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KellyAnn Lockrem named Teacher of the Month in ISD 882

Education Minnesota Monticello selected MHS Counselor KellyAnn Lockrem as the April Educator of the Month in Monticello School District. Below is a question and answer with Ms. Lockrem!

Years teaching in Monticello: 2 Years

Tell us a little about yourself

I grew up in Elk River then did my undergraduate degree at The College of Saint Benedict and my graduate degree at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  I have two boys Charlie, 4, and Nolan, 2.  We love to be outdoors and go to our family cabin.

What did you choose the counseling profession?

I love the atmosphere of a school and I love helping students.  I chose to be a school counselor because I enjoy helping students find their passion and plan for their future.  One of my strengths has always been finding the right path for students after high school whether that be college (2 or 4 year), military, workforce, or other options.

What is the best thing about teaching in Monticello?

The teachers and other counselors at the high school are awesome.  I have always felt supported and welcomed since the day I started.  All the teachers are very helpful and want what is best for each individual student.

What is your proudest moment as a counselor?

I had a very high anxiety student that I worked really closely with for many years.  She had no intention of going to college or plan for her future due to being nervous about leaving her family.  During her junior year, she refused to discuss the future or participate in a college entrance exam.  By November of her senior year, she had more confidence and decided to plan for her future by taking the ACT test and applying to colleges.  At the end of her senior year, she committed to attending a college in Chicago.  Now she is flourishing at college in Chicago and almost completed her undergraduate degree.

What advice would you give a young adult who is thinking about a teaching career?

Education is a very fulfilling career.  If you do not want to be a teacher, there are many other careers in the education field.  Continue to explore all possibilities of ways to help shape the future of the next generation.