• Welcome to the Counseling Department at Challenger Elementary School.


Meet The Counselors

  • Shelby Erickson - Social Worker

    I am a graduate from the University of North Dakota, go Sioux! I enjoy hunting and fishing with my family and friends and watching movies and TV shows. I was born and raised in Thief River Falls and attended CES when I was in grade school! I am here to support all of you wonderful students here at Challenger Elementary and your families. I am here to help you get to school each and every day. I am a great listener and am looking for friends to talk to about everything going on at school and at home. I love to help you and your families get all the help you may need. I'm here to help you! If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 218-681-2345 ext. 3713 or email me at shelby.erickson@myprowler.org


    Matthew Gates - School Counselor

    I am a school counselor at Challenger Elementary. I am from Wisconsin originally where I obtained my Master's degree from UW-River Falls. I previously worked as a long term substitute counselor in Chippewa Falls. I enjoy biking and reading during my free time.  I am here to support all of the students and staff at Challenger Elementary. I am here to listen and help you if you are having problems with friends, school, homework, and emotions. I want to help you stay positive all day and help you to achieve life goals for school and home. I am here to cheer you and help you succeed. If anyone has any questions or concerns please contact me at 218-681-2345 ext 3707 or email me at matthew.gates@myprowler.org


    Jill Johnson - School Counselor

    I have been a teacher for 26 years! I've taught for 12 years at Challenger Elementary, most of them in 3rd Grade, some in Kindergarten & Title I. I ran a pregnant & parenting teen program for the TRF district for 8 years, as well. I've also had the opportunity to teach 4th grade near the Mexican border right out of college ... Harlingen, Texas, for 4 years. I can help solve problems you are having trouble solving on your own. I'm here to listen if you are hurting, worried or need a friend. I can help you manage your emotions and keep you safe. I'm here to cheer you on and help you keep going. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 218-681-2345 ext. 3706 or email me at jill.johnson@myprowler.org

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