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PCR-I Welcomes Ms. Kerri Spitzer, LPC!

Help us give a warm welcome home to Kerri Spitzer, LPC (licensed professional counselor). Ms. Spitzer will be serving as our elementary guidance counselor.

 

We asked Kerri to tell us a little more about herself. Here's what she had to tell us:

 

"I am a 2000 graduate of PCHS. I grew up on a farm in Powersville and am proud to be returning to Midget Country! During my time at PCHS, I was involved in many extracurricular activities and personally feel that you cannot beat a small-town education that allows you to diversify your experiences. I can't wait to dig in and help with activities and attend the many PC sporting events and activities!

 

I am a mom of 2 who happily co-parents while their dad, SFC Brett Spitzer is currently deployed, serving in Qatar. We are very proud of him and his service, but miss him and await his return. Our daughter Miley is 10 and enjoys a variety of sports, Girl Scouts, 4-H, as well as helping at American Legion Breakfasts. Our son Braxton is 3 and is loving farm life and being ornery to his sister.

 

I have spent my career serving in the Mental Health field in many different capacities with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor. In my career as an LPC, I specialized in the "littles" and Military Trauma. I am truly passionate about my work and cannot wait to bring my knowledge and skills back to PC.

 

I look forward to interacting with the children in our community daily and truly believe if we can teach our kids mindfulness and the skills needed at an early age, we are simply setting them up for success. The Elementary School Counseling position is very different from what I have done, but not a far reach to say the least. I cannot thank Dr. Halley, the administrative team, and the school board enough for this opportunity to return home and provide support to the community that made me who I am.

 

My hobbies include spreadsheets and organizing. 🤓 Yes, I'm a nerd. I also enjoy being on the farm and farm life. I'm an avid supporter of our military and veterans. When we have spare time we enjoy spending time with family and traveling.

 

Fun fact: I am an Adjunct Professor in NCMC's Behavioral Health Program.

 

I want to thank Mrs. Barb Hodges, my high school guidance counselor and cheer coach for being an agent of change in my life. I am thankful for the support of my family and community and know how much it has impacted me and how lacking this can impact children. Academically, Mrs. Hodges helped me organize my thoughts and plans and never hesitated to say "go for it!" I hope that I can follow her model of character in my own counseling career.

 

I can't wait to reconnect with the community this fall as a new chapter begins!"

 

Welcome back to PC, Mrs. Kerri Spitzer! We are excited about your new adventure in serving the counseling needs of our students.