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6th Grade Counselor
Mrs. Jesienouski, a.k.a. Mrs. J, has been a counselor for the past 9 years.
This is my 5th year at Lava Ridge Intermediate School. There is no better place for students to achieve academic, social and personal success! We believe in doing what is best for students!
Before coming here in 2015, I worked as the counselor at Coral Canyon Elementary School. I have worked in schools and counseling centers for 17 of the past 23 years. I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University and a Master's of Educational Psychology emphasis in School Counseling from the University of Utah. I love working with students of all ages and helping them succeed!
My hometown is Holden, Utah. I graduated from Millard High School where I played volleyball, was a member of the Drill Team & Academic Decathlon and served as a Sterling Scholar.
Favorite Movie(s): Star Wars, Marvel movies, Pride & Prejudice, The Secret LIfe of Walter Mitty, ALL Western movies especially if they have John Wayne in them. What am I saying...I love ALL movies!
Favorite Book(s): Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Outlander, Harry Potter Series
Favorite Musician: Maroon 5, James Taylor, Piano Guys
Favorite Food: Seafood!! Especially shrimp and lobster! Pickles and olives!
Hobbies: I love to read, crochet, work on home improvement projects, and spend time with my family. I also love to travel. My favorite places have been Oahu, Hawaii; Ibigawa, Japan, Puerto Rico & Washington DC.
Why I Love Being a Counselor: The world offers so many difficult challenges to kids today and they need all the support they can get. I love helping students recognize that the hard things in life are only temporary. Everyone has the ability to rise up and realize their potential and develop their dreams.
7th Grade Counselor
Mr. Young has been a school counselor for 6 years, here at Lava Ridge.
I have a bachelors degree from Southern Utah University and a masters degree from the University of Utah.
I spent 8 years in the Utah Army National Guard and was deployed twice (Washington & Iraq).
I pretty much love all sports. My favorite college team is the BYU Cougars; favorite NBA team is the Utah Jazz; my favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers.
I grew up in the small town of Monticello in Southeast Utah. I am now married with 5 amazing kids who are full of life.
Favorite Book(s): Man's Search for Meaning, Unbroken, Harry Potter Series
Favorite Musician: Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, and about anything Classic Rock.
Favorite Food/Drink/Candy: Pizza, Mountain Dew, Swedish Fish, Peanut Butter Snickers
Why I Love Being a Counselor: I love working with kids and being someone they know they can trust and that will support them! It's fun and rewarding to help these young people see their potential and find their inner-strength.