Counseling and Guidance
Jodi DeVolder
651-403-8160 |

Hello! My name is Jodi DeVolder, school counselor at Garlough Elementary.  I am originally from Iowa where I attended the University of Iowa to obtain my B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in School Counseling. I am a K-12 licensed school counselor.

During the school year, I will visit every classroom each week delivering 30 minute lessons on topics such as empathy, feelings, problem solving, anger management, and much more! Additionally, I am available to lead small support groups and individual sessions with students.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and/or concerns throughout the school year. 

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Anna Bauer

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.