one of the counselors at the PreK-4 campus! For the 2022-2023 school year my caseload is all 3rd grade students, as well as kindergarten students in Ms. Venegas and Ms. Yakovlev's classes. I am job sharing with Sheryl Kuznia, who is working with 2nd grade students this year. Emily Spofford is the counselor for 1st grade, 4th grade, and the kindergarten students in Ms. Brown and Ms. Mellstrom's classes.
I started at Farnsworth in 2017 and 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 family.
About My Role
As a school counselor I support the social/emotional, academic, and college/career needs of 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 "
SPPS District School Counseling
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to being a part of the awesome learning that happens every day at Farnsworth!
If there is an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Room.