Julie Carlson, Guidance Counselor, St. Mary's School

What inspired you to become a teacher?

“I always knew I wanted to have a career in the helping field. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I debated between going back to school for marriage and family counseling or school counseling. I decided to become a school counselor because I had the reoccurring thought that I wanted to go to school for the rest of my life. Not only am I intrigued by school, I also enjoy working with students of all ages!” 

What is most challenging as a teacher? Why?

“For me, the most challenging part of being a school counselor is interacting with hurting students and knowing that life changes need to be made, but I cannot make those changes for them. I can work extremely hard and provide support to students, but it ultimately comes down to the individual to create change.”

What teaching moment is most memorable?

“I worked with a group of seventh grade girls in Brainerd. At the end of the year, one of the girls came to my office and asked me to sign her yearbook. It was a memorable experience because at that moment I knew I had built a relationship with that student.”

More about Julie

Age: 28

Experience: To receive her Master’s degree, Julie worked at a 750 hour internship with Brainerd Public Schools. She interned at Forestview Middle School and Brainerd High School. She also volunteered at Eastside Boys and Girls Club in St. Cloud.

Education: Julie is a Fridley High School graduate and received her Bachelor’s degree of Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Cloud State University.

Hometown: Fridley

Family: “It’s hard to talk briefly about my family, because I love them greatly. My sister, Cari, is my best friend. I was blessed with my wonderful brother-in-law, Alejandro. My brother, Matt, is the best and I am thankful for my amazing sister-in-law, Michelle. My niece, Autumn, is 17-years-old and my nephew, Zane, is 16. My mother, Denise, passed away three and a half years ago from Multiple Myeloma. I miss her dearly, but I know she is in a better place. My father, Rod, has helped me become who I am today. He means so much to me and I’m grateful to have him in my life.”