Join Aimee Portteus, Director of School Counseling Initiatives for Inspire Success, as she speaks with Karen Santana, an elementary school counselor in Evansville, and Laura Robbins, high school counselor at South Newton! During this episode, you’ll hear about some data collection tools used, how & when to collect/analyze, why it’s important, the impact data can have on a counseling program, & data usage for student advocacy! While Karen and Laura’s districts look vastly different as Karen works in a large, urban district and Laura, a small, rural district, they share an appreciation for data & have experienced how impactful it can be for their program and students!

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Moderator – Aimee Portteus, Inspire Success

Aimee Portteus is the Director of School Counseling Initiatives for Inspire Success, an educational non-profit organization that supports the work of school counselors.

Guest 1 – Laura Robbins

School Counselor

South Newton High School


Laura has served as the High School Counselor at South Newton in rural northwest Indiana since 2012. She and her husband, Kyle, have two kids that keep them on their toes. Laura also coaches high school volleyball in all her free time Laura’s motto since 2020 is “You can do hard things” and so can YOU!

Guest 2 – Karen Santana, Counselor

School Counselor: Lodge Community School

Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation


Karen has been the Counselor at Lodge Community School for over 10 years. She serves students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Karen’s school recently earned RAMP recognition in 2022.