Counselors, Social Workers & Support Staff

  • Students are able to stop in before or after school to make appointments. 
     
    Student Services Staff Bios
     
    Barb Nelson | 9th Grade Counselor | Class of 2023
    Phone: 952-928-­6131 | Email: nelson.barbara@slpschools.org 

    As a graduate of St Louis Park High School, Barb Nelson enjoys being a part of the community where she grew up. She completed an undergraduate BAS degree in Family Life Education, with a minor in Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She then attended Winona State University to earn a Master’s degree in Counselor Education. 

    Heidi Cosgrove | 10th Grade Counselor | Class of 2022
    Phone: 952-928-­6132 | Email: cosgrove.heidi@slpschools.org
     
    Heidi is starting her 19th year as a School Counselor with SLP. She is originally from Blaine, MN and now resides in Bloomington with her husband John, daughter Amelia, and two cats Pepper and Sabre. She completed her undergraduate degree at Gustavus Adolphus College with a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and a minor in Sociology; sidenote - she regrets not taking her Intro to Music Performance class as this would have allowed her to obtain a Music minor, she loves piano and wind ensemble groups, but is scared to sing. She then earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Counselor Education at Indiana University (GO HOOSIERS!) In her spare time, she loves to have girl-time with her daughter and watch The Voice, and play games (Monopoly Jr, Clue, Uno). Heidi and her husband also love Netflix, Candy Crush, and going to movies.
     
    Laura King | 11th Grade Counselor | Class of 2021
    Phone: 952-928-­6126 | Email: king.laura@slpschools.org
     
    Laura is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. She attended UW-Madison for her undergraduate studies in Sociology and is a Badger fan to this day! Upon graduation, Laura went to UW-Stout for her graduate work in School Counseling. Laura has worked at schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Denver, Colorado and St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and getting out in nature. Minneapolis has been home to Laura for the past 12 years.
     
    Kelsey Milne | 12th Grade Counselor | Class of 2020
    Phone: 952-928-­6128 | Email: milne.kelsey@slpschools.org

    Kelsey enjoys being a part of the St. Louis Park community by working at the High School. She grew up in the area and graduated college from DePauw University located in Greencastle, IN with a degree in Communications. She earned her Master’s degree in School Counseling from Minnesota State University Mankato and is currently working on an Ed. D degree from St. Cloud State University. Kelsey loves to do yoga and go on walks. She also is very active in Safe Hands Animal Rescue, and loves fostering dogs and helping them find their forever homes.  

    Marlee Nirenstein | Social Worker | Grades 10 & 12
    Phone: 952-928­-6137 | Email: nirenstein.marlee@slpschools.org

    Marlee obtained her BA in Psychology and went on to pursue a master’s degree in social work (MSW), which she completed in 2000. She is a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and is licensed through both the Minnesota Board of Social Work and holds her school social work license through the Minnesota Board of Education. Marlee has twenty years of experience in working in the mental health field, and the majority of that time has been spent working as a social worker at St. Louis Park High School. Marlee has a passion for advocating for students’ and families and for connecting students and with the community and mental health resources they need to succeed academically and thrive emotionally. Marlee resides in Minnetonka with her spouse and two daughters.

    Lauren Buxton | Social Worker | Grades 9 & 11
    Phone: 952-928­-6267 | Email: buxton.lauren@slpschools.org
     
    Lauren has been employed at the high school for the past 16 years in various roles including a special education social worker, Director of Students, and now as a social worker serving 10th and 12th grade students. She obtained her BA at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and her MA at Ohio State University.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed School Social Worker through the Minnesota Board of Education. She worked many years in traditional clinical settings prior to her employment for St Louis Park Schools. Lauren has a passion for serving all students, but particularly those who are historically underserved.  She seeks to support students through advocacy, accessing resources, promoting restorative practices, facilitating groups, and meeting with students individually.  She resides in Bloomington with her spouse and enjoys spending time outdoors, cooking, and travel.
     
    Kelly Brown | BARR Coordinator
    Phone: 952-928-6122 | Email: brown.kelly@slpschools.org

    Kelly enjoys the opportunity to live and work in St. Louis Park. She taught English at the high school for 14 years before becoming the Building Assets, Reducing Risks (BARR) coordinator two years ago. Kelly attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and earned a B.S. in Secondary English Education and English as a Second Language. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota. She enjoys spending time with her kids, running, and coaching the SLP cross country team!

    Al Wachutka | Gifted & Talented Advocate
    Phone: 952-928-6284 | Email: wachutka.alan@slpschools.org