About Our Staff
I am the Special Education Social Worker at the High School and ALC. I have been with the Worthington School District since 2014. I attended the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Family Studies. I then completed my Master of Social Work Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine (St. Paul, MN). I am a Licensed School Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). I previously worked at Southwestern Mental Health Center providing therapy to students at the Worthington Public Schools.
I am excited to be a member of the District 518 team. I believe in doing anything possible to help students overcome whatever obstacles might be hindering their educational experience, allowing them the ability to succeed.
My name is Jesse Nitzschke. I am a Le Mars Community High School graduate. I received a degree in Counseling Psychology at Morningside College and a Masters in School Counseling at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
I first started working with the high school aged population with the Upward Bound program at Creighton University as a resident advisor. I really enjoyed talking to students about their passions and their futures. I did my practicum experience at Maranatha Christian Academy high school in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. I did a middle school practicum at Northeast Middle School in the Minneapolis School District. Finally, I split my elementary practicum at Pilot Knob Elementary and Somerset Elementary School in the West St. Paul School District.
I really enjoy cooking and “adventurous foods.” Specifically, I am known to be a “spice monger!”
Hello! My name is Lakeyta Swinea and I am a Licensed School Counselor at the Worthington High School. This is my second year working as a School Counselor at WHS. I am originally from Worthington and when I graduated from high school in 2003 I decided to go to college to study Psychology. I earned my Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Psychology at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia in 2007. I continued my education at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota to earn a Master’s of Science in School Counseling in 2011.
I truly believe that every youth should have the tools and resources they need to be successful in life and that my role as a school counselor is to provide those opportunities. I enjoy working with students in helping them make positive choices and planning for their future.
My name is Daniel L. Schnelle I am a High School Counselor.
I have a BS degree in History and a MA degree in Counseling from the University of South Dakota.
I was a counselor in Iowa for 17 years prior to coming to Worthington in August 1999.
I believe strongly in the value of education to individuals and society in general and am happy to be part of the process of helping students reach their potential.