Counseling Center

Mission Statement of Woodland’s Comprehensive Counseling Program

The mission of Woodland School District counseling program is to provide comprehensive, developmental counseling, addressing academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. In partnership with other educators, parents/guardians, and community members we seek to develop in each and every student an understanding of the importance of hard work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect educational and career opportunities. We encourage and support each student in maximizing his or her potential and becoming a productive, contributing member of society.

Mr. Ben Nelson

5th and 6th Grade Counselor

My name is Ben Nelson and this is my first year at Woodland Middle School. I graduated from Warner Pacific in Portland, Oregon and have my master's in School Counseling. I love all sports and coach football, basketball, and track. Other than sports some of my favorite activities are movies and traveling. I am excited to be a part of the Woodland community and look forward to a great year!

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photograph garrett degraaff fifth and sixth grade counselor

Mr. Garrett DeGraaff

7th and 8th Grade Counselor

My name is Garrett DeGraaff and this is my fifth year at Woodland Middle School. I graduated from Eastern Washington University with my bachelor’s degree and from George Fox University with my master's degree in School Counseling. Personally, I love to play or watch any sport you can think of and I love spending time with my wife, 4 year old son (Dawson), 2 year old daughter (Olivia), and newborn (Noah). I am excited to continue to form great relationships with staff, students, and parents!

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