Counseling Corner

There are two counselors at Northeast Middle School: Deborah Nelson and Erica Gates Routa. They are available Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m and have offices in the school's main office area.

Ms. Nelson has been a counselor at NEMS since 2005. She has a K-12 School Counselor License earned from the University of Minnesota in May of 2005. Previous to school counseling, Ms. Nelson was a Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Minnesota for ten years. She helped people with disabilities reach their vocational goals.

Ms. Nelson's philosophy is to help students to help themselves. Her goal is to reach all students through classroom guidance lessons, individual planning and counseling, and small group counseling. 
Her direct telephone number is 668-1505, her fax number is 668-1510, and her email address is
Ms. Gates starting working part-time as a counselor at NEMS last year and before that she worked at the University of Minnesota since 2002 developing afterschool programs for youth in Minneapolis and St. Paul through the Urban 4-H program. She received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Educational Psychology (Counseling and Student Personnel) from the University of Minnesota and has a K-12 school counselor license through the state of Minnesota.
Ms. Gates is also the parent and volunteer liaison at NEMS this year.  She is looking forward to collaborating with students, parents, and teachers to support young people’s academic, career, and personal/social needs and goals.  Her goal is to be an advocate and build a system of support for students to be successful in school, fulfill their future goals, and find a passion for life and learning.
Her direct telephone number is 612-668-1503 and her email address is