Hello kind friends, my name is Mrs. Debi Jaeke and I am the School Counselor at Western Hills.  I have been teaching in OPS for over 25 years. I earned my Elementary Education and Early Childhood degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney.  I have a Master's Degree in Reading from UNO and a Master's Degree of School Counseling from Wayne State College.

As a school counselor, I work with the students in their classrooms, in small groups, and individually.  I am also happy to meet with parents and provide resources that can help assist your child to be the best he or she can be.

In the classroom, I lead 30 minute lessons weekly in grades PreK-6 and ACP.  I utilize the Second Step guidance curriculum, as well as teach hands-on creative activities that support the standards set by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

I meet with small groups as needed.  Groups are usually 4-6 students that meet to talk, share feelings, and learn coping skills when they are dealing with similar concerns.  Small groups are made based on the needs expressed to the counselor by students, teachers, and parents.  Some small group topics include: anxiety, friendship, anger management, study skills, and family changes.

Parents, teachers, and students can request individual time with the counselor.  I meet with individuals to work on plans for academic success, to problem solve, help with friends, identify strengths and motivation, work on behavior concerns, learn to cope with emotions, and to deal with life and family changes.

Parents come to me when seeking help for their child regarding issues that are affecting their learning and educational experience.  I can also provide information and assistance regarding available community resources and outside counseling services.  If you need to talk to me, please don't hesitate to stop in, call me at 531-299-8618 or email me at 

My motto at Western Hills is "Kind People Are My Kind Of People".  We are definitely focusing on the #be kind movement and I teach ways to spread kindness around our school, our neighborhood, our community, and our world!  Kindness matters.


Ms. Jaeke