• Hello my name is Krisit Spitzer and I am the Professional School Counselor.

    My husband, Glenn and I live in Leola and have two sons, Colton (13) and Connor (11).  Even though my husband and I both attended Leola High School, we were from two different parts of the district.  He is from Long Lake and I grew up around Wetonka.  We both have large families and enjoy having the gift of many generations at family gatherings.  Although we live in the city of Leola, we have a small acerage on the edge of town where we have various types of livestock depending on the year.  As a family we love to be outside and enjoy camping and fishing.  My husband and the boys are avid sportsman as well.  We also like following the boys in their sporting events. 

    I began my involvement with the educational system as a prevention specialist in the Aberdeen  School District.  I worked in this position for approximately six years before returning to school at Northern State University to obtain my Master’s Degree in School Counseling.  Upon completion of my degree, I worked as the Dean of Students for 6-12, Athletic Director, Testing Coordinator and K-12 Counselor in Leola.  Following this position, I worked as a Mental Health Counselor in Northern State University’s Counseling Center. 

    Prior to working in the educational system, I was a casemanager/counselor at NEMH Center, a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor, a child protection social worker and also trained and licensed foster homes for the State of South Dakota. 

    I love that my job is never the same day twice.  I also love the school environment where you get to see students in their normal environment.  I believe that when you see students in the school you see their strengths as well as their areas of growth.  I also enjoy watching students as they grow and change and master the skills needed to become productive citizens. 

    When I'm not at the school I love being outside when it is warm, not so much in the winter. I also love being active outside whether it is gardening, camping, dealing with the livestock on the farm or out on the boat fishing.  Attending my boys sporting events and attending those of my nieces and nephews consumes many evenings and weekends.   I also love to travel and consider myself a life-long learner. 

    Spitzer

    Kristi.Spitzer@k12.sd.us