Mrs. Erin Spinks Guidance Counselor
Hello and welcome to Kahler Middle School! My name is Mrs. Spinks and I am the guidance counselor for students with the last name beginning with A-G. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and a Master of Science degree with a specialization in school counseling from Purdue University. I have worked at Kahler for 23 years now and love coming to to work with such a dedicated staff. I have a 12 year old son that is going into 7th grade and my husband is a high school English teacher.
As the guidance counselor, I am available to help with academic, social/emotional, and personal concerns. I have found that I enjoy working with this age group because students are learning, growing, and experiencing so many changes in middle school. I really enjoy my role in encouraging all children to strive for their personal best and be successful. I’m also available to attend parent-teacher conferences at the request of a parent or teacher. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance. Wishing everyone a great 2019-2020 school year!
Mrs. Dessie Kammer Guidance Counselor
Happy school year! My name is Dessie Kammer and I am the Guidance counselor for those students with last names beginning M-Z. I earned my bachelors degree in Dance and Psychology from Barat College, and my Masters in Science from Purdue University. I have been a school counselor for over 20 years, some of which have been as a high school counselor. This is my 10th year working for Lake Central School Corporation as a middle school counselor. I love serving the middle school students as they grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Having children of my own, I understand the joys and frustrations of the middle school years.
I have teenage high school twin boys, and a first grader. My husband is also a school counselor. In addition, I practice Mental health therapy in the community as a mental health therapist. I look forward to working with you and getting to know how I can better serve you. Please feel free to reach out to me.
Mrs. Carrie Kleckner School Service Provider
My name is Carrie Kleckner and I am the School Service Provider at Kahler Middle School. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University majoring in Psychology and Organizational Leadership and Supervision. I have been working with both general education and special education students at Kahler for the past 5 years. It is my responsibility to provide social, emotional and educational support to all students. I meet with students on a regular basis to discuss grades, develop academic and organizational goals. I facilitate groups focusing on both social and coping skills. I also attend case conferences for students with counseling minutes in their Individualized Education Plans and consult with teachers when students are struggling to develop Behavioral Intervention Plans when needed.
I have enjoyed working with adolescents since college when I volunteered at the Crisis Center in West Lafayette. I currently work at Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Dyer in their residential treatment program for the last 13 years.
My goal is to support and help guide students through their exciting and challenging middle school years. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns regarding your student.