Meet the Counselors

Rachal Tanesky
I have been a school counselor at Lafayette Meadows since 2013, prior to that I was a social worker with SCAN Inc in Fort Wayne for 7 years.  I received my bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Saint Francis.  My favorite part of being a school counselor is seeing the joy on my students faces.  I love working with students, teachers, and families to help our students grow socially, emotionally, and academically.  I also enjoy camping, kayaking, and riding bikes with my family.  I have one daughter in elementary and one in preschool.  This year I will be working with grades K,1,2, and 4 (both online and in person).  I can be reached by calling the school, using the online referral or by email at [email protected]

Bethany Blackburn
 Hi! My name is Bethany Blackburn and I am the part time counselor at Lafayette Meadows Elementary!  I am formerly an elementary teacher and received my bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and got my Masters in school counseling from the University of Saint Francis!  I have lived in 6 different states and moved more than 10 times with my husband who is in the army national guard! I have an 11  year old son named Ethan and a puppy named Pippa! We like to bike, swim, hike, walk, watch movies, and just have fun together!  I look forward to serving students in 3rd and 5th grades, parents, and staff this year in whatever ways possible and grow and learn together! Please feel free to contact me with any of your needs.  Thank you!

  • I will be available at school Monday – Friday 11:30am-3:30pm
  • I am available online at [email protected]

Mission: To help all students reach their full potential academically, emotionally, and socially.

Classroom Guidance Lessons-Each classroom will meet with counselor at least once per month to learn about topics like: bullying, friendship, lifelines, careers, and more.

Small Group Counseling-Students can choose to participate (with parent permission) in small groups that meet at various times throughout the year covering topics like: being a new student, family changes, friendship, anger, and being a successful student.

Individual Crisis Counseling- Students can be referred by a parent, teacher, or themselves to talk with counselor about something that is bothering them. These topics can include bullying, friendship, family, or academic issues. Students requiring long term counseling will be referred to an outside provider.