ABO Elementary Student Advocate Alyssa Chase

At their January meeting, the Agar-Blunt-Onida School Board elected to add a Student Advocate position to the elementary staff to work with kids to get them on track to school success. Student Advocates work to ensure a meaningful education for each student. A candidate to fill the position was found in Gettysburg native Alyssa (Cronin) Chase.

Following her graduation from Gettysburg High School, Chase attended South Dakota State University, eventually earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She says she was inspired to go into the field by her recognition that “Especially in today’s society, I think that counseling is something that can benefit everybody.”

Chase is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who prior to returning to her hometown last fall, was working at Avera Behavioral Health in Sioux Falls. “I really liked that job, but wanted to move back to the area.”

Her prior experience has been in private practice, but she is getting her school counseling certification under the supervision of ABO Guidance Counselor Kris Sweeter. The Student Advocate position is part time, and Chase also works part time for Northeastern Mental Health of Aberdeen serving the Gettysburg area.