Counseling & Mental Health

Our Jefferson Counselors

Mrs. Galstad

Picture of one of our fabulous counselors, Mrs. Galstad.

I received my Masters of Education in School Counseling from Heritage University in 2010 and have worked as a school counselor at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in both Oregon and Washington. I truly believe I have the best job in the world because I get to connect with, encourage, and teach future world-changers! One of my favorite things to teach students is the power of the brain/body connection and how our thoughts influence our feelings and actions. I love to incorporate movement and imagination into my work any chance I get. When I’m not at Jefferson with my students you can find me taking long walks and hikes with my dog, camping and boating with my husband and four kids, and generally just chasing the sun and seeking adventure in all of the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer.


Mrs. Oram

Picture of one of our fabulous counselors, Mrs. Oram.

Hello!  My name is Susie Oram, and I am one of the counselors at Jefferson Elementary. I have been a counselor here for 21 years, and I firmly believe that ALL children can be successful. Each student has strengths and treasures to share with our world, and I work with students to ensure they are able to identify and utilize those treasures. What I love most about my job is  working with kids! I find great pleasure in helping students learn, develop, and expand their social and emotional, and academic skills. I moved to Richland when I was in first grade. I attended Richland schools, went away to college, moved back after college, and married my high school sweetheart!  We have been married for 27 years. We have two children, Jake and Megan. My family means the world to me. I love children’s books, reading, walking, hiking, tie-dying, and cooking (and eating!). My undergraduate degree is in Applied Psychology, I have a Master’s in Educational Counseling, and I am a National Board Certified “Teacher.” I have really been blessed to work at Jefferson for as long as I have. We have wonderful students, families, staff, and community. It is the best place in the world to work! Please don’t hesitate to call or email if there is anything I can do to help your student. I am here for your family!

Susie Oram

Whitney Galstad

Mrs. G's YouTube Channel

Photo of Mrs. G and her pal, Nemo, recording Kindness week 5