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Maureen Bechard

Maureen Bechard

Counselor-Middle School
Dakota Hills Middle School
Erica Kunert

Erica Kunert

Counselor-Middle School
Dakota Hills Middle School
Steven Dupic

Steven Dupic

Counselor-Middle School
Dakota Hills Middle School
Dana Withrow

Dana Withrow

School Psychologist
Dakota Hills Middle School

...more details about the staff at DHMS

School Therapist:
Steven Dupic
LMFT, Referral Only
steven.dupic@district196.org

School Psychologist:
Dana Withrow
Special Education
dana.withrow@district196.org

School Counselors: 
Erica Kunert 
6th Grade
7th Grade Last Names M-Z
erica.kunert@district196.org


Maureen Bechard 
8th Grade
7th Grade Last Names A-L
maureen.bechard@district196.org

Rachel Goodier
Academic Interventionist, Referral Only
rachel.goodier@district196.org

Secondary counseling

Licensed middle and high school counselors provide support for the needs of all students in the areas listed below and follow guidelines established by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

  • Academic support and guidance
  • Career exploration
  • College planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Chemical counseling
  • Community resource referrals
  • Credit recovery advisement
  • Crisis intervention counseling
  • Individual counseling
  • Goal setting
  • Mental health referrals
  • Staff and parent consultation
  • Student disability support
  • Support groups

Counselors design and implement comprehensive programs within their schools that are data-driven and results-focused, and work with students through individual meetings, small groups and classroom settings.

Effective school counseling programs provide increased student achievement, post-secondary school enrollments, improved attendance and test scores and higher academic grades.