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Teri Peterson, School Counselor

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Hello JMS students and families! I am Jefferson’s new school counselor and I’m here to help with students’ social/emotional and academic needs. I have a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Puget Sound and I have previously worked as a school counselor in the University Place and Centralia school districts. I am also a U.S. Army veteran and my husband recently retired from the Army after 25 years of service. I have two teenage children who are navigating the worlds of middle and high school just like Jefferson students. My favorite thing in the world is taking care of the various farm animals on my family’s hobby farm. We have donkeys, horses, goats, a cow, chickens, barn cats, dogs, and a hedgehog. They are a lot of work but so much fun to be around. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. If you have an urgent mental health need, please contact the Crisis Line for immediate support at 866-427-4747 or visit the Crisis Connections website.


Healthy Youth Survey

The surveys are used to learn about health behaviors of young people to help us better meet student’s needs. If a student is bothered or upset by the survey, we encourage them to talk to a trusted adult for help. In addition, students can contact one of the resources in the link below for support.


Healthy Youth Survey Resources – English
Healthy Youth Survey Resources – Spanish


Please contact Mrs. Peterson if you need the resources in an additional language.

Community Resources


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TOGETHER! Is a nonprofit organization that serves youth and families in the South Sound to advance the health and well-being of all young people. Access their Family Resource Guide here.

Olympia School District Resources for Youth and Families

Thurston County Community Services List

Washington Connection LogoWashington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs.


Weekend Food Bags

All Kids Win, a local non-profit 501c3 corporation, provides food bags for students of families in need to take home for the weekend. Please contact the school counselor at [email protected] if this service would be helpful for your student.