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Stoughton school counselor to meet Michelle Obama as part of First Lady's Reach Higher Initiative

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STOUGHTON (WKOW) -- A school counselor from Stoughton will be part of a group meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama about her Reach Higher Initiative

Lisa Koenecke of River Bluff Middle School was recently on Wake Up Wisconsin to highlight National School Counseling Week, which is typically the first week of February. She is also a member of the American School Counselor Association Board of Directors. She left for Washington D.C. Tuesday to meet with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Representative Mark Pocan Wednesday. Koenecke says she will get to meet Mrs. Obama Thursday. "The White House, and especially Mrs. Obama has recognized the importance of school counselors to her Reach Higher Initiative. It could be a trade, it could be a two-year or a four-year school, We know that not every kid will go to college, but we are helping students understand that post-secondary training is important."

Koenecke says school counselors are trained in three areas: academic, where they can help students with test anxiety, study skills and organizational skills; social and emotional needs, like how to handle stress, conflict resolution or friendship and family issues; and getting them ready for a career after high school.

To learn more about what school counselors do for students, click on this website.

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