For the well being of all people in our care, Rochester Catholic Schools provides a comprehensive counseling program to students and families, employing licensed counselors in all three of our preschool-grade 8 school sites. School Counselors work with all students and their families to address emotional, behavioral or academic concerns, as well as to provide counseling for developmental concerns such as friendships, conflicts, following directions, anger management, respectful communication, study, and organization skills.

Counselors play a significant role in identifying and referring students for mental health and academic evaluations. Students are sometimes referred to  the Child Study Teams in the Rochester Public Schools, private speech and language practices, The Reading Center and local mental health providers.  Once the evaluations are complete, the counselors are instrumental in writing accommodation plans or coordinating services with the Rochester Public Schools.

Counseling programs at each school include a wide array of both preventative and social skill education which include:

Preventative Education

Examples of preventative education include:
  • bullying prevention
  • Safe Environment Program (Circle of Grace) which includes a "Victim Services” presentation of creating awareness of appropriate touch for students in grade 6.

Social Skills Education

Examples of social skill education include:  
  • conflict resolution
  • communication
  • study skills
  • understanding emotions and regulation
  • friendships

All classroom counseling lessons support the Rochester Catholic Schools curriculum guidelines. RCS Counselors meet individually or in small groups with students to address specific topics, offering a custom program based on need.

Crisis Response Team

Rochester Catholic Schools’ counselors are part of a crisis response team. This team is committed to being available for students, faculty, and staff in the event of local, national or even global crisis situations. RCS counselors provide comfort and understanding during times of crisis, minimizing the emotional and psychological effects of disruptive events. Our goal is a quick and thorough response to a crisis so that our students will be reassured of their safety and sense of well-being. RCS counseling services includes consultation and collaboration with parents on student/family needs and referrals to community health professionals if additional assistance is deemed necessary.


Katie Kelly
7-8 Counselor
(507) 282-5248 x4109

Jovan Kristo

5-6 Counselor
(507) 282-5248 x4109

Nelle Moriarty
k-4 Counselor
(507) 282-5161