EHS Counseling

  • EHS Counseling

    new  star  Hours update: The Student Services office will not be open from Monday, July 13-Wednesday, July 15. 

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    Common Counseling Questions During Distance Learning

    Student Concern Form

    Along with the rest of Edina High School, counselors have moved to distance learning. We are here to support students and families as everyone moves forward. Counselors are available to work with you and your family over the coming days. Reach out to counselors via email or office phone. You can scroll below to find your child’s assigned counselor.

    Throughout the coming days, counselors will engage with students through grade-level Schoology pages. These pages are currently used for school announcement and post-secondary planning curriculum purposes already and should be familiar to each student. Students should continue to check Schoology (Portal) throughout this period of e-learning. 

    For post-secondary planning lessons to date:

    Additional mental health support is available to students through our school social workers. Information can be found here.

    If you are experiencing an emergency or need support right away please reach out to one of the following:

    • 911 - for all mental or physical health emergencies
    • 1-800-273-8255 - Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • Text MN to 741741 - Crisis Text Line
    • 612-348-2233 - Hennepin County Mobile Crisis (for children 17 and under in the midst of a mental health crisis)
    • 612-596-1223 - Hennepin County Mobile Crisis (for adults 18 and older in the midst of a mental health crisis)

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    In alignment with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA), Edina High School recognizes that each student possesses unique interests, abilities and goals leading to diverse post-secondary and career opportunities. Through a collaborative, tiered service delivery model, EHS supports all students in the acquisition of the educational and social competencies necessary to both achieve their full potential and engage in effective, responsible global citizenship. Learn more about the EHS Counseling Model.

    Programming for all 9th-12th grade students and the goal for students in each grade

    Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (as of 3/18/2020 office is temporarily closed)

    Walk-in 5 minute counselor appointment (as of 3/18/2020 office is temporarily closed)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and Wednesday, Friday 1:00-1:45 p.m.

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  • Counseling Office Assistants

    Nancy Knutson
    Grade 12 Student Last Name A-Lan
    Grade 10-11 Student Last Name A-Laq
    Grade 9

    Maggie Carlson
    Grade 12 Student Last Name Lao-Z
    Grade 10-11 Student Last Name Lar-Z

    Molly Thuma

    Department Fax: 952-848-3119
    High School Code: 240-708

Meet the Counselors

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 Photo of Nikki Plafcan
Grade 10-11 Last Name: A-Cad, Grade 12 Last Name: A-Br
More about Nikki Plafcan

Nikki Plafcan is entering her first full year as a School Counselor at Edina High School. She has been a part of Edina High School for six years working in Special Education, Options Alternative Learning Program, was a Long-Term School Counseling substitute, and most recently, May Term Advisor. Nikki received her B.A degree in Secondary Education from Concordia College, and her M.S degree in School Counseling from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

 Photo of Bill Hicks
Grade 10-11 Last Name: Cae-En, Grade 12 Last Name: Bu-Ec
More about Bill Hicks

Bill Hicks begins his 26th year as counselor at EHS. As Post High School Counselor he will be in charge of planning and coordinating all parent and student programs. He will also coordinate the College and Career Center along with the high school advisory program. Included in his duties will be in charge of the PSAT and National Merit Program.

 Photo of Taylor Johnson
Grade 10-11 Last Name: Eo-Hok, Grade 12 Last Name: Ed-Hau
More about Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson is a former graduate of EHS and the French Immersion program. He is entering his sixth year of school counseling at EHS after teaching 3 years at South Korea’s premier Math and Science international high school. After receiving is B.A. from the University of St Thomas, he received his M.A. from the University of Minnesota in Counseling Students and Personnel Psychology.

 Photo of Dylan Hackbarth
Grade 10-11 Last Name: Hol-Laq, Grade 12 Last Name: Hav-Lan
More about Dylan Hackbarth

Dylan Hackbarth is starting fourth year as a school counselor at Edina High School. Throughout his career, Dylan has worked in Baltimore City Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia and St. Paul Public Schools. Dylan completed his undergraduate at the University of Minnesota and his M.S. in School Counseling through Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

 Photo of Lisa Burnham
Grade 10-11 Last Name: Lar-Mor, Grade 12 Last Name: Lao-Mor
More about Lisa Burnham

Lisa Burnham is in her 25th year of counseling students at Edina High School. Prior to Edina, she worked at Farmington High School. She received her B. A. in Psychology, and a concentration in Speech-Communications at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She earned her M.Ed, with an emphasis in Secondary School Counseling, from North Dakota State University.

 Photo of Sandy Schmidt
Grade 10-12 Last Name: Mos-Rol
More about Sandy Schmidt

Sandy Schmidt is in her 13th year of counseling students at Edina High School. She previously spent 12 years as a counselor at Eden Prairie High School and 2 years at Northfield Middle School. She received her B.S. degree in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and M.A. in School Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

 Photo of Julie Block
Grade 10-12 Last Name: Rom-Swa
More about Julie Block

Julie Block is entering her 26th year as an educator. She was at Eden Prairie HS where she was a counselor for 18 years. Previously, she was an Counselor and Social Studies Teacher. She received her BA in Psychology and Social Studies Education at St. Olaf College and her MA from the University of MN Counseling Student Personnel Psychology Program. She looks forward to empowering EHS students to attain personal, social, and academic success and to find their right fit post-secondary option.

 Photo of Robin Dayneko
Grade 10-12 Last Name: Swb-Z
More about Robin Dayneko

Robin Dayneko is entering her third year at EHS. She previously spent 14 years as a counselor in Southern California specializing in International, International Baccalaureate and English Language Learner populations. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology at California State University Long Beach and M.S. in School Counseling at University of La Verne.

 Photo of Angela Kieffer
Grade 9 Counselor
More about Angela Kieffer

Angela Kieffer is entering her sixth year in the Counseling Department. She was a Child Psychology teacher here at EHS 17 years. She received her B.S. degree in Education from Mankato State University, Master’s in Teaching from St. Mary’s University and M.A. in School Counseling at Adler Graduate School.