Welcome to 2017-2018 school year! My name is Ms. Leslie Henslin.
Many students and parents may recognize me as I was around school last year as a paraprofessional helping out in grades K-3. My role this year will continue to include para work in varying classrooms but also the added bonus and ability to support the students further. Part of my day will be wearing the hat of ‘counselor/social worker’. I use these titles lightly as I think it is important to clarify that I am not licensed in these two degrees but I have plenty of experience and care to support our students on days when they are struggling, have topics that are bothering them, need a little break, or added time on school work.
More about me- I live in Bird Island with my husband, three children, and our puppy. My two boys are also students here at St. Mary’s. I graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology from Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU). I then earned my Masters degree in Community Counseling from MSU. I interned one year with a LICSW gaining experience in the private practice counseling setting. After graduating, I worked 9 years as a Children’s Mental Health Case Manager for McLeod County Social Services. I gained many skills in working with a variety of parents and children in many walks of life.
My role will to be support and guide students through hurdles that are getting in the way of being the best students they can. If there are issues that continue to arise and concern students, I will be reaching out to parents to assist and encourage added support through community resources. Please feel free to contact me if you would like me to reach out to your child or if there are concerns that you would like me to be aware of. I will also be presenting monthly topics to each class that are relevant to mental health, social skills, self-esteem/confidence, etc. related school topics.
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(320) 365-3693 Ext: 301