Phone: 605-847-4455


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Miss Mariah Nelson

Hello Everyone! My name is Mariah Nelson. I am currently starting my first year at Lake Preston as the School Counselor. I graduated in May of 2020 from South Dakota State University with my masters in Counseling and Human Resource Development, specializing in school counseling. I also received my undergraduate degree from SDSU in Human Development and Family Studies. Go Jacks!

I grew up in Garretson, SD, a small town located about 25 miles northeast of Sioux Falls. I spend a lot of my free time outside. I love to take my two Golden Retrievers for walks and go for long bike rides. I also enjoy attending sporting events and watching the NFL. Go Vikings! I love to travel and explore new places. I hope to someday visit all 50 states. I have 15 to go!

I am so excited to become a Diver and I cannot wait to meet all my new students. I am eager to assist students in any way that I can and to support to the Diver community. I am here to answer any questions about post high school plans, scholarships, financial aid, and mental health resources as well as assist my students in developing problem-solving skills and healthy coping mechanisms.

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