As counselors, we support our school community  through pro-active, developmentally appropriate programming in the area of social/personal, academic and college/career readiness.  Our role is to foster an inclusive, collaborative environment where all students can become successful members of society.

Many of the ways we can help students and families include:

  • Academic, social/emotional and career/college guidance
  • Crisis intervention and prevention
  • Communication and teaming with students, staff and families about student issues
  • Student placement and scheduling, including high school registration and AVID program
  • Classroom guidance curriculum and presentations
  • Coordination of student 504 plans
  • Interpretation and coordination of MCA and EXPLORE testing
  • Liaison with new and prospective families/coordinate transition to the building
  • Leadership in various building initiatives
  • Refer families to outside agencies as requested

Janeen Kuemmel


Grades 6-8

Last name beginning with A-I

I am very excited to be working with your child.  I am originally from Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a Bachelors and Master's degree in Social Work.  I have been working at Sunrise Park Middle School since 1993.  I currently live in Cottage Grove with my husband Phil and my three children, Meghan, Josh and Jake.  I enjoy playing sports, reading and travelling.  I look forward to meeting you and encourage you to call if you have any concerns or questions.

Erika Heltner


Grades 6-8

Last name beginning with J-Q

I am very excited to be working at Sunrise Park Middle School.  I look forward to meeting with all of my students each year to set goals and plan for the future.  I am also available to guide my students and their families as they navigate academic and social emotional issues, and I can facilitate community resource connections as needed.  I received my Masters from the University of Minnesota's Counseling and Student Personnel and Psychology program and received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Gustavus Adolphus College.  When I'm not working with students, I love skiing, traveling, reading and running.  Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.

Sarah Fuhrman


Grade 6-8

Last name beginning with R-Z

I have been working at Sunrise Park as a School Social Worker since 1998.  I received my Bachelor of Social Work at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and my Masters in Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine.  I live in White Bear Lake with my husband, Jake, daughters Celia and Kate, and my yellow lab, Lucy.  I enjoy reading, running and relaxing at the cabin.  I have also enjoyed being one of the WEB Coordinators at Sunrise since 2006.

Stephanie Tollison


I started working for the White Bear Lake School District in 1997.  While I have worked in the elementary and high school settings in the past, I have been at Sunrise Park Middle School as the School Psychologist since 1998.  My husband and I live with our three children in Woodbury.  When not working, I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking and staying active!

Jennifer Funk


I grew up in Iowa and moved to Minneapolis eight years ago.  I loved it so much that I'm still here!  I'm very excited to be at Sunrise Park Middle School this year!  I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel University and my Addiction Studies Certificate from the University of Minnesota.  I have been working in the chemical dependency field for the past six years.  In my free time I love spending time with my family, traveling to new places and anything active during all the seasons!