Counseling & Student Services

  • Counseling & Student Services Secretary:  Kaili Opp 701.323.4662

    Counselors are available from 7:45 am - 3:45 pm; Monday-Friday


Building Counselor

8th Grade Counselor

  • Mr. Kris Heiple

    Phone: 701.323.4670
    Email: 8th Grade Counselor  


    B.A. Global Studies - University of Northwestern - St. Paul (2013)
    M.S. Counseling - University of Mary (2017)

7th Grade Counselor

  • Mrs. Erin Goheen

    Phone: 701.323.4666
    Email: 7th Grade Counselor  


    Hello Wachter Family & happy 2022-2023 school year! I am very grateful to continue my educational journey here in Bismarck Public Schools; thank you for this opportunity! Originally, I am from Indiana and graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and as a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. I served two years in Okinawa, Japan and two years in Minot, North Dakota as a Logistics Readiness Officer. When I finished my Master of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University, I started my role as an educator. My educational experiences include paraprofessional work for students with autism, substitute teaching at grade levels K-12, teaching elementary Spanish in Indiana, and elementary school counseling in both Virginia and North Dakota.

    Although I have not counseled at the middle school level yet, I am beyond excited to meet our students and be a part of the legendary Wildcat team! As I try to navigate a new district and a new team, I humbly ask for your patience, as I know mistakes will be plenty.  Change is scary and unsettling, but I am looking forward to seeing growth in myself this year, right alongside my students.

    It is my hope that together, with my students, their caretakers, and our educational teammates, we can grow in self-awareness and connectedness with each other. I look forward to meeting you and learning from you. Please come as you are, feel welcomed and accepted, and know that my office is a safe place of no judgement. Feedback and collaboration are always accepted and appreciated. Thank you!


    All students

    • Are unique, and when given a safe, nurturing environment, will succeed to their fullest potential
    • Should have access to a high-quality education
    • Should have access to sound nutrition paired with physical activity
    • Should have access to a safe and supportive environment where they can play and grow
    • Should have access to stable and nurturing relationships with adults
    • Should have access to a comprehensive school counseling program
    • Have the right to be heard and treated with respect and dignity
    • Have strengths

    The school counseling program

    • Will use data to drive the program goals, development, and evaluation
    • Will engage students in classroom, group, and/or individual activities
    • Will advocate for the academic, personal/social, and career development needs of all students
    • Is a fundamental agent in the promotion of a safe, caring, and respectful school climate for all students
    • Will be designed and administered by licensed school counselors in collaboration with educators, students, administration, parents & guardians, and community members
    • Is based on specific standards and developmental competencies for students as set forth by the American School Counselor Association
    • Will be preventative and proactive when addressing the needs of the students and the school
    • Will support and promote the district’s goals for student success and the district’s mission and vision
    • Will support the school’s goals for student success and the school’s mission and vision
    • Will consider students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, and special needs in planning and implementing
    • Will advocate for all students

    School counselors

    • Will participate in ongoing professional development to maintain a quality school counseling program
    • Will abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association
    • Are advocates for every student
    • Will voice, and help all educators and staff to voice, students’ strengths ALWAYS before concerns



    “We are happy, life-long problem solvers”



    “Empower all learners”

6th Grade Counselor

Social Worker

  • Mrs. Angela Messmer

    701-323-4650 ext. 5622

    Email: Social Worker


Family Liaison