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Mental Health Resources

While we navigate these trying times, our top concern is the safety and well-being of our students. With that being said, we are prepared to meet the mental health needs of our students during distance learning.  

Here are some helpful tips about talking to your child in regards to coronavirus:

  • Stay calm and encourage routines
  • Stick to the facts
  • Acknowledge the feelings of your child
  • Limit exposure to media
  • Give your child a sense of empowerment by telling them what they can do (washing hands, covering cough, etc.)

Here are some other helpful links:

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource (PDF, English)

As always, you should call Scott County Mobile Crisis Services: (952) 818-3702 for emergency assistance if you or someone you care about is experiencing a crisis involving the following: suicidal feelings, panic, hopelessness, mood swings, anxiety, hallucinations, depression, delusions, increased substance use, isolation or self-injury. In an immediate, life-threatening situation, go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911.

If your child has mental health needs, please know that you can reach out to any of the following counselors, social workers, and school psychologists, regardless of which school your child attends. You can also reach out to any of these people for more information about community resources available for your child. 

Please note that during spring break, our staff may not be accessible. If you need immediate assistance, please call Scott County Mobile Crisis Service (952) 818-3702.

Shakopee High School

Erica Lang Counselor 952.496.5187

Nicole Drangstveit Counselor 952.496.5164

Paige Swanson Counselor 952.496.5188

Tracy Caruso Counselor 952.496.5105

John Rose Counselor 952.496.5106

Beth Cordes Counselor 952.496.5196

Kelsey LaRue Counselor 952.496.5179

Wendy Klute Counselor 952.496.5144

Brenda Geraghty School Psychologist 952.496.5137

Gretchen Haisman School Psychologist 952.697.8778

Jennifer Mueller Social Worker 952.496.8788

Heather Schroeder Social Worker 952.496.5156

Tokata Learning Center 

Paul Kelly Counselor 952.496.5990


East Middle School

Joan Hunstiger Counselor 952.496.5773

Megan Morinville Counselor 952.496.5711

Peg Hilbrands School Psychologist 952.496.5712

Carol Geesey Social Worker 952.496.5725

West Middle School

Erin Richter Counselor 952.496.5739

Amy Gerster Counselor 952.496.5723

Harold Armstrong Social Worker 952.496.5764

Eagle Creek Elementary

Sara Bingham School Psychologist 952.496.5940

Lori Thomas Social Worker 952.496.5939

Jackson Elementary

Deann Gendlin Social Worker 952.496.5806

Red Oak Elementary

Sara Bingham School Psychologist 952.496.5940

Karla Thompson Social Worker 952.496.5956

Sun Path Elementary

Kelsi Dankey-Henningsen Social Worker 952.496.5896

Sweeney Elementary

Gretchen Haisman School Psychologist 952.697.8778

Peg Hilbrands School Psychologist 952.496.5712

Jennifer Peterson Social Worker 952.496.5836

Central Family Center

Sally Stockey Social Worker 952.496.5081

Cortney Olson School Psychologist 952.496.5021