All counselors are responsible for personal, educational, and career counseling, parent conferences and contacts, registering new students, regular education representation at special education IEP/CST meetings, counseling curriculum implementation, schedule changes, cumulative record updating, pre-scheduling orientations, classroom visitations (9—12 grades), career/tech advisory board representation, bus, hall, extra-curricular duties, CRT testing, AP test proctoring, Young Parents, ACT test organization/proctoring, threat/suicide assessments, summer school registration.
Nick Budeski was born and raised in Great Falls, MT and is a CMR graduate. He studied at the University of Providence after high school and received his Bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education. In May of 2018, he earned his Master's in School Counseling from MSU-Northern. Prior to his five years in the Great Falls Public Schools, he taught two years of grades 7-12 ELA in Fort Benton.
Mr. Budeski is the counselor for last names beginning with A—D, and his duties include ASVAB organization, Business Advisory Board, College Visit facilitator, College in a Day liaison, CRT coordinator, Grief Group, and Military Liaison.
He can be reached by telephone at 406-268-6160, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacie Schoenen was born and raised in the southeastern Montana town of Terry and graduated from Terry High School. She studied English education and psychology at Montana State University—Billings, earning a bachelor’s degree in education. She taught 8th grade English in Glendive, Montana, for two years before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada. While in Las Vegas, she taught 9th—11th grade English and psychology. In 2003 she returned to Montana and continued her career at CMR. She earned her counseling master’s degree and taught 10th—12th English for three years before moving to the Advisement Center in 2007.
Her duties include students with last names beginning with E—K, PSAT, Med Prep Advisory Board, AP Test coordinator, Academic Variance Committee, Bridging Opportunities Committee, Building Safety Team, Class Notes/Classroom Visits organizer, Crisis Team, Graduation Committee, and Building Nurture.
Mrs. Schoenen can be reached by telephone at 406-268-6112 or by email at email@example.com.
Brenda Lowry was born and raised in Great Falls and is a CMR graduate. She studied elementary education at the University of Montana and earned a bachelor’s degree in that field. For 13 years she worked at Valley View Elementary School, teaching 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades and 3-4 combo class. After earning her master’s degree in counseling from Montana State University—Northern, Brenda worked as a school counselor at Valley View and Riverview Elementary Schools for two years. She joined the CMR counseling staff in 2005.
Her counseling duties include students with last names beginning with L—Q, Scholarship Coordinator, Academic Variance Committee Chair, Department Leader, District Crisis Team, SIP Team, Industrial Tech Advisory Board, Bridging Opportunities Committee, NCAA Clearinghouse Coordinator, Life Events Coordinator, and Scheduling Coordinator.
Mrs. Lowry can be reached by telephone at 406-268-6111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brittany Light is a Great Falls native and graduated from Great Falls High School. She earned her bachelor's degree in Mathematics at Montana Tech in Butte and taught math and special education here at CMR for four years. During her time teaching, she earned an endorsement in Special Education and a master's degree in counseling from Montana State University-Northern.
Her counseling duties include students with last names R—Z, Website Coordinator, Visions Newsletter, District Crisis Team, Remind 101, ACT Testing Building Coordinator, College Application Week, College Fair, Enrichment Coordinator, and Classroom Visit Coordinator.
Mrs. Light can be reached by telephone at 406-268-6110 or by email at email@example.com
Jennifer Packer is our Associate Student Services Coordinator (Special Education). She grew up in Michigan and graduated with a BA in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and later earned her endorsement in Special Education from Oakland University. After moving to Montana, Jennifer taught in Lincoln for six years and has been at CMR since 2001 teaching math in the resource classroom. She later earned her MA in Administration through Montana State University and assumed her current leadership position within the Special Education department.
Part of her duties include administrating IEP meetings, scheduling identified students, working with parents, and supporting teachers within the Special Education department.
Mrs. Packer can be reached by phone at 406-268-7518 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org