• Pearl Creek Elementary's School Counselor




    UPDATE: MARCH 2020

    With the information that school will be closed for the remainder of this school year, I have created a new tab "School Closure 2020" that provides a list of resources that are available in the Fairbanks community. I will update this resource list as needed. If you have a specific need, please email me at kjersten.bartusch@k12northstar.org. These are trying times, but we are here for each other. ♥♥


    I am posting the social-emotional learning lessons during the school closure under the "Counseling Lessons" tab on this page. 


    Thank you for stopping by!



    Hello! My name is Kjersten Bartusch and I am the school counselor at Pearl Creek Elementary! The 2019-2020 school year marks my 10th year at Pearl Creek and my 14th year as a school counselor in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (whoa!).

    In my role as the school’s counselor, I meet with each class on a biweekly basis to provide lessons on character development, emotion regulation, personal safety, human growth & development, and other various topics throughout the school year. In addition to classroom lessons, I am available to meet with students individually, facilitate small groups, and help to connect parents and families to resources within our community. That being said, I truly believe in the power of establishing relationships with EVERY student and helping them to feel connected to our school community; I am honored to be a part of the Pearl Creek community and playing a supportive role for our students and families.

    On a personal note, I was born and raised here in Fairbanks, AK. I attended Nordale Elementary, Tanana Middle School, West Valley High School, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees.  A product of the local public education system myself, I have fond memories of my school years here in Fairbanks and seek to connect with all students at Pearl Creek through meaningful and memorable interactions. I am also a mother of 3 young boys, who are all Pearl Creek Puffins, and enjoy spending time with family, friends, and tackling the occasional DIY home project!

    Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance, or with questions and/or concerns.

    I am looking forward to another inspiring, fun, and productive school year at Pearl Creek!


Kjersten Bartusch

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Last Modified on April 15, 2020